The New Orleans Saints cut veteran kicker Josh Scobee and waived tackle Bryan Witzmann on Tuesday in moves designed to keep the team at the 90-man roster limit.
Scobee, who spent 11 years in Jacksonville, was initially signed in the offseason to provide competition for incumbent kicker Kai Forbath.
The former Louisiana Tech kicker arrived in New Orleans after a short stint with Pittsburgh ended after four games last season, and Scobee was hopeful he’d get a chance to compete with Forbath in training camp when he played in the Saints Celebrity Golf Classic on Monday.
“With experience comes a lot of good things and some bad things,” Scobee said. “Sometimes you get some bad things that happen to you that are tough to forget, but fortunately, I’ve had some good things happen to me in my career that I’m going to draw on here.”
New Orleans tried out long-time Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth, former Detroit Lions kicker Nate Freese and undrafted rookie Anthony Pistelli at their minicamp over the weekend, but the Saints have not signed any of the three so far.
For the moment, Forbath is the only kicker on the Saints’ roster, but New Orleans has made a move at kicker after its rookie minicamp before. Last year, the Saints signed Zach Hocker and cut incumbent Shayne Graham in the days after the rookie minicamp.
Witzmann, an undrafted player out of South Dakota State last season, spent the end of the season on the practice squad, but New Orleans added former Vikings sixth-round pick Tyrus Thompson after the team’s rookie minicamp on Sunday.