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By Kaleel Weatherly -- SB Nation

Safety Jairus Byrd became the New Orleans Saints’ latest cap casualty. The Saints released the 30-year-old safety after three seasons, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Byrd, a three-time Pro Bowler, signed a six-year, $56 million deal with New Orleans in 2014 and was scheduled to make just under $8 million in 2017.

After playing the first four games in his debut season with the Saints, Byrd suffered a torn lateral meniscus during a Thursday practice. The team placed him on injured reserve the next day.

From 2015 to 2016, Byrd played in 29 games but did not produce at a high level. He racked up 135 tackles and three interceptions in that span.

After a poor outing against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3 of last season, head coach Sean Payton benched Byrd for the team’s Week 4 matchup against the then-San Diego Chargers.

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