Report: Saints releasing Darren Sproles

AP

The Saints are reportedly releasing one of their key running backs.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Saints are cutting Darren Sproles, the 30-year-old pass-catching back who’s spent the last three seasons with New Orleans.

However, a league source tells PFT’s Mike Florio that New Orleans has yet to release Sproles and that efforts to trade him continue. However, Sproles will be released if he cannot be dealt.

Sproles hauled in 71 passes for 604 yards and two TDs in 2013. He also rushed for 220 yards and two scores on 53 carries.

The apparent impending departure of Sproles is the latest move by the Saints to retool a skilled-but-aging roster. Moreover, a trade or release of Sproles would save the Saints quite a bit of money; Sproles is due $3.4 million in salary and a $100,000 workout bonus, per Rotoworld.com salary data.

118 responses to “Report: Saints releasing Darren Sproles

  1. Wow. Gotta make room and get younger and cheaper. I understand you will eventually have to clear house if you try and keep a stable of rbs.

    Good luck and hope you catch on with an afc team!

  2. Who would really try to trade for him knowing that Saints plan to release him anyways?! Saints shorted themselves on this one. I wouldn’t trade anything for a player who’s going to hit Open Market anyways

  3. This means they might keep Pierre. He is the only proven pass catching RB left on the roster.

  4. That’ll hurt them. He is an absolute weapon in the passing game unlike any RB. Shocking decision.

  5. Sproles is worth way more than $3.5 mil to the Saints. They’ll figure that out next year.

  6. Maybe a smart move by the Saints. He had a huge role in the offense in 2011, but in the business of football you can’t reward people for what they’ve done in the past, you have to make decisions based on what you think they’re capable of in the future.

  7. Wrong side of 30 but still productive in the passing game. Impressive threat in the screen game. With today’s pass happy NFL he’s a commodity. He wont be out of work long.

  8. The rule is to cut ties 1-2 years before his time is up…this would be about right. Same for Steve Smith unfortunately. Both a threat on any offense right now.

  9. He didn’t have the best year last season and the Saints probably expect his skillsets to diminish given that speed and agility are his main attributes. He still will end up on a team and contribute. He is a fun guy to watch and I think he still has some more in the tank, but clearly his best years are behind him.

  10. Lions should pick him up and use him in tandem with Bush. That would be tough to prepare for defensively.

  11. Can’t wait to hear Saints fans spin this as Sproles being dead weigh and/or overpaid. NO is circling the drain. Which begs the question… why are they keeping the old, injury prone, slow Colston? Sproles is far more dynamic and certainly more of a playmaker.

  12. Only a handful of running backs have historically survived turning 30 without a significant reduction in their stats. Good luck to him, but not a good time in one’s career to be cut.

  13. Nobody will trade for these guys when the team says they will release them.

    They will wait til the player is released and sign them to their own contract.

  14. I guess injuries had taken their toll but he was money, just not so much this year. So surprising since he was suc a huge part of the offense.

    Either way, I’m glad to see some of the rb depth thinning up in NO… too many good ones stuck behind the other… great when you’ve got 3, not so much 5 or 6.

    He’ll be a steal wherever he ends up..

  15. This is all Jimmy Graham’s fault. He wants all this money and we have to cut SPROLES?!?!?!

    Sorry, but I can’t SPROLE with that!

  16. Pats fan, Sproles is a classy guy who holds it down for the short guys, hope he finds a good team to play for. You can blame Jimmy Diva or this and Lance Moore. What a selfish baby

  17. VIKINGS!

    He would have been in San Diego with Norv Turner, I think. Great in the passing game and there is no Viking RB on the roster that can say that.

    I see a possible connection.

  18. Sproles will land on his feet somewhere. Getting a little old for what he does, but he still has some wiggle. He can help someone.

  19. I honestly could see this guy winding up in minnesota relieving Peterson on 3rd downs, with Gerhart on his way out I could see sproles wanting to reunite with his old coach Norv Turner. That would be an explosive backfield.

  20. I would like to see the Pats keep Sproles on their radar. In the event they lose Julian Edelman, Sproles could replace him on the punt return unit, and also serve as a backup on kickoff returns. At running back, the loss of Danny Woodhead became very evident last year when Shane Vereen went down. Versatility on the offense went down dramatically during that time, and Sproles could fill the same role as Woodhead, one piece of a rotation, not having to carry a full load. Ridley, Vereen, Sproles and Blount (if they can retain him) would give Tom Brady a very versatile and dangerous backfield to work with. Should he become available, and not at a high price, I hope the Pats will consider him.

  21. While not a popular fan base move, it makes sense to get rid of these 30 y/o players for cheaper, younger players on offense.

    I love how everybody begins chiming in to “bring him here to my team”!

    The question becomes, why would anyone ever want to go to Minnesota???

  22. Sproles is all class and a total workhorse.

    I would welcome him with open arms back to the Chargers, he already made 16million in 2 years from San Diego, surely he could take a discount now.

  23. Mr. Reese Please go get this guy, sign him, and wrap up Gerhart, and we solve a backfield/screen problem with room to spare!
    CT GIANT

  24. Reading these comments are kind of funny. Brees accounts for $20mil in cap space. That leaves $113 mil left over. Next argument.

    The Saints are getting younger and I love it.

  25. I remember how excited I was to hear we got him a few years ago. Really bummed he didn’t make it to the Super Bowl. That said, happy he had his record breaking season with us. Somebody’s gonna get a great player.

