New Orleans Saints cut cornerback Mike McKenzie

Posted by The Times-Picayune March 19, 2009 5:22PM

The New Orleans Saints continued to make over their secondary Thursday by cutting veteran cornerback Mike McKenzie, Saints spokesman Greg Bensel confirmed Thursday evening.

The cut comes one day after the team agreed to terms with free safety Darren Sharper and a couple of weeks after the saints signed free agent cornerback Jabari Greer from Buffalo.

The move clears $4.575 million in cap space.

“Decisions such as these are the hardest to make in this business,” Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis said in a statement. “Mike has been a standout performer for the Saints both on and off the field during his career with the Saints. We wish him well in his future and thank him for all of his efforts representing the Saints.”

McKenzie, 32, ended the past two seasons on injured reserve with knee injuries. But he said earlier this month that he was close to full speed in his recovery from the fractured kneecap he suffered last year in Atlanta.

It’s not clear yet if the Saints tried to work out a pay cut with McKenzie or if they simply decided to release him now that they have some decent depth at the cornerback position. Greer, Tracy Porter and Randall Gay are expected to begin the offseason as the top three corners on the depth chart, followed by Usama Young, Jason David and Leigh Torrence.

David, however, is another veteran who could be in danger of being released at some point.

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