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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Saints' Darren Sproles wants to be released not traded

By on 3/13/2014 08:00:00 AM

More free agency drama anyone? For today's fix we go to the deep south where running back Darren Sproles has indicated he would rather be released than traded by the Saints writes Mike Triplett of

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Sproles told ESPN's Josina Anderson Wednesday,
I want to get released. I don't want to be traded. I don't know where they would send me because I have no control over it, and I want to be able to pick.

The RB was expected to be released by New Orleans; however, that planned changed when several organizations showed interest when the Saints shopped him around. Sproles suffered a concussion in last season's Week 9 game against the New York Jets. He was initially announced as questionable to return but later downgraded to being out for the remainder of that game.

Sproles' wife expressed her displeasure at how the franchise was treating her husband. She posts on Instagram,

I am so disappointed in the Saints organization & the way they are treating my husband. I understand this is a brutal business but when u have a good guy who works hard & does a lot for the community u would think they would show a little more respect.

Both Sproles and fellow veteran running back Pierre Thomas were presented on the trade market. The Saints' decided to keep Thomas re-signing him to a two-year extension on Wednesday. The 30-year old may have fallen victim to the emergence of new younger running backs Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson. More realistically he is just one of the organization's cap casualties.

Players sustaining concussions must be cleared by a series of tests per the league's protocol. Sproles was subsequently deemed healthy and returned to play last year. Sproles has been a massive part of the Saint's offense over the past three seasons. He posts a total of 1,067 rushing yards, 1,981 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns. He set an NFL single-season record for all-purpose yards with 2,696 in 2011.


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