Hollis Thomas released by the New Orleans Saints

April 29, 2009, it was announced that the New Orleans Saints have released their defensive tackle Hollis Thomas.
Hollis was originally selected by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 1996, and then he was traded to the Saints in 2006 where he played under the New Orleans Saints for three seasons.

The 13-year NFL veteran had been considered as one of the key factors of the Saints’ defense, especially when he is in good shape. In fact, during the 2006 season, the defensive tackle had made a great impact why the New Orlean Saints make it to the NFC Championship game for the very first time.
On August 14, 2008, on a game against the Houston Texans, Thomas was badly injured resulting to torn triceps on his right arm, which later on, made the team decide to release him on September 11. Although after the injury has been cured, the Saints signed him again on November 3.
Though Thomas had been reportedly having conditioning issues with the Saints, Head Coach Sean Payton still shows his disappointment about Thomas leaving his team, telling that “He (relating to Thomas) has been a big part of what we have accomplished here.”