New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced today that theteam has released veteran linebacker Troy Evans, and that the club has waived wide receivers Mark Bradley and Rod Harper, as well as guard Tim Duckworth and cornerback Danny Gorrer.
"Decisions like these are never easy to make," said Loomis. "Troy Evans was an instrumental part of the Saints' Super Bowl XLIV Championship in 2009 and we are truly thankful for his hard work and dedication. We know that the fans of our team will be grateful for Troy's contributions and the way he contributed to our success both on and off the football field. "
"It's always difficult when you have to make decisions such as releasing players that have contributed as much to the Saints as Troy has," said Head Coach Sean Payton. "Troy was our special teams captain the past two seasons and provided us with tremendous depth at the outside linebacker position the past three seasons."
Evans joined the team as an unrestricted free agent in 2007 after spending the first five seasons of his career (2002-2006) with the Houston Texans. The product of the University of Cincinnati posted 54 tackles on special teams the past three seasons, and has played in 119 NFL games, with 123 special teams tackles to his credit and three forced fumbles.
The Saints signed Bradley as a free agent on August 6, 2010. A former second-round pick out of Oklahoma, Bradley has 92 catches in his career for 1,293 yards and nine touchdowns. He has also spent time in his career with the Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Harper was on the Saints' active 53-man roster for the first month of the 2009 season before injuring his foot and spending the remainder of the season on the reserve-injured list. The former af2 product out of Murray State originally broke into the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Green Bay Packers in 2009 before signing with the Saints as a free agent on June 4, 2009.
Duckworth, 6-4, 318 pounds, is an Auburn product that originally signed with the Saints on August 2, 2007 and spent the past three seasons on the team's practice squad. The Taylorsville, Miss. native was signed to the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad during their 2008 postseason run, but re-signed with the Saints shortly thereafter. He broke into the league as a member of the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent following the 2007 NFL Draft.
Gorrer, a 6-0, 173-pound cornerback, spent the early portion of the 2009 season on the Saints' practice squad before being signed off of the practice squad by the St. Louis Rams, where he went on to play in three games. The Texas A&M product was claimed off waivers by the Saints prior to the start of their 2010 training camp.