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New Orleans Saints release veteran punter Thomas Morstead



And maybe you can just talk about your emotions before we get into your thoughts and feelings before we get into any questions. Thank you. Um, yeah. I’ll keep it short so we can get two questions. Um uh, f y I’m on a on a car ride. I’ve got a beautiful wife show for right now, taking me to the airport to go have fun with, uh, Wil Lutz for a little bastard party action. And, um, so I’m looking forward to hang with those guys. Um, but, look, I’m overwhelmed with, um, gratitude and just thanks. Um, you know, the experience I’ve had with the saints has been, um there’s not one part of it that I would complain about or, you know, the whole thing has just been outstanding. Um, and I’m obviously sad to be moving on from the team. Um, but it’s not as if I haven’t prepared for this moment, um, in a lot of different ways, but it is shocking. And, um, I’m just grateful to all of you, uh, in the media. You know, I I obviously had, you know, the season I had wasn’t too the normal standard that I’ve set and there’s a variety of reasons for that. And, um, you know, I I just felt like you guys have always treated, uh, myself and my teammates with fairness and with, you know, integrity. And I just appreciate that. So, um you know, all I’d say is is New Orleans has been amazing to me and my family. We’re in the process of building our home right now. Here. This is home, regardless of where the rest of my career takes me. Um, you know, my kids have all been born here, and the fans and our supporters has just been exceptional. And so that’s all I got. We will open it up for some questions. Now, uh, following our protocols, if you have a question, feel free to raise your hand. And Mackenzie will, um, Kensi will call on you, and you don’t want to go ahead. Hey, Thomas. Andrew. Doc here from CBS in New Orleans. Look, I know you kind of touched on it a little bit there, but I imagine even though your time with the saints is ending that you you’re still going to be a staple. And around the New Orleans community for a while. Well, I certainly hope so. Um, you know, it’s it’s there’s it’s too big of there’s so much information to take in and different ways your brain goes, Um, but, you know, we wouldn’t have started this, uh, build on this home if there was any doubt about where we want it to be. Um, you know, we’re making a large investment in building this home. And so, um, we we had that conversation, actually, before we move forward, Uh, you know, if if if the situation changes here, does that change how we feel about being here? And once we answer that emphatically, No, it doesn’t change. Um, you know, then we started doing it, so it’s, uh, you know, like I said, I’m a little bit. I’m a lot sad and, you know, it’s been a huge This has been my life for the past 12 years here in New Orleans, and I just have I have no resentment. I have no nothing but positive, overflowing emotions. I have so many people to thank and so many people that have supported me, and and you know, that’s that’s that. Mhm. Look, Jonathan. Yeah, Thomas, I guess just knowing the position the team is in where you were kind of anticipating this was a possibility this year, maybe more than others. Yeah. Look, I think, um, you know, I would say, Let’s just call it what it was, You know, it was a unique year, so there wasn’t a lot of access with us, which is probably a good thing for me. Um, you know, I didn’t I didn’t meet any of the standards that I’ve set for myself in previous years. This year. And there’s there’s a number of reasons for that. Um, and, you know, you know, when you’re the highest paid player, your position, the expectation is that your playing at an elite level? And I didn’t do that last year. And, um, I think it was pretty clear to see that I didn’t do that. Um, you know, I’ve never been the biggest boomer in the league. Or at least not tried to be, Um I’ve just always been a guy that relies on elite consistency. And, um, I think it was pretty clear that that was lacking this year. And and so, you know to say I’m I’m surprised because there wasn’t more of a conversation around any other way for me to try to stick around or come back and show that some of the things that were issues for me aren’t gonna be issues moving forward. Um, but, you know, that’s out of my control. And like I said, I have nothing but just total, um, love and respect and everything for how that the team has treated me through the years and how they’ve. It’s just like I said, Whatever expectation I could have possibly had going into a career is just totally, you know, totally blown. Blown it out of the water. And so I’m just very