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Saints News, 3/11/14: Saints Still Looking To Trade Darren Sproles?

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As Mike Triplett of ESPN points out, the Saints have not yet officially released RB Darren Sproles, although that may change in the near future. Apparently they're still waiting to see if they can trade him before releasing him. Technically, the Saints don't have to make a move before the start of the new league year Tuesday afternoon since they're already under the salary cap. So Triplett's not sure what their unofficial deadline is for making a final decision. The Saints are an estimated $2.6 million under the salary cap, according to ESPN's latest figures. Releasing or trading Sproles would put them more than $6 million under the cap.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder">@LarryHolder</a> Not sure he&#39;s affordable. Dallas couldn&#39;t keep him bc he cost too much. not sure Saints have space cap-wise.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/443484732165079041">March 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Panthers&amp;src=hash">#Panthers</a> WR Steve Smith is not being released today, per source.</p>&mdash; Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) <a href="https://twitter.com/RapSheet/statuses/443481649712332800">March 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Steelers officially have released linebacker LaMarr Woodley.</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/statuses/443482947455184896">March 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bucs remain very active, LB Dane Fletcher will start his visit with them tonight</p>&mdash; Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/statuses/443484268720033793">March 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Possible impediment to Jared Allen to Broncos? Allen may want too much money, per league source. And he currently has no other suitors.</p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/443484501616754688">March 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>RT <a href="https://twitter.com/RapSheet">@RapSheet</a>: Tyson Jackson has agreed to a deal with the Atlanta <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Falcons&amp;src=hash">#Falcons</a>, per source. They continue to get tougher.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/443486570666942464">March 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Dexter McCluster lands three-year deal with Titans <a href="http://t.co/hpDde1Uqh3">http://t.co/hpDde1Uqh3</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/443481620327460864">March 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Unfortunately performance doesn&#39;t always = pay in the NFL <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23freeagency&amp;src=hash">#freeagency</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23somegood&amp;src=hash">#somegood</a> signings <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23lottahorribleones&amp;src=hash">#lottahorribleones</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23theNATIONALpotentialLEAGUE&amp;src=hash">#theNATIONALpotentialLEAGUE</a></p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/statuses/443481367792201728">March 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bummer. Would&#39;ve been intrigued to see him with <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> MT <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter">@AdamSchefter</a>: Dexter McCluster reached agreement w Titans, per ESPN lg sources.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/443479125958098944">March 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Breaking Bad fans - stay tuned! RT <a href="https://twitter.com/RjMitte">@RjMitte</a> Interviewing with <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a> radio and news today... Who Dat!</p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/443478863474327553">March 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Seahawks free-agent CB Walter Thurmond is visiting the Jaguars in next 24 hours, per sources.</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/statuses/443478801704828928">March 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>No Sproles replacement MT <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter">@AdamSchefter</a>: Former Chiefs WR/KR Dexter McCluster reached agreement on a 3-yr deal with the Titans.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/443478671274156032">March 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Boy cats out here getting paid lol</p>&mdash; rafael bush (@rbush36) <a href="https://twitter.com/rbush36/statuses/443478571345260546">March 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>About $2.6 mil -- $6.1 after Sproles released or traded RT <a href="https://twitter.com/sebidanny">@sebidanny</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett">@MikeTriplett</a> btw, how much are we under the cap now?</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/443476952608153601">March 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Thousands of <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> fans: Why haven&#39;t we signed anybody yet?!</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/443476871876198401">March 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The free agent frenzy starts NOW.&#10;&#10;HAPPY NFL NEW YEAR! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NFLFreeAgency&amp;src=hash">#NFLFreeAgency</a> <a href="http://t.co/FjhJRU9SJV">pic.twitter.com/FjhJRU9SJV</a></p>&mdash; NFL (@nfl) <a href="https://twitter.com/nfl/statuses/443476571106844672">March 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Great <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23houseofcards&amp;src=hash">#houseofcards</a> reference by <a href="https://twitter.com/FletcherMackel">@FletcherMackel</a> on <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> recent moves: &quot;Ruthless pragmatism&quot;</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/443476665831006208">March 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Free agency officially kicks off now. ICYMI, my column on why <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> haven&#39;t become a salary-cap casualty <a href="http://t.co/XpOsu03XVB">http://t.co/XpOsu03XVB</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/443476461534470145">March 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Straight up!RT <a href="https://twitter.com/DamianDevon">@DamianDevon</a> A boy does what he wants to do, a man does what he needs to do <a href="https://twitter.com/CurtisLofton50">@CurtisLofton50</a></p>&mdash; Curtis Lofton (@CurtisLofton50) <a href="https://twitter.com/CurtisLofton50/statuses/443472980530565120">March 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Falcons&amp;src=hash">#Falcons</a> agreed to terms with C Joe Hawley on a two-year deal.</p>&mdash; Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) <a href="https://twitter.com/caplannfl/statuses/443470207064215552">March 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>5 more LBS to Lose And I&#39;m @ <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23FINALFORM&amp;src=hash">#FINALFORM</a> <a href="http://t.co/Q2xPAYWAlw">pic.twitter.com/Q2xPAYWAlw</a></p>&mdash; SACKMAN (@JuniorG93) <a href="https://twitter.com/JuniorG93/statuses/443469071758016512">March 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/JeremyRichard91">@JeremyRichard91</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/JuniorG93">@JuniorG93</a> keeping the background like this till next season starts <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23FearTheBeard&amp;src=hash">#FearTheBeard</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23whodat&amp;src=hash">#whodat</a> <a href="http://t.co/n1QvRQUK0T">pic.twitter.com/n1QvRQUK0T</a>"<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SWEEET&amp;src=hash">#SWEEET</a></p>&mdash; SACKMAN (@JuniorG93) <a href="https://twitter.com/JuniorG93/statuses/443466940988661761">March 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I feel he&#39;s most likely among DLP, Jenkins to stay RT <a href="https://twitter.com/bsg103079">@bsg103079</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder">@LarryHolder</a> No way Saints retain Strief, some team will over pay</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/443462404957958144">March 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>&quot;Just talk&quot; surrounding <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> tackle Zach Strief right now, source says. Other teams, along with Saints interested in Strief. No surprise.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/443459930138226688">March 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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