The New Orleans Saints announced that they have waived defensive end Greg Romeus. He was the Saints’ 2011 seventh-round draft pick out of Pittsburgh, but he could never make it on the field. Romeus’ with the Saints was plagued by devastating injuries and never saw any playing time in the NFL as he was always recovering.
In college Romeus suffered a back injury, and after he was drafted by the Saints he had been recovering from a knee surgery. Then in the Saints’ 2012 OTAs he tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee. The Saints ultimately decided to waive Romeus because he had never been healthy enough to even play a game. With the Saints waiving him one has to wonder if any other team will take a chance on such an injury prone player.
If Romeus does get picked up by another team there are some things to like despite his injury history. He has great size at 6-foot-5 267 pounds, and looking at his production in college it would seem that he could help an NFL roster. At Pittsburgh Romeus played 40 games and totaled 142 tackles, 19.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, and 12 passes defended. It is clear that if healthy he could produce, but no one has yet to see his production on the NFL level.
For Romeus this could be the end of a short lived career, but if he could manage to stay healthy he could work his way onto a team’s practice squad perhaps. Furthermore, if Romeus does prove he can stay healthy he could come at a great price to a team looking for depth on the defensive line.
For the Saints waiving Romeus was a necessary move and they managed to trim their roster down to 89 players. His career with the Saints might be over, but it is still unclear if his career in the NFL has come to an end.