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Darren Sproles to Saints: Cut me, don’t trade me

Darren Sproles, Mike Adams AP

Darren Sproles does not want to be traded.

Sproles, the running back and return man whom the Saints are shopping around the league, told Josina Anderson of ESPN that if he has no future in New Orleans, he wants the team to cut him.

“I want to get released,” Sproles said. “I don’t want to be traded. I don’t know where they would send me because I have no control over it and I want to be able to pick. The good thing is none of the teams I’m told they’re talking to are terrible. It’s more than two. I feel I should have more of an idea later on today.”

It’s easy to see why Sproles would feel that way: You’d always rather control your own fate, and potentially negotiate a pay raise, than have someone else determine your future for you. But the reality is that the Saints are reportedly fielding several offers for Sproles, and they’d be fools not to get some compensation for Sproles if they can.

If Sproles is adamantly opposed to a trade, he could threaten to retire if the Saints trade him somewhere he doesn’t want to go. That might scare some teams off. But the most likely scenario is that the Saints trade Sproles to the team that offers them the best deal, and that Sproles ends up playing for that team, even if it’s a team that wouldn’t have been his top choice.

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61 Responses to “Darren Sproles to Saints: Cut me, don’t trade me”
  1. Nic says: Mar 12, 2014 12:49 PM

    When a team pays you millions of dollars, they can do what they want. They owe you NOTHING. Is this guy new or something?

  2. the8man says: Mar 12, 2014 12:49 PM

    Methinks his protests will fall upon unsympathetic ears.

  3. sportsnut101 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:49 PM

    They should agree

  4. ziggystheansah says: Mar 12, 2014 12:49 PM

    New Orleans should respect that; What are they going to get? Probably a 6th or 7th round draft choice. He brought many good years to New Orleans.

  5. hawksfan99 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:50 PM

    Cut him, and come to the hawks. lol

  6. shaggytoodle says: Mar 12, 2014 12:51 PM

    Well unfortunately one of the perks of having a player signed to a contract is the team get to do what is best for them.

    If they can get something for him, why not get a draft pick for the guy.

  7. ariani1985 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:51 PM

    We in green bay welcome you with open arms. We haven’t had a running game since WWII!

  8. sandersmarcus10 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:51 PM

    This guy has done nothing but ball for the Saints, why wouldnt they throw him a bone and let him go, if your not going to sign him let him go and play where he wants, teams are selfish!

  9. tdubdizzle says: Mar 12, 2014 12:51 PM

    It’d be cool if Sproles signed with the Patriots. Bill would use him well.

    Editors Note: If Sproles retired he’d be under contract whenever he chose to return from his fake retirement that you have proposed.He has no leverage.

  10. 303bengalguy says: Mar 12, 2014 12:52 PM

    He’s being screwed out of being available on the FA market at the start. Other players will ink deals with the teams throwing out the biggest dollars while he sits in limbo. Saints are doin’ him wrong if they’re not going to keep him around.

  11. mburkett1980 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:53 PM

    I’d like to see some context here. The quote, standing alone, makes it sound as though he is bitter and that very well may not be the case.

    For instance, what if he was asked if he’d rather be cut or traded? Or was this just him, in an unsolicited manner, coming out and complaining?

    I’m going with the former.

  12. marcinhouston says: Mar 12, 2014 12:53 PM

    If Sproles will agree to refund his signing bonus the Saints will agree to forfeit the advantages of having him under contract.

  13. britishteeth says: Mar 12, 2014 12:53 PM

    Maybe y’all would be interested in a future hall of fame DE/LB named Shea McClellin? He’s money.

  14. tdubdizzle says: Mar 12, 2014 12:54 PM

    Darren Sproles would fit well where there is already a feature back. What about in Minnesota? AP and Darren Sproles? That’d be too good.

  15. dycenyne says: Mar 12, 2014 12:55 PM

    New Orleans Saints to Darren Sproles: Shut the hell up!

  16. canedaddy says: Mar 12, 2014 12:56 PM

    In a draft this deep you don’t let a guy go when you can get a pick for him.

  17. clbrwns says: Mar 12, 2014 1:00 PM

    LOL. Be happy you have a skill anyone would want. I’m sure the factory worker would love to be “traded” rather than “cut”. These guys never stop to amaze me the bubble of a world they live in.

  18. emmac13 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:01 PM

    A good read for this years free agents. You want paid…..you sign……they own you.

  19. conormacleod says: Mar 12, 2014 1:01 PM

    It’s so funny to always hear people post; “he deserves…”. Seriously? They are paid a lifetime of money each year to give up where they want to go. They all get paid millions to do a job. Now, I have no problem with Sproles saying he wants to be cut, but in no way do the Saints owe him anything. He was paid to do his job. Period.

  20. teal379 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:02 PM

    Cut me Mick! Cut me!

  21. awm7353 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:03 PM

    What job other than sports allows a business to trade one of its employees to a competitor? Ever hear “John Deere just traded its top welder to Caterpiller for two future employees and an intern to be named later”? I would hate being traded to a place I don’t want to work.

