The Saints and tailback Deuce McAllister officially will part ways in a joint press conference this afternoon, ending one of the most successful and popular runs in franchise history.
The news comes as no real surprise, though it still will come as a blow to the Saints fan base.
McAllister, who turned 30 in December, had four years remaining on his contract. But his role was greatly diminished last season after he returned from his second major knee injury in three years. And he was set to earn $5.3 million in salary and bonuses in 2009.