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Report: Saints “shopping” Pierre Thomas, Lance Moore; Could trade Sproles

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The name of the game in today’s NFL is, money. The name of the game in the NFL off-season is about saving money, and that means likely cutting veteran names. We’ve seen the cut of Champ Bailey, and the non-return of Devin Hester, as well as many others already this off-season, now it’s time to get in on the Saints. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the New Orleans Saints are reportedly “shopping” running back Pierre Thomas and wide receiver Lance Moore, and are open to the possibility of trading running back Darren Sproles.

While there has never been a clear cut primary option at running back for the Saints, Thomas turned in a productive season with 549 yards rushing, and 77 receptions. The team would save about $2.9 million if they traded Thomas, and could save around $2.5 million if they move Moore, who struggled with injuries and lack of production last season. There is no word from the team about their thoughts in a Sproles transaction, but if they were to find a suitor for him, it would clear the $3.5 million he’s due next season. It’s likely a domino effect for any of these three players and their next move, but clearly the Saints want to free up money, whether it’s to pay Jimmy Graham or sign others.

If any of the running backs are moved this off-season looking for much more workloads from not only Mark Ingram, but Khiry Robinson who played very well at the later stages of the 2013 season.

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