The New Orleans Saints have released fullback Toben Opurum, running back Vick Ballard and defensive end Phillip Hunt in order to get down to the NFL’s 90-man roster limit.
New Orleans drafted five players and added 19 undrafted free agents, bringing the total roster numbers to 93 and forcing three cuts.
Opurum, a fourth-year player out of Kansas, spent most of the season on the practice squad in 2015, but he was active for two games and played on special teams.
Hunt, a pass rusher who made his name in the CFL, also had a brief cameo on the Saints’ 53-man roster, although he did not play in any games.
Ballard, a former Indianapolis Colt, was hoping for a shot to prove himself, but the Saints have a loaded backfield that got even more crowded when New Orleans drafted rookie Daniel Lasco in the seventh round.