Saints will release Grant on Friday

In a move that’s been speculated about for months, the Saints have announced they will release defensive end Charles Grant on Friday.

Not sure exactly why they’re waiting until Friday to officially make the move, but I’m sure there is some contractual reason the Saints are playing it this way.

The Saints also said they already have released veteran offensive lineman Jamar Nesbit and linebacker Mark Simoneau.

Grant, the team’s first-round pick in 2002, played in 118 games for the Saints and made 106 starts. Although his 47 sacks rank eight in team history, Grant’s production never quite matched the potential many thought he had when he came into the league.

Grant had 5.5 sacks last season, but was placed on the injured-reserve list before the postseason started. The Saints still have Anthony Hargrove, Bobby McCray and Jeff Charleston as candidates for the starting position opposite Will Smith, but probably will look to add more depth in free agency.