New Orleans Saints release veteran wide receiver David Patten

Posted by The Times-Picayune February 12, 2009 3:56PM

The New Orleans Saints made their first major roster move of the offseason Thursday, releasing veteran wide receiver David Patten, Saints spokesman Greg Bensel confirmed.

Patten, 34, played two seasons for the Saints and was a key member of the 2007 team, finishing the season with 54 catches for 792 yards and three touchdowns. His role decreased last season partially because of injuries and partially because of the emergence of Lance Moore as one of Drew Brees’ favorite targets.
In the five games he played this past season Patten had 11 receptions for 162 yards and a touchdown.

Patten started his NFL career with the New York Giants in 1997, moved to the Cleveland Browns in 2000, and then had a nice run with the New England Patriots from 2001-04, with his best season coming in 2002 with 61 receptions for 824 yards and five touchdowns.

He left the Patriots for the Washington Redskins where he had two largely unproductive seasons before joining the Saints.

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