  26. really? All I hear is “Drew wanted to get paid” and crap like that. Stupid remark as usual. There are other qbs getting more money but nothing is said about them. You people really need to get a real life and quit trying to live out your “dreams” through sports. You are morons.

  27. Emotionally, this is a very tough time for the Saints’ organization. Travaris Cadet can replace Sproles and Andy Tanner can replace Lance Moore. Nobody can replace Brees and Jimmy G. Sean Payton is making the right decisions and it is
    very hard on him losing some players that he loves so much. Mickey Loomis is a great GM and a good person and this is hard on him too.

  28. This guy is a difference maker, basically nobody can cover him out of the backfield….Don’t know if the Saints think they can re-sign him cheaply or they think he might decline quickly, but losing him will affect Brees as much as losing Gonzalez will affect Matt Ryan…..

  29. Good running back, very good 3rd down back, excellent receiver coming out of the backfield either in the screen game or in open space in the flats, exceptional in the return game. ” Darren you have a call on line 1, he said his name is Howie Roseman and he is wondering if you would like to play in the See Coast Offense?”

  30. If Seattle, or the 49ers get this guy?? it will be serious trouble for the rest of the league. New Orleans will regret it if either of those teams get Sproles.

  31. Sproles was quickly becoming a spare part. He is no longer dangerous in the return game and with the Saints moving to a power run offense with Ingram and Robinson his days were numbered. I’m sure some team will be happy to have him and put him in a bigger role, even if he’s lost a step he’s still got a lot left in him.

  32. The concussions has started taking their toll on Sproles and it wouldn’t shock me to see him retire in the next year or so. Plus he was worthless in the return last year.

  33. Thanks for all your heart and might while playing for the Saints. As fans, we are forever grateful. My favorite nickname for you was “Mighty Mouse” . Small in stature, but big in heart. You will truly be missed by the Saints fans who all loved watching you play.

    Good luck in all that you do!

  34. ????? What the hell?? Why are we not getting rid of Ingram!! This is a stupid move. Why is ingram even having a position on the roster let alone a job!!! This dude is better than ingram any day!! Wow this I have to say as a saints fan a bad move. I have seen them make great moves in the past couple of years but this one is a very bad one. It will cost us dearly this year you can count on that. Now they can stack the box and rush brees more you count on it cause they had to account for sproles with out him we will get so many sacks on drew brees it want be funny!! It’s not looking good saint fans and jimmy graham is not worth losing all of these people!! Him are Drew brees. What the idea of having 2 high paid players and the rest garbage!!! Well not all of them but you have whole team to pay let alone a defense this is going to kill us this year very bad descisions right now.

  35. He’ll get a lot of interest in the FA market, that’s for sure.

    He’d be an awesome backup/utility guy for Philly. But I’m sure there are 30 other team out there that could find a spot for him too

    Not the guy he was a few years ago, but still a valuable, very versatile, weapon

  36. Sproles is on the decline and was garbage this season–he will not be missed. You don’t pay 31 year old scat backs $3.5 million a year. The Saints like their RBs like I like my women .. young and cheap.

    We already have a replacement on the roster…. Tavaris Cadet. OHHH…and Pierre Thomas, you’re next.

  37. Even I’m smart enough to realize that the Saints don’t make very many bad decisions since Peyton and Loomis came on board. They know what they are doing and have built the Saints up to be contenders every year.

    Stills was in instead of Moore for most of last year so they released Moore. I LOVE Sproles, but he hasn’t contributed much in the last two years and there are younger players that are capable of replacing him.

    Saints have to move away from the older veterans that are slowing down and replace them with young blood. Hey–it worked for Seattle, it will work for us–just have to have faith.

    I know it hurts when you get used to a bunch of guys that have been great players, but its how the NFL works.

    I’ll miss Vilma, Greer, Smith, Moore and Sproles if he is released too. But, we’ll move on, we have some good talent – Stills, Armstead, Lewis, Tanner and we still have the draft and FA.

  38. Another soon to be free agent that the Raiders (Mckenzie) should pursue. Here are the rest :Champ Bailey, Hester, and Steven Smith. But that would only be dreaming. The aren’t Green Bay rejects, and players from practice squads.

  39. I’m throwing in the towel on Mickey Loomis. He’s lost his marbles. Sean Payton too. Destroying the team for one person (Jimmy Soft) is not a good idea. It reminds me of when Mike Ditka flushed all his draft picks down the toilet to get Ricky Williams. Look how that turned out!

    Jimmy Soft isn’t good enough to carry the whole team. Sproles is brilliant and he fought through several games last year with injuries. This is absolute insanity.

  40. I love all of the comments on here about DS… It’s certainly a mixed bag of opinions.

    Someone asked why you would trade for a player that is going to be released anyway, but they you have fans from the Pats, Chiefs, Broncos, Raiders, Seahawks, 49ers, etc. all clamoring for their team to sign him. THAT is why he still has trade value, because it may be worth it to give up a 5-6th round pick to ensure your team get’s him vs. getting into a bidding war.

    As a Saints fan, I loved Sproles and he was the perfect replacement for Reggie 3 years ago, however as other has alluded to, he is on the wrong side of 30 for RBs (ask ATL about S. Jackson) and at $3.5 million per this season was too expensive for a situational/part time player.

    His return game decreased mightily last season and a few teams found ways to neutralize him in the screen passes.

  41. Sproles is strictly a 3rd down back/kr & his stat’s just don’t back up his hype. People remember his big plays but forget the multiple 35 yd games with no scores.

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