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Darren Sproles "wants to get released."

"I don't know where they would send me because I have no control over it, and I want to be able to pick," Sproles said. "I feel I should have more of an idea later on today." Sproles found out he was back on the trade block on Twitter. Apparently told of his impending release, he said goodbye to Saints fans on Twitter last Friday. New Orleans' handling of the situation has been clumsy, to put it mildly.

Darren Sproles RB PHI 5 Months

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Saints are no longer planning to release Darren Sproles, and now plan to trade him "due to heavy interest."

Very well then. We had yet to mark Sproles as a free agent for bookkeeping purposes, but he seemed as good as gone from New Orleans. There wouldn't seem to be much trade interest in a 31-year-old gadget running back, but in a world where Blaine Gabbert fetches a sixth-rounder, anything is possible. Sproles' $3.4 million salary is relatively modest. He'd improve a lot of backfields.

Darren Sproles RB PHI 5 Months

According to NFL Network, the Vikings are a possible landing spot for Darren Sproles.

Sproles hasn't officially been cut by the Saints yet as they try to trade him. But if that doesn't work, we can easily connect the dots to Minnesota. New Vikings OC Norv Turner coached Sproles in San Diego from 2007-10 and Adrian Peterson has never excelled in the pass game.

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Saints released RB Darren Sproles.

Darren Sproles RB PHI 5 Months

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Saints "could be open" to trading Darren Sproles.

Per Schefter, the cap-strapped Saints are actively shopping Pierre Thomas and Lance Moore, and could soon do the same with Sproles. Three months shy of his 31st birthday, Sproles is coming off an up-and-down year, and set to earn $3.5 million between salary and bonuses. 2014 is the final season of his four-year deal.

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ESPN Saints blogger Mike Triplett believes Darren Sproles' roster spot is safe for 2014.

Sproles is coming off a disappointing season, will turn 31 in June, and earns the most money in the New Orleans backfield. The Saints are in penny-pinching mode and need to shed some salary. They could save $3.5 million against the cap by releasing Sproles. However, Triplett thinks it's more likely Pierre Thomas gets the boot than Sproles. Thomas was the far better player in 2013.

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Darren Sproles rushed three times for two yards in New Orleans' Divisional Round loss to the Seahawks, adding five catches for 32 yards.

With the Seahawks keyed in on the Saints' screens, Sproles never popped a big play. It was a fitting capper to an up-and-down season for Sproles. A non-factor as a rusher (53 attempts for 220 yards), both Sproles' 71 catches and 604 receiving yards were down on his 2012 numbers even though he appeared in two more games (15-13) this season. Pierre Thomas was Drew Brees' preferred target out of the backfield for much of the second half. Going on 31, Sproles is due $3.4 million in the final year of his contract in 2014. He'll undoubtedly be back in New Orleans, but is no longer a shoo-in RB1/2 in PPR leagues.

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Darren Sproles rushed four times for 29 yards and caught four passes for 31 yards in Saturday's Wild Card win at Philadelphia.

Sproles was expected to see a major boost in usage with Pierre Thomas (chest) sidelined, but the Saints didn't see it like that. They instead rode the power game of Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson as those two combined to rush 26 times for 145 yards with one touchdown. Sproles did make a season-changing play for his team with a 39-yard kickoff return plus 15-yard horse collar penalty that set up Shayne Graham's game-winning field goal. The Saints advance to play at Seattle next week, a spot Sproles was held to 10 touches for 43 yards in Week 13.

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Darren Sproles caught two passes for 30 yards in Week 17 against the Bucs.

Sproles rushed three times for minus-one yard. It was a largely disappointing season for Sproles, a running back fantasy owners in PPR leagues likely took in the second or third round of drafts. Pierre Thomas was simply better in the role. Sproles totaled 824 yards and four touchdowns on 124 touches. He should see his regular 5-8 touches next weekend when the Saints take on the NFC East winner in the playoffs.

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Darren Sproles rushed for 24 yards on seven carries and caught eight passes for 38 yards in Week 15 at St. Louis.

Sproles and Pierre Thomas each handled 15 touches and combined for 15 receptions on 18 targets. The Saints were hammering the Rams with screens and dump-off passes. Even Mark Ingram contributed 39 yards receiving. Sproles hasn't been as reliable this season. He'll be nothing more than a flex option against the Panthers next week.