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Saints Release Veteran RB C.J. Spiller

Update:

Former Saints RB C.J. Spiller tells Josina Anderson of ESPN that he didn’t see his release coming. Even so, Spiller had nothing but good things to say about the Saints.

“I definitely didn’t see it coming,” Spiller said. “I was going about my regular Tuesday recovery day when everything happened. It’s the first week, but I guess that’s why you have to expect the unexpected. But you know what, I leave on good terms. This organization really believed in me during free agency. They gave me another opportunity when my contract was up in Buffalo. I have nothing but good relationships that I have built here. It’s a first class organization that gives the players everything they need to be successful. So, I definitely don’t have any hard feelings. Now, I’m just going to wait for the next right opportunity. I still have a lot of football left in me. I’m pretty sure in the next day or so, me and my agent will start getting into it.”

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Rand Getlin of NFL Media reports that the Saints have released veteran RB C.J. Spiller on Tuesday.

Spiller wound up being a healthy inactive this past weekend, so it was clear that he wasn’t a big part of their offense moving forward. Ever since the Saints signed him to a contract a few years ago, Spiller struggled to be a good fit in New Orleans for a few reasons.

Spiller, 29, was in the second year of his four-year, $16 million contract that included $9 million guaranteed and set to make a base salary of $1.7 million for the 2016 season.

According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Spiller won’t free up any cap space and create $4.5 million in dead money for the Saints.

In 2015, Spiller appeared in 13 games for the Saints and ran for 112 yards on 36 carries (3.1 YPC) to go along with 34 receptions for 239 yards receiving and two touchdowns.