grateful later, Merkel. It’s obviously your career started here, your rookie season with ambush and everybody is kind of you know, so synonymous with that play. Is there another moment, or is it hard to put into kind of, you know, words? One moment that may stick out? Or do you kind of look at it all together? Now I can see it’s kind of emotional talking about it. Just you know, that the teammates is that the place? Is it just a little bit of everything when you think of it? as a whole. Um, look, there’s there’s certainly plays that stick out in my mind that maybe won’t stick out in And, um, anybody else’s mind, Um, you know the last part of the NFC championship game against the the, uh, Vikings when I was a rookie, you know, we were 28 to 28 tie game, two minutes and something left planning to Brett Farve. And, you know, Coach said, I’ll paraphrase because the language wasn’t exactly the same. But Coach grabbed me by the shoulders, and as I was running out on the field and fourth down and said, Give me some hang time with a little more intensity than that. Um, and I just remember thinking, I better hit. I better hit a great ball here because if I don’t do anything, I do anything less than spectacular. They’re pretty much in field goal range already. And Ryan long Well, that year was like 26 to 28 Mr Automatic and, uh, I hit one of the points of my career and we we grows 58 netted 53 they got this close to kicking a field goal and they didn’t and we all know what happened. And, um, for me individually, that was a big source of pride. Um, that I’ll never forget. Nick Underhill, in your opening remarks, you alluded to wherever your career takes. You do intend to keep playing. And would you go somewhere else to do that? Absolutely. I would, um you know, there were some. There were some things that, uh, also energized to, uh, having a pretty significant drop off this year. Um, you know, I hurt my back this summer before training camp, and I couldn’t train leading up to camp, and that really affected me. I think the one thing that could ask anybody in the building that they’ve grown to no as a certainty is that I’m going to show up to camp in phenomenal shape. And I didn’t do that this year. And it wasn’t because I slacked off or thought, um, I’m past that. It’s just it was what it was. And I just was laid up for a while leading up to camp. And then, um, you know, when you’re not physically yourself, you know, your tool bag isn’t as quality as it usually is, and that can affect your confidence and it can affect your consistency. And, um And so, you know, the other thing is just I’ve been dealing with an eye issue for about a year and a half now, and, um, and I’m and I’m fairly certain that that’s resolved now, but it’s been a long process of just kind of dealing with not quite sure what you’re seeing all the time. Um and, um, that’s that’s a lot more complicated than I’m telling you in in 15 seconds. But, um, I’m very certain that we’ve got a plan to get that corrected. And, um so I do think there are some, uh, you know, hope is a good a good thing to have, but I think there’s some rational, um, the changes that I’ll be making, uh, number one. I mean, I felt like I did get stronger as the season went along. There’s no doubt about that. And once I ditched the the wearables that I was wearing, you know, about nine weeks into the season, my consistency got a lot better, and I had some really strong performance just towards the end of the season. But just all in all, it wasn’t uh, it wasn’t consistent enough. And, um But I do think there’s reason to to I expect that that, um, is correctable. And like I said, you know, I have these metrics in the weight room and running and jumping and all these things that I’ve kind of measured throughout my career, and there’s no sort of physical, physical orthopedic decline. So, um, you know, I know we still did some great things this year. Um, we netted in the top 10 for the 11th consecutive year, which I think we’re the only team that’s done that they can say that. Um, we broke an NFL record this year. At least return yards allowed. So in my in my, uh, conservative nature as the season went along and dealing with what I was dealing with, you know, I just hung the ball up and didn’t kick it as far and tried to still control the game with the team when we had. And, um and and and so, like I said, I have every expectation that I will, um, you know, I’m not gonna sit here and say, I’m gonna I’m gonna be Superman, or I’m gonna be the best player you know, anything like that? I just I have a a realistic thought that, um, but I can regain my form. Um, and, uh, but, you know, time will tell. And, you know, I’ll look forward to, um, hopefully having