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Spiller surprised by release, says he still can play

New York Giants v New Orleans Saints

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 01: C.J. Spiller #28 of the New Orleans Saints is tackled by Kerry Wynn #72 of the New York Giants during their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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Running back C.J. Spiller, released Tuesday by the Saints, told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he was surprised by the move but leaves “on good terms” with the Saints.

Spiller played in 13 games last year after signing a four-year, $16 million deal with the Saints -- and actually made $9 million for those 13 games.

He was released two days after being a healthy scratch for the season opener.

“This organization really believed in me during free agency,” Spiller told Anderson. “They gave me another opportunity when my contract was up in Buffalo. I have nothing but good relationships that I have built here. It’s a first class organization that gives the players everything they need to be successful. So, I definitely don’t have any hard feelings.

“Now, I’m just going to wait for the next right opportunity. I still have a lot of football left in me. I’m pretty sure in the ext day or so, me and my agent will start getting in to it.”

Spiller is a vested veteran so he became a free agent Tuesday and is not subject to the NFL’s waiver system.