The New Orleans Saints cut veteran guard Larry Warford on Friday, as reported by NFL.com.
The move comes two weeks after the NFL Draft, during which the Saints used their first-round pick on interior offensive lineman Cesar Ruiz from the University of Michigan.
Ruiz played mostly center in college, but many scouts deemed him able to play guard as well.
The middle of New Orleans’ starting offensive line now likely includes Ruiz at right guard, Erik McCoy – who was a second-round pick in 2019 – at center, and Andrus Peat – who signed a five-year contract extension in March – at left guard.
Warford, who will turn 29 in June, becomes a free agent and is likely to be one of the most sought-after players still without a team.
He was due a reported base salary of $7.65million this season after he signed a four-year, $34m deal with New Orleans in 2017.
Selected in the third round of the 2013 draft, Warford began his career with the Lions and played four seasons in Detroit before signing with the Saints.
He has started 101 games over seven career seasons, allowing a total of 14 sacks and being flagged for holding just four times.