Andy Tanner has been involved in so many roster moves during his time with the Saints, it’s hard to ever call it the end.
If Wednesday’s release is the final one the wide receiver is involved with, his tenure in New Orleans will be most remembered for the number of times his name has come across the transaction wire.
Dating back to 2013, when he first hooked on with the team as an undrafted free agent out of Midwestern State, Tanner has been involved in at least 38 roster moves of significance, bouncing back and forth and off and on the practice squad.
However, officially, he has been involved in a total of 54 transactions or status changes.
To take his place on the roster, New Orleans agreed to terms with offensive lineman Mike McGlynn, who spent last season with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Kansas City traded with New Orleans to acquire guard Ben Grubbs this offseason to take McGlynn’s place on the line.
McGlynn also spent time with Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Philadelphia.
The 30-year-old guard allowed 18 hurries, four hits, and six sacks over 14 games last season, according to Pro Football Focus. Grubbs, meanwhile, allowed 27 hurries, six hits and one sack last season.
New Orleans has said that Tim Lelito is the leader entering camp to take over for Grubbs at left guard. Senio Kelemete is another option at the spot.
The Saints have spent a lot of resources to improve the offensive line this offseason. They acquired All-Pro center Max Unger as part of the trade that sent tight end Jimmy Graham to Seattle, and used the No. 13 pick in the draft to select tackle Andrus Peat.
Quarterback Drew Brees was sacked only 30 times last season, the ninth-fewest in the NFL, but he faced more pressure than usual. The quarterback was pressured on 32.9 percent of his dropbacks, up from 29.3 percent in 2013 and 28.6 percent in 2012.
ESPN’s Field Yates first reported this news.