Saints end relationship with Mueller

Saints end relationship with Mueller

1:34 PM Wed, Jun 04, 2008 |
Bradley Handwerger

The rumors have been out there for much of the morning and now the Saints have made it official, sending out a press release this afternoon.

Vice President of Player Personnel Rick Mueller is no longer with the franchise as it’s “restructuring” the Player Personnel Department.

The club also hired Khai Harley to become the Director of Football Administration. Harley’s previous job was with the league as the manager of labor operations with the NFL Management Council.

According to the release the Saints sent out, “Harley’s primary focus with the Saints will be managing the salary cap, and his responsibilities will also include contract negotiations, coordinating different areas of the football operations and being involved in the administrative functions of running the club on a daily basis.”

General Manager Mickey Loomis, in getting rid of Mueller and the Player Personnel Department as we know it, said it was a tough decision. He noted that under Mueller the franchise drafted running back Deuce McAllister, wide receiver Marques Colston and defensive end Will Smith, all of whom were pretty key in New Orleans’ 2006 NFC South title as well as its run to the NFC Championship Game.

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