METAIRIE, La. — Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis all but closed the door on three veteran free agents Saturday during his post-draft news conference.
When asked about linebacker Scott Shanle, receiver Devery Henderson and defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, Loomis said, “They’re free agents and they’re probably not part of our plans this year.”
Shanle came to New Orleans in 2006 as a free agent and immediately helped the defense. He held onto his starting position through 2012 before younger talent finally passed him by.
Henderson, along with defensive end Will Smith, were the longest-tenured Saints last season having been drafted by the franchise in 2004. Since 2006, he has the highest yard-per-catch average in the NFL at 18.1 yards and his five catches of 75-plus yards is second-most in the same period.
New Orleans moved up in the 2008 draft to take Ellis with the seventh-overall pick. He never lived up to expectations.