The New Orleans Saints are looking to cut some of their older players to make some cap space to re-build their team around Drew Brees for another run at a Super Bowl. Lance Moore is gone, and it appears that the Saints will also be releasing veteran running back Darren Sproles. Sproles has been a very valuable piece over the last few years with the Saints, but was unable to make much of a difference last season.
The #Saints are cutting RB Darren Sproles, per source.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 7, 2014
While Sproles is likely to receive quite a bit of interest on the open free agent market, the Saints simply couldn’t wait any longer for him. He isn’t a threat in the rushing attack, and quite frankly wasn’t very effective as a receiver out of the backfield last year either. Sproles is seeing his speed and quickness falling away from him as age continues to catch up.
Sproles played in 15 games last season with the Saints, carrying the football 53 times for 220 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 71 catches for 604 yards and two touchdowns. Obviously he is a very dangerous receiver at the running back position, but he wasn’t able to make as many plays in the open field last season as he has in recent years. It will be interesting to see what teams step up and begin showing interest in signing him once free agency opens up.
Overall, the Saints are making the right move by releasing Sproles. They will be saving $3.5 million in cap space, which will be used to bring in younger, talented players to build around Drew Brees and the current core. New Orleans has quite a few holes, and everything that they can clear in cap space is going to be a big help for them.