The New Orleans Saints haven't made the best of starts to the 2016 NFL season, losing their opening game to the Oakland Raiders thanks to a two-point conversion in the dying moments of the clash.
In a game that devolved into basically a shootout between Drew Brees and Derek Carr, the Saints basically ignored their running game.
It seems that New Orleans have taken that distaste for their running game one step further today, as it was revealed that the NOLA-based franchise had decided to part ways with running back CJ Spiller.
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NFL insider Rand Getlin tweeted out the original news last night, saying that the Saints had made the decision to part ways with the former Clemson star.
Speaking with Josina Anderson of ESPN after being cut, Spiller sounded like he was really shocked by his sudden release and had no inkling that it was coming.
“I definitely didn’t see it coming. I was going about my regular Tuesday recovery day when everything happened,” Spiller told Anderson.
Spiller has struggled with injuries in the past few years but had just made his way back to full fitness when Sean Payton and co. decided to let him go. It seems like the Saints were finally fed up of not getting value for money.
Spiller was a high school and college star, being recruited by Clemson as the best running back in the nation in 2006. At Clemson, he won the 2009 ACC Player of the Year and finished his college career with 3,547 yards and 32 touchdowns, as well as having his number retired by the school.
After clearing waivers, the former ninth overall pick is expected to be snapped up straight away by another team.