METAIRIE — The Saints have taken the field for the first time since the lockout ended, but without top draft picks, some key free agents, and a few veterans they’ve let go.
Coach Sean Payton says New Orleans has released cornerback and former LSU standout Randall Gay, as well as long-snapper Jason Kyle and 2009 fourth-round draft choice Stanley Arnoux.
Arnoux, a linebacker, has been plagued by injuries and failed his physical. Payton says Kyle also failed a physical and was terminated.
The cuts rid the Saints of around $5 million in salary.
Not practice were first-round draft choices Cam Jordan and Mark Ingram, along with third-round pick Martez Wilson, who were not signed yet. Meanwhile, Payton says the Saints have re-signed free agent linebacker Danny Clark.