Saints waived LB James Laurinaitis with an injury settlement.
Laurinaitis hurt his quad in Week 4 practice, and was sent to injured reserve earlier this month. Always overrated during his time in St. Louis, Laurinaitis was a calamity in three appearances for New Orleans. His name recognition figures to earn him another look, but Laurinaitis is not an effective NFL player.
Saints waived NT John Jenkins.
The veteran interior tackle had played 176 snaps this season, struggling mightily. The Saints don't have much depth anywhere on defense, but keeping Jenkins around wasn't doing them any good. Still only 27, Jenkins will hunt for another chance elsewhere.
Saints released OL Khalif Barnes.
It's the fourth time Barnes has been cut. His release is a sign the Saints expect LT Terron Armstead (questionable, knee) to play this week.
ESPN's Ed Werder reports the Saints "made a play" for Browns CB Joe Haden before Tuesday's trade deadline.
Per Werder, New Orleans decided Cleveland's asking price was too high. Haden is suffering through another injury-marred year, but would have provided a jolt to the Saints' undermanned secondary. As it is, Haden will try to get healthy and finish strong for a team that could decide to release him in the offseason.
Saints waived QB Joe Callahan.
The Saints claimed Callahan off waivers last week but didn't see enough to keep him as a No. 3 quarterback. Callahan could end up back on Green Bay's practice squad.
Free agent DE/OLB Bjoern Werner worked out for the Saints on Tuesday.
The first-round bust has generated very little interest since he couldn't even make it to final cuts with the Jaguars.
Free agent CB D'Joun Smith worked out for the Saints.
A 2015 third-round pick of the Colts, Smith was released with an injury settlement earlier this month. A total flameout in Indy, Smith would be going to the league's most cornerback-needy team, but remain little more than a developmental prospect.
Saints released RB C.J. Spiller.
Signed to a "four-year, $16 million" deal in March 2015, the writing has been on the wall for Spiller in New Orleans since pretty much his first game. Brutally ineffective and in the doghouse last season, Spiller got showcased for a trade this summer before being a healthy scratch for Week 1. He simply never meshed with coach Sean Payton and Drew Brees' offense. Spiller is an on-paper home run hitter, but now 29 with just 776 yards from scrimmage over the past two seasons. He'll get another chance, but will be on a short leash.
Saints worked out free agent Nate Washington.
They also had Rueben Randle, Andre Caldwell, and Greg Little in for visits. Washington has struggled for interest since his Patriots release, but could resurface after Week 1.
Saints waived QB Garrett Grayson.
Grayson was the 75th pick in last year's draft and was expected to be groomed as the backup of the future in New Orleans. He was beat out by veteran Luke McCown two years in a row for No. 2 duties. Through two preseasons, Grayson completed 69-of-130 passes for 743 yards and a 2:6 TD:INT ratio.
Free agent OG Jahri Evans visited the Saints on Tuesday.
A Saint since 2006, Evans was released in February. He signed with the Seahawks in early August, but didn't make much of a roster push. The Saints are still unsettled at Evans' old right guard. Now 33, Evans was a replacement-level player in 2015.
Free agent Rueben Randle worked out for the Saints on Tuesday.
It's Randle's first workout since he didn't even make it to final cuts with the Eagles. It's quite possible the Saints are just updating their emergency list. Were Randle to sign, he wouldn't be a threat to Michael Thomas' sleeper status.
Saints released K Kai Forbath.
The Saints are going with UDFA Wil Lutz. Forbath beat Connor Barth in a summer competition, but evidently didn't convince the coaching staff he deserved to keep his job. Lutz is coming from small-school Georgia State, so it's definitely a gamble for a team that can never seem to settle on a kicker.
Saints released CB Cortland Finnegan.
Finnegan made it 25 days on the Saints' roster. Now 32, Finnegan appeared to have nothing left in five appearances for the Panthers last season.
Free agent OG Josh Sitton will visit the Bears.
If he leaves without a contract, his next visit will be with New Orleans. Green Bay's decision to move on from Sitton was a head-scratcher and now the division-rival Bears have a chance to hit the Packers where it hurts. The Bears are vulnerable at left guard with second-round rookie Cody Whitehair set to replace Matt Slauson. If he chooses the Bears, Sitton and Kyle Long would make a formidable duo at guard.
Saints released RB Travaris Cadet.
C.J. Spiller's resurgence and Marcus Murphy's special teams skills likely sealed Cadet's fate. He could be an option again once Spiller inevitably fails to live up to his name.
Saints released G/T Khalif Barnes.
The veteran made one start for the Raiders last season. Barnes was last in the news for a drunk-driving arrest. At 34, his career is on borrowed time.
Saints waived DE Chris McCain.
Acquired from the Dolphins for a conditional seventh-round pick on Monday, McCain lasted five days with the Saints. New Orleans will likely get their seventh-rounder back after waiving him.
Saints released DT C.J. Wilson.
TE RaShaun Allen, CB Brandon Dixon, OG Kaleb Eulls and LB Tony Steward have been waived. Smith signed as depth in June. A sixth-year pro, Wilson made 12 appearances between the Raiders and Lions last season. He'll troll for end-of-roster work.
Free agent OLB Paul Kruger will visit the Saints Tuesday.
He also has a visit scheduled with the Chiefs later in the week. Cut by the Browns on Monday, Kruger is easily the best pass rusher on the market and makes a lot of sense for both teams. New Orleans just missed out on landing Kruger in 2013, and they need all the help they can get rushing the passer. Kansas City is thin at outside backer with Justin Houston (knee) out indefinitely.