  22. shaggytoodle says: Mar 12, 2014 1:03 PM

    Correct on using the retirement as leverage, just ask Favre.

  23. reesesteel23 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:04 PM

    Doesn’t hurt to ask lol.

  24. tvguy22 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:04 PM

    Come to Philly. Room to run in Chip’s offense and the returner job is yours.

  25. skippynj says: Mar 12, 2014 1:04 PM

    It’s just bidness. Nertin’ personal DS. Saints have no 2nd rd. pick. Sproles is worth that, but will probly get a 4th.

  26. ballreaper says: Mar 12, 2014 1:04 PM

    I don’t know why more players don’t do this more , if you hear your name in TRADE rumors, just say out loud if I”m TRADED I Might not show up to that team. I”m quiet sure that should put the brakes on many proceedings.So getting cut wouldn’t be the worse thing in the world.

  27. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 12, 2014 1:05 PM

    First off I’m most interested in having Sproles create a list of the terrible vs non-terrible teams, that would be fascinating to know.

    And not sure why he’s complaining, he signed the contract and could have talked about a no-trade promise at the time but he got what he wanted which was the money part. If you want something different then negotiate for it before you agree to something else. Or give the money back and we’ll gladly release you.

  28. reesesteel23 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:05 PM

    Also, I don’t agree with the first comment. The guy isn’t property. He’s a human.

    Maybe word it and say…”When you are under contract…”

  29. lionshawk says: Mar 12, 2014 1:05 PM

    Sleeper team could be Lions. He knows Lombardi’s system and LeShoure could be traded on draft day. Lions have needed a kick returner also.

  30. SeenThisB4 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:06 PM

    Hmmm, and I want to win the Mega Millions, too bad for me. Too bad for you Darren. If the Saints can get something for ya, anything, it’s better than getting nothing for ya.

  31. puckthefatriots says: Mar 12, 2014 1:06 PM

    None of the interested teams are terrible? That eliminates the Browns and Jets.

  32. somethingsmellsrotten says: Mar 12, 2014 1:08 PM

    Just go to the Donkeys…they seem to be able to sign everybody, guess they don’t have to abide by a salary cap.

  33. ghost26 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:10 PM

    I can’t think of many teams that Sproles wouldn’t help. He’s durable & very difficult to tackle. Translation–Sproles is a baller.

  34. rg3sus says: Mar 12, 2014 1:12 PM

    My understanding is if he is cut he must clear the waiver wire in order to choose his next location. Well, if there are potential trade partners lined up then obviously he won’t clear waivers. Therefor I believe he must have a desire to go to a team that picks early on the waiver list. ESPN 980 seems to think Washington but I don’t see why that would be

  35. 4allintensivepurposes says: Mar 12, 2014 1:12 PM

    “Don’t trade me, bro”

  36. SmashMouthFootball says: Mar 12, 2014 1:13 PM

    If all offers are basically even then let him decide. Really the difference between a 6th or a 7th round is pretty small. If its greatly imbalanced, and a team like the Vikings is offering a 4th then sorry, Darren you are going to a terrible team and you’ll be backing up AP.

  37. zukny1 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:14 PM

    Sproles has always been a pretty stand up guy and is the type of player that will do whatever the coaches want from him. The comments above seem to be a bit rude. All players / people want to be able to dictate their own future. There is absolutely nothing wrong with what he thinks or said.

    He will most likely end up playing for a good team and make that team better. I for one am a bit surprised the Saints are shopping him.

  38. jchipwood says: Mar 12, 2014 1:15 PM

    Sorry bud it’s about the team here and not you. If they can get a draft pick for you, teams are going to do it. Like all the players say……..it’s a business.

  39. r8rsfan says: Mar 12, 2014 1:15 PM

    Under age 30 crowd thinks the mean owners should be fair and let him walk.

  40. kcflake says: Mar 12, 2014 1:16 PM

    Can’t Blame Darren for saying that. the Saints are idiots for letting him go anyway. Pick him up Chiefs!

  41. thetruthcampaign says: Mar 12, 2014 1:21 PM

    At least they’re talking to you.

  42. leonbryte says: Mar 12, 2014 1:23 PM

    Drew Brees is demanding an explanation.

  43. jeremycrowhurst says: Mar 12, 2014 1:24 PM

    You’re a 30 year-old RB who’s set to make $3.5 million if you’re traded, on a contract that clearly never contemplated that you wouldn’t be cut before the last year.

    Do you really think you’ll get anywhere near that much as a free agent? Not every team throws the ball 650 times a year, you know….

  44. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 12, 2014 1:25 PM

    ^
    He may be human but he’s also acting like an ungrateful jerk. This is the path that he and his agent set up for him and now he wants to be given more beyond what was agreed to by having a role as an assistant-GM for the team. A human yes, but a human who should keep his mouth shut as well. That is if he doesn’t want to turn off more teams from paying for his “services”, whatever that really constitutes, I don’t know I’m just confused right now.

