Re: Saints releasing Darren Sproles!!!
posted at 3/8/2014 5:55 PM EST
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
In response to TrueChamp's comment:
Woah, woah, woah
Now all of a sudden Darren Sproles is a bad player? Yes he just turned 30, but lets take a look at the amazing run this guy has had for the Saints. He has caught an unbelievable 76% of his targets in 3 years 2nd only to Jimmy Graham. He averages 75 receptions a season and another 50 carries. He just had the 2nd longest play of his career last season.
Saying he played only 40% of the snaps is a BS statistic as every other pass catching running back plays less snaps then that. Most play 20% but Sproles was actually the Saints LEAD Back in terms of playing time. He was an integral part of the Saints prolific offense and they do not have his replacement on the roster. 3.5 million??? UM.....
Sproles, Lance Moore, W Smith, R Harper, Jabari Greer, Jonathen Vilma all forced to be cut as the Saints were 15 million over the cap but oh no big deal???
I know each of us feel the need to blindly defend our positions no matter what the cost but can I get a moment of acknowledgment from Patirot fans that the Saints are in a terrible financial situation this year?
16 86 111 710 8.3 39 7 35 0 0 2012
13 75 104 667 8.9 44 7 29 0 0 2013
15 71 89 604 8.5 48 2 24 0 0
Like every team in the NFL, they'll get below the cap. They have to. Then we just have to compare their roster to other rosters. Having to cut guys isn't necessarily a disaster if the guys you end up with are still good. And not having to cut guys isn't necessarily a good thing if the guys you are keeping on your roster aren't that good.
Every team will be back below the cap on March 11. Some will have more guys or better guys signed than others. And some will have more cap room to acquire additional guys than others. But all that matters is the talent each team has on its 53-man roster when they play the real games this coming fall. How they get there isn't that big a deal.
Of course. Every team will get below the cap. The system is designed that way. Yet when teams like the Saints and the Cowboys go 11-5 and 8-8, are 1 and done and missing the playoffs, then are almost 20 million over the budget, they are in a worst situation then teams that make the playoffs, go deep in the playoffs, and have an ample amount of money to sign more impact players....without cutting their big name and big money players. Yes the Saints players cut were nearing the end of the road but they just cut 6 starters or situational starers. This isn't like cutting Soap this year.
Whatever you want to call it cap hell or poorly managed, it is way below an ideal situation to be in. Anybody think the saints are going heavy in free agency this year? Nope. Cowboys? Nope. Steelers? Nope. Do they all need to? Yep, can they ? Nope.