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New Orleans Saints cut Darren Sproles and Jimmy Graham's not happy about it

One of the players who made the Saints' offense special the past few years was running back Darren Sproles, but he won't be returning to New Orleans.

Sproles was let go by the Saints, part of the team's housecleaning to get out of a salary cap mess.

Another player who has made New Orleans' offense great, tight end Jimmy Graham, tweeted shortly after that news broke, and he wasn't pleased.

Of course, Graham has a few things he could have been disappointed with. The team also let go of receiver Lance Moore on Friday. They're reportedly shopping running back Pierre Thomas. And Graham isn't too happy with being slapped with the franchise tag, or the fight over whether he should be considered a tight end or receiver as New Orleans' franchise player. He stands to lose about $5 million by being tagged as a tight end instead of a receiver. 

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The Saints had to make a lot of moves because they were well over the salary cap. Sproles' release saves the Saints about $3.5 million on the salary cap, and cutting Moore and Sproles will save at least $6 million, the New Orleans Times-Picayune said. Sproles, whose stunning quickness was a great asset out of the backfield for the Saints, was less upset than Graham, at least publicly.


Graham is correct, however, in that it has been a tough offseason in New Orleans. The Saints previously let safety Roman Harper, end Will Smith, cornerback Jabari Greer go and said they won't re-sign linebacker Jonathan Vilma.

The ironic thing about Graham's dissatisfaction is the Saints had to make at least some of those cuts to give him the $7 million he's set to make as a franchise-tagged tight end.

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