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Saints G.M. hopes Sproles deal doesn’t come back to haunt him

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The Saints have had to part with a number of veterans this offseason, but General Manager Mickey Loomis seems to be concerned with one in particular.

Loomis said he was concerned about the possibility that his trading running back Darren Sproles within the conference (to the Eagles for a fifth-round pick) could come back to haunt him.

“Anytime you’re in a good place and you’ve had success, which he’s had with us, it’s definitely painful to have the team say, ‘We don’t want you anymore,’” Loomis said, via Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “But I’m not in the business of consulting players on the moves we make in management.

“But look, I’m sensitive to how personal these things are to players. I get that. I respect Darren. A lot. He’s done a lot for us. When we had the opportunity to trade him, I spoke with his representation a number of times. I wanted to put him in a place where he felt good about going, and yet I’ve got to consider the team’s best interest first.”

Loomis said he “absolutely” had reservations about sending him to a team they just saw in the playoffs.

“Look that’s our competition, but every team in the NFL is our competition at some level,” Loomis said. “When you trade him to another NFL team, which is all we can do, there’s a high likelihood you’re going to improve that team.

“And that may come back to bite you. That’s OK. I wish Darren nothing but the best. I know he’ll be successful, and we’ll be happy for that.”

Unless, of course, Sproles does bite them, and they aren’t.

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24 Responses to “Saints G.M. hopes Sproles deal doesn’t come back to haunt him”
  1. skolisstupid says: Mar 24, 2014 4:00 PM

    Should have been traded to the vikings. They are the best. Ice fishing, mall of America, sub zero temperatures. Skol!!

  2. sb44champs says: Mar 24, 2014 4:02 PM

    He was a beast but Mighty Mouse’s best days are behind him for sure…. Still a good player and probably will continue to be for the next couple of years.

  3. sb44champs says: Mar 24, 2014 4:03 PM

    SKOL:
    Saints
    Killed
    Our
    Legacy

  4. trezzyt says: Mar 24, 2014 4:05 PM

    Sproles is one of the top X-factors in the nfl
    It Will come back to haunt You but saints still will
    Be good this year

  5. spicymudbugs says: Mar 24, 2014 4:07 PM

    They were going to cut him, instead they acquired a 5th rd draft pick. Cant be scared because he’s still in the NFC. I’d be more concerned with McCoy than Sproles if i was playing the Eagles

  6. thevikesarebest says: Mar 24, 2014 4:10 PM

    It’s ok,no deal is as bad as how bad we fleeced the shehawks giving them glassy harvin.the 2nd time we fleeced them that bad.you should’ve asked rick speilman for advice.the vikings know how to get it done.SKOL

  7. surfinbird1 says: Mar 24, 2014 4:11 PM

    That move was stooopid but all teams have made em.

  8. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 24, 2014 4:11 PM

    “High” likelihood sounds pretty severe. The risk and chance of the risk hurting you shouldn’t be high relative to your choice to make the trade. It should be at or below some kind of moderate breakeven point. They didn’t get high compensation, so how much is that risk worth and did they get enough. If that likelihood to get burned still seems high, then that suggests they didn’t get enough in the trade or should have not made that trade.

  9. kneelbeforesod says: Mar 24, 2014 4:12 PM

    Eagles lost their mobile QB and they’re about to lose D. Jackson.

    I’d say it’s a push.

  10. believeland2014 says: Mar 24, 2014 4:13 PM

    If the saints gm was smart he wouldve traded sproles to an afc team.

  11. craigkintexas says: Mar 24, 2014 4:17 PM

    If the opportunity arisesI hope Sproles eats them up!

  12. craniator says: Mar 24, 2014 4:17 PM

    I just hope the next time the Dolphins play against the Eagles , Sproles is nowhere to be found . . .

  13. fordmandalay says: Mar 24, 2014 4:18 PM

    It was one of the dumbest moves in recent history. Hoping it won’t come back to hurt you is doubling down on stupid.

  14. nawlinssaints1956 says: Mar 24, 2014 4:20 PM

    No, five turnovers and one misfired gunslinger moment from #4 killed the Purple’s legacy…

  15. mdd913 says: Mar 24, 2014 4:21 PM

    And how many players have the Saints let go during the Payton era that went somewhere and did well? They know when to get rid of players.

    Sedrick Ellis
    David Patten
    Robert Meachem
    Jeremy Shockey
    Charles Grant
    Donte Stallworth
    Tracy Porter
    Scott Fujita
    Mike Karney
    Aaron Stecker
    Joe Horn
    Carl Nicks
    Jeff Faine
    Usama Young
    Remi Adoyele
    Anthony Hargrove
    Mike McKenzie
    Darren Howard

    Comparatively the list of guys who have gone elsewhere and done well is pretty small. Reggie Bush and Jonathan Goodwin are the only ones I can think of. Clearly the Saints know what they’re doing when it comes to personnel.

  16. grimreaper12 says: Mar 24, 2014 4:28 PM

    Sproles is overrated. Good business for the Saints, trading him for a 5th. He’s replaceable. Too bad Drew Brees’s arm is shot.

  17. randomcommenter says: Mar 24, 2014 4:36 PM

    They should have got rid of Ingram. He’s not as good as Pierre Thomas or even Cadet.

    Sproles is a great receiver and the Saints will miss him.

    Rivers fell apart without Sproles. Brees won’t fall apart but he’ll be wishing he had Sproles when he gets sacked on a 3rd down because his new 3rd down back couldn’t read the blitz and get open quickly.

  18. seatownballers says: Mar 24, 2014 4:37 PM

    Vikings with Harvin in 2012= 10-6

    Vikings without Harvin in 2013=5-10-1

    Seahawks with Harvin in super bowl= 1-0

  19. pantherfan40 says: Mar 24, 2014 5:01 PM

    Do you even lift?

  20. huskerkid93 says: Mar 24, 2014 5:53 PM

    Don’t forget they traded Chris Ivory last year for a fourth round pick. Only to run for 140 yards and a touchdown in a beat down of the Saints.

  21. silentcount says: Mar 24, 2014 9:07 PM

    Double the rooster size and salary cap and we can keep them all until they retire.

  22. skippynj says: Mar 25, 2014 10:02 AM

    He’ll be in shape for the first half of the season and then his production will decline precipitously. He’s nearly done and the Saints got what they could for him.

  23. kimbo71006 says: Mar 26, 2014 12:06 AM

    Its a risk you take. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose but you have to think about what’s best for the team as a whole and not just one person. Sproles didn’t play much last year and seemed to have lost some of his mojo in the last couple of years.

    Maybe a change of scenery will help out Sproles and bring him back up to where he was. Saints will do just as well without him, they have lots of great talent.

    But we will miss seeing him in a Saints uniform. Guess I’ll have to watch the Eagles and Steelers so I can still see Sproles and Lance.

    Best of luck to the both of them…they’ll always be “Saints” to me!

  24. kimbo71006 says: Mar 26, 2014 12:08 AM

    Don’t forget they traded Chris Ivory last year for a fourth round pick. Only to run for 140 yards and a touchdown in a beat down of the Saints.

    —————————————————–

    And it might have been that Chris Ivory just needed a change of scenery. He wasn’t playing like that for us when we traded him, now was he?

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