Dec 15, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles (43) catches a punt during the first half against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency: Darren Sproles To Be Cut, Patriots Should Not Try To Acquire Him

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Jan 11, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles (43) runs the football against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Surprising news surfaced yesterday, as it was reported that running back Darren Sproles would be cut by the New Orleans Saints, if a trade could not be worked out.

Immediately after this news broke, there was debate among Patriots fans as to whether or not New England should go after Sproles. The answer is a definite no. Why would they waste money on a position that is already filled with talent? They already have Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, and possibly LeGarrette Blount ready to roll in the backfield. This is one area where the Patriots are actually set at.

I am not denying Sproles’ talent, because we all know he can produce. But he is getting up there in age (30 years old), and honestly, I would rather have Vereen at this point in their respective careers. Not only is Vereen familiar with Tom Brady‘s offense, but he is just as explosive as Sproles, and I could argue that he is the better receiver of the two.

There are quite a few holes in the Pats roster, but running back is not one of them. I know it is tempting to want Bill Belichick and company to go out and sign a “high profile” guy like Sproles, but it just wouldn’t be smart. They need to save that money to spend in other, more important areas, such as tight end, defensive tackle, and the interior of the offensive line.

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