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Thursday, March 19, 2009
McKenzie became secondary in Saints' overhaul

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

The New Orleans Saints just released veteran cornerback Mike McKenzie, ESPN's John Clayton reports.

Not a big surprise here after the recent additions of defensive backs Jabari Greer and Darren Sharper. More than anything, the Saints needed some salary-cap move and they've freed up $4.5 million by releasing McKenzie.

Overhauling the secondary has been a major emphasis this offseason and McKenzie, who is coming off his second major knee injury in two years became expendable. The Saints are counting on Greer to start at one cornerback position and they also have Tracy Porter returning after an injury-shortened rookie season. He'll be in the mix for playing time with Randall Gay, Jason David and Usama Young.

The Saints likely will pair Sharper with Roman Harper as the starting safeties.