that opportunity here this year. Chris Donnels, you’re telling us. I’m sure before you’ve spoken with us, you talked to some of your teammates potentially. And I’m just curious if you had, uh, any parting messages with some of your former teammates, maybe like the room from the Super Bowl team or even some of the young guys like Blake. Um, you know, I just, uh we were hoping to hold this off until Monday, which was probably naive. I know the news just broke online, and, um, the team was so great about it. Um, they said, Look, we can hold on to this as long as you want, um, just to give you a chance to collect yourself and and kind of exit how you’d like, which is very gracious to them to even, you know, offer that, um So I haven’t had a chance to talk to too many people. I did have Will. Lux. Exactly what over to the house last night. Uh, mainly because we have a bachelor party starting today, and I didn’t want to show up to the bachelor party with some downer news. So I thought I need to knock this out before we leave. And so I had those guys over last night, and, you know, it’s an emotional deal with those guys, you know, they’re really close friends. And, you know, um, it’s I’m just It’s been an awesome, awesome deal to to hopefully be a mentor. And hopefully those guys feel like I’ve helped curb their learning curve, um, as quickly as possible to allow them to have the success that they’re having. And, um and I called Blake and left him a voicemail. And, um and I told the team, Look, I think Blake has all the intangibles to be a great player in this league. And, uh, you know, I’ve spent the last year, um, investing in him and giving him my knowledge and wisdom and thoughts on how to do things the best way. Best practices. Um, you know, all the things that you have to give. I tried to give it all to them and I just told him that I think he’s got a great chance to be a great player for the team. And I just hope that I hope that the fans and the organization, whoever is the next partner, um, shows the same sort of patients, um, and commitment to letting a young person grow, uh, into that position, like I was granted. Larry Holder. Hey, Thomas. Uh, normally, this wouldn’t be something we would do in the media, but I’m just gonna say myself, and I’m sure I’m speaking so many. We appreciate everything you’ve done with, uh, working relationship, and beyond that. So thank you, Uh, for all of that, Um, but on those same lines, how much do you feel? Just kind of overwhelmed by how much people appreciated you mean? Let’s be honest. You know, it’s not like punters get a lot of love from fan bases, but you’re, you know, one of the more. Uh, I’d say people around New Orleans have so much kind of gratitude for me. How much do you appreciate just what you’ve been shown by this fan base? Um, like I said, everything’s all expectations have been, uh, exceeded multiplied. You know, and I just think the yeah, you know, my my uncle sent me a message the other day that just said, You know, you’re one of the few young people whose, um, mhm I had the privilege of understanding how good you had it while you had it. And, um and that means you You don’t have any regrets. You didn’t take anything for granted. And the whole thing has just been it’s been amazing. Um, you know, and I’m like, I I don’t I keep repeating myself, but I’m just very grateful for just the entire experience. Um, yeah. You know, you know when people say don’t invest in the team or don’t invest in the city? Yeah, Um, that’s kinda like saying you’re never gonna love somebody because you’re worried about getting hurt because, you know, at some point it’s going to end, and I just didn’t subscribe to that. I’ve been all in, uh, you know, I love this city, and and they love me back 100 times more. Um, and I’m just overwhelmed with mhm positive, uh, thankful energy. There’s just so many people to thank. I don’t want to single out anybody because um, if I really went through it could be hundreds of people that have just been instrumental have inspired me. Have encouraged me. Um and, uh, and it’s just I’m very grateful. Yes. And your hand. Thomas, Congratulations on a great stay here, Obviously. Thank you. Job. From the standpoint of being drafted in the fifth round, a lot of people questioned drafting punters or kickers. You had a lot to prove over 12 year period. You obviously dispelled any of those concerned notions talk about that. And then also about what was left on the field, Only getting the one Super Bowl title when the opportunities were there. From your perspective. Um, well, answer the second question first because I’ve already forgotten the first. Um, sorry, but, um, I don’t have any regrets about how any of it ended. Um, yeah. You