http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3913182 The New Orleans Saints, as expected, parted ways with long-time running back Deuce McAllister by giving him his release Tuesday. McAllister's release comes one day after the Jacksonville Jaguars cut the franchise's all-time leading running back, Fred Taylor. With a $7.5 million cap number and McAllister owed more than $5 million this fall, the Saints figured to either cut his salary or release him. A news conference was scheduled for Tuesday. His release puts the Saints under the $123 million salary cap. "Decisions like this are always very difficult ones to make," executive vice president/general manager Mickey Loomis said in a statement before the news conference. "Deuce has epitomized hard work, leadership and productivity throughout his career and has been a source of great pride for all of us associated with the team. His records and accomplishments on the field speak for themselves about the type of player he was in a Saints uniform," Loomis said. "He truly ranks as one of the greatest players in our club's history, and we are very respectful of everything he has meant to the Saints and our community." In eight seasons in New Orleans, McAllister rushed for 6,096 yards on 1,429 carries. Knee injuries have slowed him down the past couple of seasons. In his past two years, McAllister had only 131 carries and 510 yards.