New Orleans Saints release punter Thomas Morstead after 12 seasons

Dec 29, 2019; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead (6) before the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints released punter Thomas Morstead on Thursday after 12 seasons as the team continues to whittle down its salary cup.

The move saves the Saints another $2.5 million in cap space and leaves $2 million in dead money.

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Morstead, 34, played in 205 games — including postseason — for the Saints after being selected in the fifth round of the 2009 draft. He was coming off his worst season, punting for a career-low 43.1 yards in 2020, more than three yards off his career average (46.5).

Morstead made the Pro Bowl in 2012 when he averaged a career-best 50.1 yards per punt.

“Thomas has been a very important part of the New Orleans Saints organization and our community since 2009,” Saints head coach Sean Payton said in a statement. “It has been an honor to have coached him and to have witnessed his growth as a player and a person. He has been a great leader and mentor to many younger players throughout his career and his Pro Bowl level of play year-in and year-out has been remarkable. I know that Thomas will be highly successful in the future and am grateful to have had the opportunity to coach him.”

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–Field Level Media