Saints part ways with Patten

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

The Saints have started the process of getting under the salary cap. They released veteran wide receiver David Patten on Wednesday, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Patten, 34, is expendable because the Saints have a group of talented young receivers in Marques Colston, Lance Moore and Robert Meachem. More importantly, the Saints freed up $3 million by cutting Patten. They had been about $4.6 million above the salary cap. The next question is whether running back Deuce McAllister will follow Patten out the door.