Devery Henderson is coming off his worst season as a pro after making just 22 catches last season. His sputtering numbers weren’t caused by injury, as he played in 15 games last season. The 316-yard, one-touchdown season Devery Henderson put together last year also can’t be blamed on the offense, since he plays in a 5,000-yard passing system quarterbacked by Drew Brees. The only reason for the downfall of Henderson with the New Orleans Saints is that he is no longer a viable receiving threat. As an unrestricted free agent this offseason, the Saints should not bring back a 30-year-old, increasingly useless Devery Henderson.
The emergence of Lance Moore makes Henderson expendable this offseason. Moore, and perennial top receiver Marques Colston, combined for 2,195 yards and 16 touchdowns. Henderson’s 316 yards ranked sixth on the team behind two running backs. Additionally, with tight end Jimmy Graham emerging as one of the NFL‘s best at his position, the need for a loaded receiving group becomes less dire. Graham led the team with 85 receptions, while Colston was right behind him with 83. As a third-string guy with limited big-play potential, there is no reason to waste valuable cap space on him. Even with the loss of Robert Meachem last season, Henderson was unable to find consistency as a third WR option.
Henderson has been with the Saints for his entire career and was once a threat for 50 yards each game while stretching the defense as a premier deep threat option. He has fallen precipitously from his career-high numbers, however, and has been phased out of the New Orleans offense. If Drew Brees isn’t going to give Devery Henderson the ball, there is no reason to bring him back next year – especially after his worst season to date.