    Either way we should check his list of terrible teams before giving him any GM powers. Just in case he’s not very good at analyzing football or business decisions associated with football.

    And he is not property, but his contractual rights to play in the NFL are. They should trade that paper and if they can’t find a buyer then they need to find a creative way to make an example out of him to send as a message to others that don’t like how the Saints do football business. Weed those people out in advance from being a part of the team.

  45. fwippel says: Mar 12, 2014 1:30 PM

    He’d be a great change of pace back for the Vikings.

  46. ctgiant says: Mar 12, 2014 1:33 PM

    The “latest comment of fools” is right above me!
    Darren Sproles is one class act, pro, gives all, and plays with heart. Moreover, his talent speaks for him, even now, the Saints are getting trade offers or claim to be?
    Cut this 30 year old loose, so he can make his own deal, han’t he given you enough?
    THE CT GIANT

  47. Dogsweat says: Mar 12, 2014 1:38 PM

    Arizona or Philly bound.

  48. 1rockyracoon says: Mar 12, 2014 1:42 PM

    Wouldn’t it be nice if our employers always gave us what we wanted. He is a well compensated employee. Employees don’t run the business.

  49. djachammer says: Mar 12, 2014 1:46 PM

    You know these players are not loyal to a team .

    They go to where they believe they can get the most playing time/money.

    The Teams should get what they can .

    If he did not ever want to be traded he should have add the(No trade clause in the contract) he signed. That is why they have agents.

  50. rockstart42 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:50 PM

    Saints are entitled to get something for him. Its the business of the NFL.

    I hope the Saints manage to figure something out to keep him though.

  51. grantlee11 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:50 PM

    If Gabbert was good enough for a 6th round pick, they should be able to get a couple of #1’s and somebodies first born child for Sproles.

  52. travojones says: Mar 12, 2014 1:59 PM

    Cause this tactic worked so well for Favre…

  53. guitarfreak21 says: Mar 12, 2014 2:02 PM

    I think the Broncos are an interesting dark horse here… Moreno is supposed to be gone, right? I can’t remember if he got an extension… anyway, those screens would make Manning sing for joy. PS, not a Broncos fan – just an interesting take.

  54. italionstallion888 says: Mar 12, 2014 2:05 PM

    Please just cut him so he can come back home to KC

  55. wayneflores says: Mar 12, 2014 2:21 PM

    He’d be a great change of pace for the Raiders, they would have a return man that does more than call for a fair catch.
    A running threat and a runner that can actually catch the ball too. Not to mention the veteran, leadership qualities that are lacking in the locker room. Since the Saints want a trade to get some sort of compensation, we’d give them McFragile.

  56. ghlatty says: Mar 12, 2014 2:23 PM

    Sure the Saints want a pick, but more importantly they don’t want him pissed off and sign with the Falcons, Panthers or Bucs.

  57. saintswin says: Mar 12, 2014 2:27 PM

    I’m a huge Saints fan and love Darren Sproles but this a all about winning if the Saints can get a pick for him we need to trade him. Man I didn’t want Reggie Bush to go but it was best for the team. Mickey Loomis needs an award for pulling Jairus Byrd signing! I think the Denver Broncos should be all in to get Sproles Manning to Sproles would be devastating.

  58. whodatnhollywood says: Mar 12, 2014 4:34 PM

    Ingram is the RB they should be gettin’ rid of. Not Sproles. He’s still an outstanding player. The Saints OL sucked last season. Sproles will be productive~wherever he goes. I just want the Saints to finally admit: Ingram is not what we thought he was~a franchise player.

  59. cursedvikings1998 says: Mar 12, 2014 4:42 PM

    The Saints are set to pay Marques Colston $10 million this year and they are going to cut Sproles who earned about $3 million last year and had more yards from scrimmage than did Colston.

    Makes no sense at all, I am against dropping Sproles. Many Saints need to restructure their bloated contracts to allow Sproles to stay.

  60. chargerpower says: Mar 12, 2014 9:32 PM

    Come back home to the Chargers

  61. love2sing70 says: Mar 13, 2014 8:50 AM

    This is to all the haters out there (Nic) —- do you not get how badly the Saints have screwed up Darren’s career? 1st of all, they completely mis-used him which severely affecting his stats. It doesn’t take a rocket scientists to figure out that when you give a back like Darren consequective snaps he’ll get into his rhythm, and then he is next to impossible to stop. They took a player who was SD franchised player and used him for 3 years completely screwing up his stats. Sproles STILL holds the NFL All purpose yards record, and they disregard him like yesterdays news. Then in a complete and total show of NO RESPECT, they didn’t even have the decency to let him know personally—he found out on Twitter. That is irresponsible, disrespectful and a total LACK OF CLASS. He may be 30 (31 by season start) but because of how he was un-used in New Orleans, he’s still one of the best in the NFL. Everyone told him since Pee-wee football that he was too small to play in the NFL and he said “oh yeah…watch me”. WHEN a smart offensive team gets lucky enough to land him, he’ll once again be saying “oh yeah…watch me”.

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