NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - As NFL teams prepare for the new league year, veterans are being released to clear cap space and two former Saints, left tackle Jermon Bushrod and running back Joique Bell, fell victim to moves by their respective teams, Chicago and Detroit.
Bushrod was drafted by the Saints in the fourth round of the 2009 draft and played four seasons in New Orleans before departing via free agency. Chicago General Manager and former Saints front office man Ryan Pace released a statement about the decision. "We thank Jermon for his contributions to the Bears," Pace said. "I have so much respect for how he carries himself on and off the field. He was a locker room leader and contributor in helping the younger players on our team grow. We wish him and his family the best as they move forward."
As for Bell, he never played in the regular season with the Saints but played well enough in the 2011 preseason to eventually be picked up by Detroit off the New Orleans practice squad. In four seasons with the Lions, the 27-year-old rushed for 2,235 yards and 22 touchdowns, including one in 2015 when the Lions visited the Superdome on Monday Night Football. The Michigan native tweeted out a statement that read in part, "It's been a pleasure Detroit. Home is where the heart is and my heart will always be here."