The Saints have parted ways with linebacker Will Herring, his agent confirmed Tuesday.
Releasing Herring saves the Saints $1.5 million against the cap, though because his new number is $333,334, he won't register as a top 51 salary. The NFL uses the top 51 salary cap numbers for offseason accounting purposes.
The move comes as New Orleans fights to get beneath the salary cap. Other moves are expected as the Saints are still roughly $3.2 million over the cap with 15 minutes to go before the new league year begins.
George Mavrikes said Herring decided against taking an offered pay cut to stay. Herring is a 4-3 linebacker and the Saints are moving to a 3-4 defense under new coordinator Rob Ryan.