Mar 7, 2014 8:47 PM by Dave Fields
As first reported by the NFL Network, Darren Sproles is a Saint no longer.
Fresh off the news that the Saints are releasing Lance Moore, the Saints apparently are parting ways with running back Darren Sproles. He thanked his fans via Twitter Friday night.
"Thank you New Orleans for your support over the past 3 years! I will always be forever grateful. #WhoDat," Sproles told Saints fans online.
Sproles, 30, would have earned about $4.3 million in what would have been the final year of his contract. The transaction clears a maximum of $3.5 million in salary cap space for the organization.
It had been rumored during the last 24 hours that Sproles, Moore, and Pierre Thomas were on the trading block for the New Orleans Saints. However, as Friday wore on, it became apparent that the Saints were releasing both Moore and Sproles.
Moore had tweeted his gratitude and goodbyes about 7a.m. and Sproles did likewise this afternoon.
The two transactions of Moore and Sproles would save the Saints a reported $6 million combined on the team's 2014 salary cap.
Sproles and Moore follow a throng of recent releases by the New Orleans Saints. During the month of February, the Saints also let go of several long-time veterans from the 2009 Super Bowl season, waiving safety Roman Harper, defensive end Will Smith and cornerback Jabari Greer. The Saints also declined to resign linebacker Jonathan Vilma.
A former San Diego teammate with Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Sproles was wooed by Brees to sign with the Saints in 2011. The nine-year veteran replaced former Saints running back Reggie Bush, who had been sent packing to the Miami Dolphins. Sproles quickly proved to be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses, supplanting Bush's role on special teams and in the backfield.
Hailed as perhaps the best free-agent signing in the NFL in 2011, Sproles multi-purpose yardage helped to propel the Saints to a 13-3 record in 2011. Although Sproles numbers declined significantly in 2013, Sproles finishes his tenure with the Saints with a 5.7 average rushing yards per carry, 22 all-purpose touchdowns, 26.1 yards per kickoff return, and 8.3 yards per punt return.
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