NFL News: C.J. Spiller Shocked That New Orleans Saints Cut Him
C.J. Spiller, the seventh year running back, was taken aback on Tuesday when the New Orleans Saints decided to cut him from the roster this early into the new season.Advertisement
Spiller signed a four-year, $16 million contract last summer. But it seems like the Saints front office was willing to shell out $9 million of that guaranteed sum for just a total of 13 games played.
Spiller told ESPN that the roster cut came as a shock to him.
“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,” said Spiller, who was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2009.
Spiller said that he still respects the Saints organization for giving him an opportunity.
“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.”
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Miller was inactive during the Saints’ season-opener against the Oakland Raiders. He was supposed to back-up starter Mark Ingram Jr. Tim Hightower and Marcus Murphy are the other reserve running backs on the roster.
Did the Saints make a poor call by letting Spiller walk?
New Orleans beat writer Larry Holder reckons that the Saints were eating into their future projected salary cap room by letting go off Spiller, a player with trade value.
“They (Saints) had to wait for the cap space to do it. The cap space came when Drew Brees signed his one-year extension. New Orleans can absorb the $4.5 million cap hit for 2016 and a $2.5 million cap hit for 2017.
“This allowed the Saints to admit another uncomfortable truth about another free-agent screw up from last offseason. Time to throw Spiller right in there with Brandon Browner. Decent money. No return.”
The writer concluded that the Saints have admitted they made a mistake last offseason but could have tried to trade Spiller instead.
“Cutting Spiller at any point this offseason would have been admitting failure by the Saints. So just add another black eye to Mickey Loomis, Payton and the rest of the personnel decision makers for yet another blunder.”
Many analysts believe that C.J. Spiller still has a future in the league and could possibly be a No.1 reserve running back or even a starting-caliber RB for several teams. It wouldn’t be shocking to see Spiller sign with a contender within the next few weeks.