Saints cut Pro Bowl guard Larry Warford

Steve Geller
May 08, 2020 - 4:09 pm

After 3 seasons in New Orleans, the Saints have decided to cut guard Larry Warford. The 28-year-old was set to count $12.85 million against the salary cap. Releasing him creates $7.75 million in cap space, while $5.1 million remains in dead money.

Warford was a Pro Bowl selection in each of his 3 seasons in New Orleans, but the drafting of C/G Cesar Ruiz in the 1st round made Warford expendable. Ruiz will likely be the Saints starting center, while Erik McCoy would move to the vacant guard spot.

“I thought Larry Warford played well at the back half of last year,” said the Voice of the Saints Zach Strief. “I don’t think he played great in the playoff game, but I don’t think anyone along the o-line did. It was the first half of the season where I thought Larry really struggled. He was coming off knee surgery and didn’t come into the season in form. I know there was a lot of frustrations with the way he reported and that just leads to issues with your standing with the team.”

The 6-3, 317pound Warford is a seven-year NFL veteran who was a third round pick of the Detroit Lions in 2013. He will likely draw a good amount of interest on the free agent market.

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