In all my years of following the Saints, this might be the toughest off season I’ve ever seen. It’s been hard to watch some of my favorite players get released but at the end of the day it’s life in the NFL. I wasn’t surprised when the word came down that they had released Smith, Greer and Vilma, but long time NFL fans new that it wouldn’t end there.
Darren Sproles and Lance Moore became the latest victims this week. Whenever Sproles was on the field all eyes were on a player that at any time could break the game loose with his speed and quickness. Lance Moore was one of those players whose work ethic and personality made him a fan favorite.
Decisions like these have to be made and they are never easy. The decision to let these guys go must have been agonizing for Loomis and company who brought both of the players to the Saints. Sproles was a prize finding and turned out to be one of the best free agent signings in recent memory. Moore was an un-drafted signee who came in and worked his way onto the team and into the fans hearts.
In reading the comments in the articles that have been written a lot of people are blaming Brees contract and search to find money for Graham’s contract. The thing is there are a lot of teams that have player’s with big contracts and they have the same struggle the Saints are going through, finding the money to pay everybody. Unfortunately it sometimes cant’ be done and tough decisions have to be made.
At the end of the day it all boils down to who the Saints have to put on the field when the next season starts. Loomis and Payton have been good at doing it for the Saints for a long time. This year they will have to be better than good.