by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12:26 pm ET) The Saints are set to cut Darren Sproles if they can't trade him Tuesday, reports NFL Network, and more than 10 teams are interested in the pass-catching running back. Sproles, 30, caught at least 71 passes each of the past three seasons.
Vikings in play for Darren Sproles?
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (11:20 am ET) The Saints still haven't officially cut running back Darren Sproles and are trying to trade him first, reports NFL Network. Assuming Sproles is released, the Vikings could sign him and reunite Sproles with offensive coordinator Norv Turner, the report said.
Sproles excelled playing for Turner in San Diego. In Minnesota, Sproles would provide a nice complement to Adrian Peterson.
Darren Sproles on the brink of being cut by Saints?
The move could be the first of many for the Saints, which have been rumored to be on the verge of rebuilding their running back core. Sproles was expected to see $3.5 million in 2014. He had 124 touches for 824 yards and four touchdowns.
Thomas had 224 touches last year for the Saints, totaling 1,062 yards and five touchdowns while Sproles had 124 touches for 824 yards and four touchdowns. Thomas is set to make over $2.5 million in 2014 while Sproles is due over $3 million.
Report: Darren Sproles' roster spot looks safe
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (1/28/14) Saints running back Darren Sproles will turn 31 in June and is coming off a disappointing season in which he had 824 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns. But his roster spot appears safe "because he causes such unique matchup problems as a receiver out of the backfield," reports ESPN.com.
Sproles is signed for 2014 at $3.5 million. The website consider running back Pierre Thomas, who's signed for 2014 at $2.9 million, at greater risk of being cut.
If you draft Darren Sproles in 2013, you're banking on him coming through as a pass catcher rather than as a rusher. Sproles' run duties did little to supplement what he did as a receiver, which was actually slightly better on a per-game basis than what he did in 2011. His catches per game went up from 5.4 to 5.8, his receiving average jumped from 8.3 yards to 8.9 yards per catch and his receiving touchdowns stayed at seven. But his rush game, despite a nifty 5.1 yard average, practically disappeared. He had all of 48 carries thanks to four games of no handoffs and seven with five or fewer. That makes Sproles a risk as a top-20 running back but not quite as a low-end No. 2 option in a standard league. Obviously, the receptions he's expected to handle push him up in PPR formats to a very solid No. 2 option. He's worth a late fourth-round pick in standard leagues and a third-round pick in PPR formats this summer. (Updated 4/26/13)