Saints Release Veteran Safety Before Season-Opener vs. Packers

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The New Orleans Saints made some pretty significant moves just two days before their season-opener against the Green Bay Packers.

On Friday afternoon, the franchise announced the release of ninth-year veteran safety Jeff Heath.

After spending the first seven seasons of his NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys and his most recent with the Las Vegas Raiders in 2020, Heath signed with the Saints in mid-August. This past season, the 30-year-old defensive back logged a career-high three interceptions, four passes defended and 37 tackles.

The New Orleans safety depth chart will continue to be led by returning starters Malcolm Jenkins and Marcus Williams, backed up by third-year DB C.J. Gardner-Johnson, veteran P.J. Williams and third-stringer J.T. Gray.

In addition to the release of Health, the Saints also placed wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith and cornerback Ken Crawley on the injured reserve, both with hamstring issues.

New Orleans will kickoff their 2021 season with a matchup against the Packers on Sunday afternoon.

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