I wrote just yesterday about the harsh realities of life in the NFL. I made a somewhat bold claim that no New Orleans Saint really deserved to be cut from the team. But because of the said harsh realities, cuts had to be made.
A few readers made a good point that a player such as Chris Ivory does not have to be cut, but instead can be put on the PUP-List (Physically Unable to Perform List). But anyway, it's not as if a player of Ivory's significance would be cut upon the first batch of pink slips going out.
Surprisingly though a player of similar significance was released Tuesday—as the Saints have now released three starters from the 2011 playoff team—the team most successful in defense of a championship since the Patriots successfully defended their 2003 title.