"I think we expected Spiller to be somewhere else with a higher number. But it all worked out," Payton told The Advocate.
Spiller joined the Saints on a four-year, $16 million deal.
“His cutup is unbelievable,” Payton said of Spiller. ”And I’m not talking about last season because I think it became challenging, but you go back a couple of years and start looking at his screen reel, a sweep reel, a return reel.
“So when you watch his film you think of a lot of things he can do. He’s physical, he’s the most explosive player on the field a lot of times when you’re watching him. … So he’s an exciting player that clearly heading into free agency there wasn’t any thought about and then after that first rush there was some interest and I think to his agent’s credit they looked at it from a how he was going to be used standpoint, the system, the offense and wanting to be a part of it and we feel the same way.”
Ingram set career highs in 2014 with 964 rushing yards and nine touchdowns despite missing three games with injuries.
"I’m excited to continue my career in Black and Gold," Ingram said. "I’d like to thank my family, the Saints organization and my teammates. I’m glad that now we can turn our attention back to football and working hard to get better as a team with the ultimate goal of winning a championship."
After being selected in the first round of the 2011 draft, Ingram has appeared in 50 games with the Saints during his four-year career. He rushed for 964 yards on 226 carries with nine touchdowns in 2014, adding 145 yards on 29 receptions.
Ingram had career highs in rushing yards with 964 and rushing touchdowns with nine in 2014. The fifth-year running back was set to hit the free agent market in two days if the two sides were not able to get a deal done.
Thomas missed five games last season due to foot and rib injuries. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry in eight years with the Saints, catching 327 passes and scoring 40 total touchdowns.
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|2012||New Orleans Saints||16||5||156||602||3.9||31||5||4||28|
|2013||New Orleans Saints||11||3||78||386||4.9||34||1||3||18|
|2014||New Orleans Saints||13||9||226||964||4.3||31||9||5||47|
|2011||New Orleans Saints||10||4||11||46||4.2||9||0||0||0||3|
|2012||New Orleans Saints||16||5||6||29||4.8||16||0||0||0||2|
|2013||New Orleans Saints||11||3||7||68||9.7||23||0||1||0||2|
|2014||New Orleans Saints||13||9||29||145||5.0||14||0||0||0||5|
|2011||New Orleans Saints||10||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||New Orleans Saints||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||New Orleans Saints||11||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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