NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Veteran tight end Jeremy Shockey, a key player in the New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl victory last year, has been released, the team said Monday.
Shockey caught the go-ahead touchdown in the Saints' 31-17 Super Bowl victory over Indianapolis. He racked up 139 catches for 1,460 yards and six touchdowns in 38 total games for the Saints.
His production tailed off in the 2010 season, however, as he posted career lows in catches (41) and yards (408) while appearing in 13 games and scoring three touchdowns.
"Jeremy played an important role in helping our team bring a Super Bowl championship to New Orleans," Saints head Coach Sean Payton said. "He contributed to the success of our offense, both as a pass-catcher and run blocker, and we're appreciative of his efforts."
Shockey spent his first six seasons with the New York Giants. He was named to the Pro Bowl four times during the span.