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Report: Saints to release RB Sproles

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Darren Sproles is about hit the free agent market. (USATSI)
Darren Sproles is about hit the free agent market. (USATSI)

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It looks like Darren Sproles has gone from the trading block to the chopping block. The New Orleans Saints are going to release the 30-year-old running back if they can't find a trading partner soon, according to NFL.com.

New Orleans hasn't made the move official yet, but Sproles did send out a tweet on Friday night thanking Saints fans.

The Saints cut veteran wide receiver Lance Moore earlier on Friday, but before cutting Sproles, the team reportedly wanted to see if they could get anything in return for him. With Sproles and Moore both gone now, the Saints will have to find a way to fill the production of their fourth and sixth leading receivers.

Sproles caught 71 passes for 604 yards in 2013, his 71 receptions was the fourth-most by any running back in the NFL last year. The dual-threat back also ran for 220 yards in 2013, which was the fourth-highest total for any player in New Orleans last season.

Cutting Sproles will save the Saints $3.5 million in cap space. The running back was headed into the final season of a four-year, $14 million deal he signed with the Saints in 2011.

New Orleans could also end up dumping Pierre Thomas, who was the team's leading rusher last season with 549 yards. Thomas' 77 catches in 2013 led all NFL running backs. With Sproles out and Thomas possibly gone too, that should mean a lot more touches for Khiry Robinson in 2014.

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