Saints make roster moves; cut ties with Thomas & Patrick

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New Orleans, La. - The Saints announced Tuesday that they have released Tight End David Thomas and waived Cornerback Johnny Patrick.

Patrick struggled in his two years in New Orleans, playing sparingly in nine regular season games in 2011 and being picked on by offenses for much of the 2012 campaign.

Thomas dealt with concussions in 2011 but the six year NFL veteran played in 15 games in 2012.

"David has been important part of our team since the day he arrived here immediately after the 2009 preseason and we appreciate everything he did for us these last four seasons," said Head Coach Sean Payton. "With his dependability, intelligence and work ethic, he was someone our players and coaches could always rely on. On the field, he would set a physical tone and his versatility proved to be a great asset for us."

"This was an extremely difficult decision to make with David today," said General Manager Mickey Loomis. "Since he came here in 2009, he's been an important part of our team, both with his performance on the field and with the outstanding veteran leadership he's provided for us."