know, that’s why you play the game. Um, the opportunity is just special to be a part of it. And I don’t I don’t want any resentment or, um what if because I know everybody was all in and we did our best, you know? And I know that’s simple and cliche, but it’s true. You know, It’s been being a part of the history of the game. I’ve learned to appreciate the losses just like the winds. Um, because you just know how special it is. You know? You know how special it is to be a part of that and to have a team like that and to do something together and, um, you know, it almost feels like we’re the Buffalo Bills of the of the 20 tens. You know, um, I think people will write a There’ll be a 30 for 30 about our team and how good we were and how much winning we did. And we just didn’t get it done for a variety of, uh, reasons. But none of that matters. Um, it’s the people, the relationships, the grind, you know, doing being all in together. And I think that’s one of the reasons people are so proud of. Being associated with our team and organization is because I think for the most part, people like rooting for the good guys and we got to we just have a locker room full of them and, man, it’s been an honor to just be a part of that Rod Walker and Thomas. I know you haven’t really had time to reflect on all this, but it’s like the one thing that you want people to just remember about you and how you played the game here. Yeah. Um, yeah. Yeah, I think she’s I’d like to be, um I’d like to think that my teammates, um I knew that they could kill me. And big moments. Um, I set out to, um, be elite elite Lee consistent. That was my tag or my phrase. I wanted to be elite in my consistency. And, um, I think I’ve done that. Um, and I’m going to continue to do that. Uh, and, uh, I think what did the city mean? Just the whole Yeah. People don’t understand how awesome it is to just be, you know, part of this team. I know everybody says they have the best fans in the world, and most people are lying. There’s probably four teams in the league that can at least have an argument in that, and we’re one of them. And, man, no matter what I’ve done, start a foundation, do a foundation dinner, try to help an individual Cordero family before Chris passed away um, people have just given the shirts off their back to be a part of that. And it’s honestly, why so many of the things I’ve done have gone so far. It’s because I didn’t have an out Once I started doing things, people showed up and people supported and I couldn’t not keep going. Um, it was people were looking for that people were looking to be a part of something where they’re helping people or or helping a group of people. Um, helping a group of people. And, um, you know, they you know, I don’t want to say I was bluffing, but you know when when people show up and they’re like, Yeah, we’re here, which you know, what are you about? And I felt obligated to keep going and keep pushing and keep doing more things. And, uh, and you know, a lot of people give you props for doing these charities and all this other stuff, but it’s just it’s just a testament to people down here, Um, when they love you and when when they they support you. Um, it’s not with words to actually do it. And, uh, man, that’s the That’s where All the positive emotions are just all those people and being part of that. And, you know, I just I just had the fortune of having a name that people knew And, uh, that and and so I felt like I wanted to kind of push the needle in a few things. And, uh, man, people showed up and supported more than I ever thought was. Um you know, if I didn’t know how big it was going to get when I started, I probably wouldn’t have started it because it got to be so much work and so much energy. But it was like, um, I’m glad we did it all. And and I look forward to doing more things, um, in the future. Like, said, I’m I’m not done playing, but New Orleans is home, and we’ll be here and raising our family here. And, um, I know I don’t perfectly fit the mold of the New Orleanian, but I feel like one. Yeah. Mike Triplett. Hey, Thomas. Thanks for this. On a tough day. Thanks for everything. Leaders, Man, Um, have to for you real quick. Um, you mentioned setting the record for fewest punt returns. Was was any of that strategic based on how you were struggling where you were, you purposely trying to alter your game to make sure they weren’t returned? Or is some of that coincidental? Well, I think I’ve always looked at How can how can you help win the game? Right? And look, in the past few years, we’ve had, uh, elite coverage, and we’ve also had now an elite returner and late return team. And, you know, I don’t want to see naturally more conservative, but I certainly