Jan 11, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles (43) runs the football against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Saints Release RB Darren Sproles

Surprisingly, the Saints have released dynamic running back and return man Darren Sproles.  It saves the cap-strapped team 3.5 million against the salary cap.  This news came from NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport from Twitter.

Jan 4, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles (43) carries the ball during the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lincoln Financial Field. The Saints defeated the Eagles 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

This is news because the Vikings are most likely looking for a pass catching back to give Adrian Peterson a break on occasion.  Sproles would be a logical man for the job since he has previous experience with current Minnesota offensive coordintor Norv Turner during their days in San Diego.

A team may be willing to pay more for Sproles than the Vikings since they could likely utilize his ability as a return man.   Minnesota has those positions on lockdown with both Cordarrelle Patterson and Marcus Sherels handling those duties.

It is still a situation to watch as it develops.

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