Saints sign RB Pierre Thomas to 2-year extension; RB Darren Sproles wants to be cut


Saints sign RB Pierre Thomas to 2-year extension; RB Darren Sproles wants to be cut

These two stories are not directly related, although my title makes it look like that a bit.
First, the Saints have signed running back Pierre Thomas @Pierre_Thomas to a contract extension through the 2016 season. He averaged just 3.7 yards per carry in 2013, but did lead all running backs with 77 receptions.
Second, Darren Sproles @DarrenSproles was to be released. He said so to ESPN's Josina Anderson.
"I want to get released," Sproles said. "I don't want to be traded. I don't know where they would send me because I have no control over it and I want to be able to pick. The good thing is none of the teams I'm told they're talking to are terrible. It's more than two. I feel I should have more of an idea later on today."
This follows a report from Tuesday that the Saints were looking to trade Sproles "due to heavy interest" in the 30-year-old back. It had been previously reported that the Saints were actually going to cut Sproles.

Fantasy Analysis:

One way or another, I think Sproles will be headed out of town soon. How it's playing out is just messy.
Speaking of messy, the Saints' running game is a mystery to me right now. Thomas should be involved more as a receiver than a runner. I think his PPR value is just fine, maybe even better once Sproles leaves. That's the only aspect of this running attack I feel confident in forecasting right now. I think Mark Ingram @MarkIngram22 will end up handling a lot of the early down work on running plays, but we shouldn't forget about Khiry Robinson @_numberthreeRB and Travaris Cadet @TravarisCadet39. Those three could all be boom-or-bust candidates. Robinson has more potential than Ingram mostly because we haven't seen as much of him -- and what we have seen has been pretty good -- but that doesn't mean he'll be especially better than the Alabama product.

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