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Saints to release Darren Sproles, terminate contract of Lance Moore

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The New Orleans Saints are making some huge moves, and not all of them are favorable with the fans in the Who Dat Nation. On Friday, March 7, 2014, ESPN reported that the Saints released wide receiver Lance Moore, and that was rather expected. The more surprising move is that NFL.com revealed the Saints are also releasing running back Darren Sproles.

An insider with knowledge of the Saints' plans, says that Sproles will be released by the team since no other teams appeared interested in a trade.

Releasing Sproles will save the team about $3.5 million in cap space, but it comes as quite a shock to everyone.

In 2013, Sproles touched the ball 165 times, and has been one of the most consistent players in the NFL, as far as overall production goes.

Moore's release was rather expected as he was due $3.8 million in salary for 2014, and that includes a $500,000 bonus this month. His release will save the Saints at least $2.5 million against the salary cap for the upcoming season.

Early on Friday, Moore got on Twitter and posted:

"Thank you New Orleans for an amazing nine years. Who Dat Nation, the best on earth!!!"

Lance Moore has battled injuries over the past few years and has seen his production on the field go up and down. He has never been truly consistent, but always provided a big spark to the team. New Orleans found him expendable with the emergence of Kenny Stills.

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