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Report: Saints releasing Darren Sproles

Darren Sproles, Mike Adams

New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles (43) runs for a touchdown past Denver Broncos strong safety Mike Adams (20) in the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Denver.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


The Saints are reportedly releasing one of their key running backs.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Saints are cutting Darren Sproles, the 30-year-old pass-catching back who’s spent the last three seasons with New Orleans.

However, a league source tells PFT’s Mike Florio that New Orleans has yet to release Sproles and that efforts to trade him continue. However, Sproles will be released if he cannot be dealt.

Sproles hauled in 71 passes for 604 yards and two TDs in 2013. He also rushed for 220 yards and two scores on 53 carries.

The apparent impending departure of Sproles is the latest move by the Saints to retool a skilled-but-aging roster. Moreover, a trade or release of Sproles would save the Saints quite a bit of money; Sproles is due $3.4 million in salary and a $100,000 workout bonus, per salary data.