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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
The most-maligned player in the NFC South the past couple of years no longer is in the NFC South.
Jason David, the cornerback New Orleans fans loved to hate, has been released by the Saints. David had a tough time in Friday's preseason game against Cincinnati and it was reminiscent of his pass coverage the past two years.
With the arrival of rookie Malcolm Jenkins and free agent Jabari Greer, plus solid play from Randall Gay, David became expendable. The move saves the Saints $1.5 million in cap space.
Keep an eye on that cap space because the Saints may not be done yet. Although they worked out veteran linebacker Derrick Brooks, they haven't signed him -- yet. This is still possible. There's no sense rushing Brooks into camp because he can pick up a new defense quickly and doesn't need to get worn down before the start of the regular season.
Speaking of the start of the regular season, here's something else to consider: The Saints could wait until after the first game to make a move on Brooks. That way his salary wouldn't be guaranteed for the entire season.