Saints cut Michael Lewis and Willie Whitehead

By Hugo Guzman  |   Saturday, June 16, 2007  |  Comments( 0 )

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Despite his status as a fan favorite, the New Orleans Saints have decided to part ways with return specialist Michael Lewis. The former beer delivery man has been known as one of the league's most proficient returners over the past few seasons, but injuries have hindered him over the past two seasons. New Orleans also released defensive end Willie Whitehead, a nine-year veteran who has spent his entire career with the Saints and was the team's longest-tenured player.

Both players originally made the team as undrafted free agents.

Commentary: While both players were cornerstones of the New Orleans franchise, they were not likely to make a significant impact in 2007. Whitehead will be replaced by former Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Kendrick Clancy, who was just signed to a three-year, $5.2 million contract. Lewis will make way for second-year phenom Reggie Bush in the return game.

Fantasy impact: Lewis' departure clears the way for Bush to assume full-time return duties. And because special teams scoring counts for defense, the Saints' 'D' should be a more viable option.
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