did get more conservative, especially this early this year when I was struggling to find my consistency and and so, yeah, I certainly was a little more conservative because I just didn’t trust. I didn’t trust myself the way I typically do. Um, for the reasons I’ve noted. So, uh, you know, it’s a cool thing to be able to say we did that as a group, Uh, and that’s a credit to so many people. Um, so many players, um, that have been a part of that. So and then I just wanted to make sure I heard you correctly, So I’m not putting words in your mouth. You said the team did not talk to you about possibly staying at a reduced rate. No, there wasn’t a conversation about that. No. No, not at all. And and I respect that. And like I said, I don’t have any. All I have is, uh, all I have is positive emotions. Um, I’m obviously sad, but, um, I don’t have any resentment or anything like that. Um, Mickey Loomis in particular has been, uh, it’s been an awesome, uh, mentor. Yeah, and I’m very grateful to have had him, um, as a general manager and somebody that’s always known the right thing to say at the right moment when there was a little bit of doubt or I was dealing with a quad injury, or I just signed a contract extension, and I was feeling the pressure to be more than I had been. There’s 10 different stories of that, and, um and I’m just very grateful to Mickey. Thank you. Yeah. Thanks. Thomas. I know this has to be difficult for you. Um, you’ve touched on this a little bit today, but you said last month that you were doing everything you could to get back to where you were before How are you doing with your recovery there? And what in your words, what do you think? You still bring, um, playing at the age of 30 for almost 35. Happy birthday next week. Yeah. Thank you. Um, yeah. Like I said, I’m I’m not just randomly hoping that I’ll just miraculously improve. Um, you know, my eyes. The team is known about this, uh, you know, we’ve kept everything in house, but you know, the team, though. I got hurt this summer, training hurt my back. And and that’s something that I’ve I heard it in 2014, and I heard it in 2018 as well. So it’s not a thing that I haven’t had before, but the timing of it was very bad. Um, and it lingered for longer than I’d like to, you know, it lingered for weeks, not not days. And so, uh, that was tough. And then just get my eyes situated. Uh, you know, I thought I was going to get an address last off season. And between covid and some it’s called misdiagnosis is, um it didn’t get fixed, and it was a real struggle. Um, and like I said Those are all reasons. You know, uh, my my squatting, my jumping, my explosive things that I do all the training I do. There’s no physical drop off there, So I certainly expect to, you know, get back to a very, very high level. And, uh and, you know, hopefully somebody is willing to, uh, take the chance to see if that’s if that’s going to come to fruition. Thank you for everything. Comments were all set with questions. Thomas, thank you very much for joining us. And I believe every everybody is, uh, thank you for your time and patients through the years and your insights, And, uh, I know that this isn’t goodbye. This is just to see you later. So absolutely. Doug? Yeah, Doug, thank you for setting everything out for the past 24 hours. And, man, you’re you’re the real deal. And just appreciate the friendship. And, uh, everybody on this call. Thank you for just the fairness and integrity you’ve done your jobs with. It’s been, um, awesome, feeling like I could give out my cell number. And I could confide in people and people would do the right thing. And, uh, and It’s just, uh it’s refreshing to know that that is the case. And, uh and I’m just I’m very thankful for everything. So, um, if anybody needs anything or wants to do a story at some point now or in the future, dog can feel free to just hand out my number. Whoever doesn’t have it, um, I don’t know if you even do that, but I just want to know that I’m accessible. And I do appreciate, um, any sort of, um, anything that you put out that’s written that says, um, you know that that that the journey is not over for me and that there’s some There’s some real, uh, rational reasons as to why there’s There’s a a reason for optimism that I can be the player that I have been, and I would I would appreciate that if anybody’s looking to do that, and I will be, uh, on a bastard part of the next few days. So if you call me, I don’t know if you should expect much. This timing couldn’t be better. Um, so you But I promise you won’t see any headlines of me in the Miami Herald or anything. So Thank you, guys. Safe travels. All right. Thank you. Take care of everybody. Thank you for joining us. Appreciate it.

