Jon Stinchcomb (RT) released by New Orleans Saints
GM Mickey Loomis & Coach Sean Payton & Drew Brees praise Stinchcomb
August 15, 2011 - the announcement was made today by New Orleans Saintsí Executive Vice President & General Manager Mickey Loomis: The New Orleans Saints announce the release of veteran New Orleans Saints right tackle Jon Stinchcomb.
Both Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis & Coach Sean Payton described the release as very difficult for them personally.
Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis & Coach Sean Payton both said Jon Stinchcomp "epitomized" everything they want from the players in the New Orleans Saints organization.
Executive Vice President & General Manager Mickey Loomis said: "We as an organization have the utmost respect for Jon & all that he has worked so hard to accomplish during his career. Heís exemplified professionalism, both on the field & in our community & been an outstanding player, teammate & mentor to many of our younger players. We respect the efforts & professionalism he brought to our team. He's gonna be on the 'Wall of Fame' that we have down our hallway, and I think he should be in the Saints' Hall of Fame one day. He's meant a lot to our organization, for a number of reasons, including his play on the field."
New Orleans Saints Head Football Coach Sean Payton said: "Cuts like these are the hardest part of the job & this compares right up there with releasing [tailback Deuce McAllister two years ago]. Jon has epitomized what we have tried to accomplish here with our program. This was a decision that we spent a lot of time on & not something taken lightly at all. I can tell you that everyone in this organization has a ton of respect for him. Again, it was a difficult decision. Heís been a big part of the past five seasons here."
Jon Stinchcomb, 6-5, 315 pounds, was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the 2nd round in 2003 NFL Draft (37th overall selection) & was the longest tenured member of the New Orleans Saints.
The New Orleans Saints starting right tackle in Super Bowl XLIV, the 31-year old Jon Stinchcomb had been on the right side of the offensive line since New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Paytonís first season in 2006. In fact, Jon Stinchcomb had a streak of 80 consecutive starts during that time-period from 2006 to 2011.
Jon Stinchcomb was one of the most popular football players in the New Orleans Saints locker room.
Jon Stinchcomb was a NFC Pro Bowler in 2009 & the team's Man of the Year in 2008.
The New Orleans Saints decided to move on with younger players at the right tackle position.
Right tackle backups Zach Strief & Charles Brown will battle for the starting tight tackle job.
The New Orleans Saints wanted to give Zach Strief & Charles Brown all of the snaps over these next three weeks to evaluate them properly.
Zack Strief is the front runner for the right tackle job, having been in the New Orleans Saints' system for five years with seven career starts.
The New Orleans Saints believe Cherles Brown has great athletic potential, drafting him from USC in the second round of the 2010 draft.
During practice on Sunday, Zack Strief had taken over for Jon Stinchcomb as the starting right tackle, while Jon Stinchcomb was working with the 2nd string.
Jon Stinchcomb's performance dropped off in 2010 after he made his 2009 Pro Bowl appearance due to a knee injury.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees on the release of New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb:
"I think he's one of the greatest teammates I've ever had. He's everything you'd ever want in a teammate & a football player & a man. Obviously he's going to be missed. He'll always be one of my great friends, one of my best friends. I wish him the best & his family. I'm not sure what's next for him, but I'll always love that man. I think at times you hope these times will last forever, especially since we feel like we still have so much to accomplish even though the last five years have been unbelievable. So, I guess that's it: the reality of the game we play. There's a time where itcomes to an end for all of us. I guess just the fact we've been together for so long & you feel like there's one more guy who won't be a part of this team. For this year, anyway, he'll always be a part I think one of the greatest Saints to play for all the things he brought & just the type of person he was. When I heard today about Stinch, I think the biggest emotion is, man, you thought this journey was going to last forever. And like I said it comes to an end for all of us at some point & some sooner than others. Jon had a great 8-year career where he's a world champion, he's been a starter the entire time we've been here, he's been a mainstay. He embodies everything in a teammate that you'd ever want: he's hard-working, he's smart, he's a great leader, he's positive. I'll just miss coming into the locker room & seeing his face every day. You know, telling stories & laughing & then going out on the field & going to battle with him. You miss all those things. That's the thing: you're saying goodbye to him as a teammate on this 2011 team but you're not saying goodbye to him as a friend. He's one of those guys who's just a rare breed."
We will miss you Jon Stinchcomb.
Jon Stinchcomb (T) re-signs with the New Orleans Saints
Stinchcomb agrees to two-year $7 million contract extension
March 2, 2007 - The New Orleans Saints re-signed starting unrestricted free agent & right tackle, Jon Stinchcomb to a two-year, $7 million contract extension that will pay him $5 million in 2007 in bonuses & base salary.
Stinchcomb's priority was to remain in New Orleans. Stinchcomb said, "I'm excited about being back. I definitely wanted to be back in New Orleans, and I'm excited to have another couple of years here. It's so hard in this day and age of free agency to have a sense of loyalty from an organization to a player and from a player to an organization. But if it were possible, the Saints have been good to me. And I'd like to continue on with this relationship."
Last season, Stinchcomb started every game for the Saints, winning the job in training camp after spending the first four years of his NFL career "on the bench". Stinchcomb successfully rehabilitated a torn right patellar tendon incurring in the 2005 training camp. He is one of the anchors of a re-created Saints offensive line ... a key ingredient in the NFL's top-rated offense in 2006.
Jon Stinchcomb, drafted him in the second round of 2003, said that the new contract far exceeds the first deal he signed with the Saints. Stinchcomb said, "I'm excited about it. It's over twice what I've made in the first four years I've been in the league. It's a lot of money, and we're excited about just moving forward."
Jon Stinchcomb, a native of Lilburn, Georgia, graduated from the University of Georgia. At Georgia, Jon Stinchcomb started 34-of-37 games he appeared in & earned All-Academic honors in 2001-2002. Jon Stinchcomb was also named a Walter Camp Foundation All-American in 2002, All-SEC & 1 of 6 recipients for the National Football Foundation scholarship.
As a high school prep at Parkview High School (Lilburn, Georgia) Jon Stinchcomb was a USA Today & Parade All-American.