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Saints release Thomas and Patrick

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The New Orleans Saints have terminated the contract of tight end David Thomas and waived cornerback Johnny Patrick.

"This was an extremely difficult decision to make with David today," said General Manager Mickey Loomis. "Since he came here in 2009, he's been an important part of our team, both with his performance on the field and with the outstanding veteran leadership he's provided for us."

Thomas is a seven-year NFL veteran who came to New Orleans in a trade from the New England Patriots on the eve of the 2009 regular season. He appeared in 48 games with 25 starts for the Saints and recorded 81 receptions for 677 yards (8.4 avg.) and seven touchdowns. In 2012, Thomas appeared in 15 games with seven starts and finished with 11 catches for 86 yards (7.8 avg.) and a career-high four touchdowns.

"David has been important part of our team since the day he arrived here immediately after the 2009 preseason and we appreciate everything he did for us these last four seasons," said Head Coach Sean Payton.

Patrick was a third round draft pick for the saints in the 2011 NFL Draft. He appeared in 24 games with one start and posted 29 tackles (23 solo,), three pass defenses and six special teams tackles. In 2012, he appeared in 15 games with one start and recorded 21 tackles (16 solo), three pass defenses and five special teams stops.

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