The New Orleans Saints have cut Jeremy Shockey, the team announced this afternoon.
The Saints confirmed that they have terminated his contract.
“I’d like to thank Jeremy for the contributions he made to our team during his time in New Orleans,” Loomis said. “These decisions are never easy to make and we wish him the best in the future.”
Shockey didn't seem fazed.
"It's a business, I understand," Shockey told ESPN. "I'll just go play hard for someone else. Whoever gets me it's going to be a steal."
Shockey has been a favorite of Saints coach Sean Payton, who was the Giants offensive coordinator in 2002.
“Jeremy played an important role in helping our team bring a Super Bowl championship to New Orleans,” Payton said in a press release. “He contributed to the success of our offense, both as a pass-catcher and run blocker, and we’re appreciative of his efforts.”
The move comes after a standout season by rookie tight end Jimmy Graham, which could have given the Saints the latitude to make the move.
According to the Saints, Shockey was acquired prior to the 2008 season from the New York Giants and played three seasons in New Orleans, catching 139 passes for 1,460 yards with six touchdowns in 38 regular season games, 34 of them starts.
The nine-year veteran also played in four postseason games for the Saints, totaling nine receptions for 82 yards with two touchdowns, including a two-yard scoring grab to give the Saints a fourth-quarter lead in Super Bowl XLIV.
The University of Miami product had 41 receptions for 408 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games played in 2010, a season that saw him catch his 500th career pass.