New Orleans Saints release veteran punter Thomas Morstead


New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced today that the club has terminated the contract of punter Thomas Morstead.Morstead, 6-4, 235 pounds, spent the last 12 seasons in Black and Gold after being selected in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of SMU. A team captain since 2013, he made an immense contribution both on the field with the organization and with the local community. Morstead appeared in 190 career regular season games, ranked fourth in team record books and punted 692 times for 32,190 yards for a 46.5 gross punting average and a 41.6 net, ranked second in NFL record books since the statistic was first recorded in 1976. 251 of his punts landed inside-the-20-yard line, tied for the 33rd-highest total since the stat was recorded in 1976 and the most in club record books. Morstead served as the club’s primary kickoff specialist from 2009-14 and 259 of his 532 career kickoffs have sailed into the end zone for touchbacks (48.7%). His most famous work from a kicking tee occurred as a rookie in Super Bowl XLIV, when he successfully executed an onside kick at the start of the second half that was recovered by New Orleans and led to a touchdown, nicknamed “Ambush”. Morstead was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2012, when he was also a consensus All-Pro. Throughout his career, he has been selected as NFC Special Teams Player of the Week five times.Morstead also appeared in 15 postseason games for New Orleans, second in club record books and punted 54 times for 2,405 yards with a 44.5 gross punting average and a 41.0 net with 19 dropped inside-the-20. In 2020, Morstead appeared in all 16 regular season games, for the 11th time in his 12-year career and punted 62 times for 2,674 yards with a 43.1 gross punting average, 41.7 net with 23 dropped inside-the-20 yard line. He was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week following the season-opening win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, when he booted six punts for 264 yards with a 44.0 gross/net, five inside-the-20 and also successfully hit a kickoff that was fumbled by Tampa Bay and recovered by New Orleans to set up a touchdown.Off the field, Morstead and his wife Lauren made extensive contributions to the Gulf South Community, leaving a lasting legacy through their “What You Give Will Grow” foundation, established in 2012. The team’s nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2013, Morstead focused the majority of his efforts in the region on cancer-related and child-related initiatives, as well as stepping up to assist those in need during holiday seasons as well as when natural disasters affected the region. “Thomas Morstead has been the epitome of the consummate pro since the day we selected him in the 2009 NFL Draft,” said Loomis. “He has been a remarkable punter and an outstanding leader in the locker room and eight-time team captain. His work in the community has been nothing short of remarkable. We know that as we approach the beginning of the NFL calendar year that very difficult decisions have to be made and this certainly falls into this category. We appreciate the dedication and professionalism that Thomas has brought to our organization from the moment he joined our team and sincerely wish both he and his family the best.”“Thomas has been a very important part of the New Orleans Saints organization and our community since 2009,” said Saints Head Coach Sean Payton. “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.”

New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced today that the club has terminated the contract of punter Thomas Morstead.

Morstead, 6-4, 235 pounds, spent the last 12 seasons in Black and Gold after being selected in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of SMU. A team captain since 2013, he made an immense contribution both on the field with the organization and with the local community.

Morstead appeared in 190 career regular season games, ranked fourth in team record books and punted 692 times for 32,190 yards for a 46.5 gross punting average and a 41.6 net, ranked second in NFL record books since the statistic was first recorded in 1976. 251 of his punts landed inside-the-20-yard line, tied for the 33rd-highest total since the stat was recorded in 1976 and the most in club record books. Morstead served as the club’s primary kickoff specialist from 2009-14 and 259 of his 532 career kickoffs have sailed into the end zone for touchbacks (48.7%). His most famous work from a kicking tee occurred as a rookie in Super Bowl XLIV, when he successfully executed an onside kick at the start of the second half that was recovered by New Orleans and led to a touchdown, nicknamed “Ambush”. Morstead was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2012, when he was also a consensus All-Pro. Throughout his career, he has been selected as NFC Special Teams Player of the Week five times.

Morstead also appeared in 15 postseason games for New Orleans, second in club record books and punted 54 times for 2,405 yards with a 44.5 gross punting average and a 41.0 net with 19 dropped inside-the-20.

In 2020, Morstead appeared in all 16 regular season games, for the 11th time in his 12-year career and punted 62 times for 2,674 yards with a 43.1 gross punting average, 41.7 net with 23 dropped inside-the-20 yard line. He was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week following the season-opening win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, when he booted six punts for 264 yards with a 44.0 gross/net, five inside-the-20 and also successfully hit a kickoff that was fumbled by Tampa Bay and recovered by New Orleans to set up a touchdown.

Off the field, Morstead and his wife Lauren made extensive contributions to the Gulf South Community, leaving a lasting legacy through their “What You Give Will Grow” foundation, established in 2012. The team’s nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2013, Morstead focused the majority of his efforts in the region on cancer-related and child-related initiatives, as well as stepping up to assist those in need during holiday seasons as well as when natural disasters affected the region.

“Thomas Morstead has been the epitome of the consummate pro since the day we selected him in the 2009 NFL Draft,” said Loomis. “He has been a remarkable punter and an outstanding leader in the locker room and eight-time team captain. His work in the community has been nothing short of remarkable. We know that as we approach the beginning of the NFL calendar year that very difficult decisions have to be made and this certainly falls into this category. We appreciate the dedication and professionalism that Thomas has brought to our organization from the moment he joined our team and sincerely wish both he and his family the best.”

“Thomas has been a very important part of the New Orleans Saints organization and our community since 2009,” said Saints Head Coach Sean Payton. “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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