The most interesting news of the day has to be the New Orleans Saints releasing DE Bobby McCray. Not because McCray has been an established starter during his six-year career in the NFL (he’s started less than 40 percent of the time). And not because McCray was all-world last year for the Super Bowl winners (he had 1.5 sacks and eight tackles on the season, but much of that can be attributed to a lingering back injury).
The release is noteworthy – and surprising – because McCray has worked with the first-team defense most of the offseason, and with the release of DE Charles Grant shortly after last season, observers figured McCray would jump the starting spot opposite Will Smith. Apparently not.
McCray told WWL-TV that he was speechless, but according to CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Larry Holder . McCray might have begun to lose the interest of coach Sean Payton last year when he was continuously late to team meetings, including one on Super Bowl media day. Payton wrote about those incidents in his book, “Home Team” . Payton also wondered aloud during the actual Super Bowl whether McCray was “tough enough."
The DWI for which he was arrested in November certainly didn’t help matters. Also, Pro Football Talk has theorized the Saints dumped McCray, because they would have owed him a $1.25 million roster bonus in 10 days.
But fear not. The Saints have some options to replace McCray. In the offseason, they signed Alex Brown and Jimmy Wilkerson, and the way it looks now, Brown would be the first to get a chance to win the spot that’s been vacated by McCray.
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