Saints Re-Sign Deuce McAllister
Case in point: the Saints announced Friday that the re-signing of running back Deuce McAllister, a longtime Saints fan favorite who was released by New Orleans in a salary-cap move last February, to be an honorary captain on Saturday against Arizona. Defensive tackle Rodney Leisle was placed on injured reserve to make room for McAllister, who will be inactive for the Saints' divisional round game.
"Deuce is a huge part of the history of our club and of what has gotten this team to where we are today and we absolutely wanted him with us as we head into the playoffs," Loomis said.
McAllister is the Saints' all-time leading rusher with 6,096 yards, but he struggled mightily to stay healthy in his final few years with New Orleans -- he missed 11 games in 2005 with a torn right ACL, 13 games in 2007 with a torn left ACL and played at less than 100 percent last season.
McAllister didn't find an NFL home this season and has not played since Week 17 of last year, leaving open the door for a return to New Orleans.
"I"m speechless," McAllister told WWL TV in New Orleans.. "I don't know that there are words to describe this feeling. I do know that we have unfinished business that we started a few years ago and we want to finish the deal."
While the Saints -- and the Superdome crowd -- will no doubt feed off of McAllister's presence, McAllister's comments and the timing of this definitely indicates that this decision was made, in part, to try and get the popular back a Super Bowl ring, should New Orleans win. New Orleans' starting running back, Pierre Thomas, has been dealing with a rib injury, but there's little chance that McAllister sees any playing time during the postseason.
"Deuce McAllister has always embodied the spirit of the New Orleans Saints and the city of New Orleans," Saints head coach Sean Payton said. "We're excited to have him back with the team and to have him lead us out on to the field tomorrow."