Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Saints Nation: Thanks for the Memories Deuce!

It sounds like Deuce McAllister may be officially done with the NFL at the young age of 31. He's been placed on the reserve/retired list with the Saints, meaning he'll have to apply for reinstatement to the league should he want to come back. Word is he's currently close to 30 pounds above playing weight, and he'd likely need yet another knee surgery to attempt a comeback. I think it's safe to say his career is over. The good news is he may join the Saints down the road in some capacity, perhaps similar to the roles Fred McAfee and Michael Lewis both have with the team. It would be nice to have him around, that's for sure. Deuce ends his career as the all time leading rusher in Saints' history. He finished with 6,096 career rushing yards and scored 54 touchdowns. He also threw for one 12 yard touchdown in his rookie season, and he eclipsed the 1,000 yard rushing mark 4 times in his 8 seasons.

To take McAllister's roster spot, it's been widely rumored that former LSU Defensive Tackle and rookie undrafted free agent Marlon Favorite has signed with the team. Favorite's twitter page first broke the news.

The news that the Saints signed Favorite tells me three things. 1. They're preparing to have bodies on the defensive line in an effort to stop Peterson. 2. They Saints may be unhappy with Bobby McCray playing on running downs, and they need a DT with the possibility that they're moving Anthony Hargrove back to his original position. 3. The injury to Robert Meachem's ankle shouldn't keep him out of the game if they're not signing a receiver.

For what it's worth, Favorite couldn't crack the starting lineup in Carolina this year despite basically being handed the job because of a rash of injuries at the position. He was later released and has spent some time on the Rams, Chiefs and Seahawks this season. 5 teams in one season is an impressive feat, I'll give him that. Hopefully he can fulfill his potential in New Orleans.