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The Saints have released Jeremy Shockey with a year left on the tight end's contract.

The move isn't much of a surprise. He missed time in all three seasons he was in New Orleans and by the end of the 2010 season, rookie Jimmy Graham had taken over as the No. 1 tight end.

'Jeremy played an important role in helping our team bring a Super Bowl championship to New Orleans,' head coach Sean Payton said in a release. 'He contributed to the success of our offense, both as a pass-catcher and run blocker and we're appreciative of his efforts.'

Added general manager Mickey Loomis, 'These decisions are never easy to make and we wish him the best in the future.'

Add to that the fact that Shockey was set to make more than $4.2 million in the final year of his contract and the move seems like a no-brainer.

Shockey, though, apparently understands what's going on.

'It's a business,' Shockey told ESPN's Rachel Nichols, who tweeted the quotes after talking with him. 'I'll just go play hard for someone else. Whoever gets me, it's going to be a steal.'

Though we thought he would end up staying with the team in our 'Who should go, Who should stay' look at the roster, we battled back and forth with Shockey.

Shockey came to New Orleans in a 2008 trade that was completed during training camp. He caught 139 passes for 1,460 yards and six touchdowns in 38 regular season games. In four postseason games, he had nine catches for 82 yards and two touchdowns, including a 2-yard touchdown catch in Super Bowl XLIV

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