- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 14, 2016

New Orleans running back C.J. Spiller was inactive for Week 1 when his Saints took on the Oakland Raiders, but his Monday release came as a complete surprise.

“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,” Spiller told ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

Spiller had signed a four-year, $16 million deal just last offseason. Spiller ends his New Orleans career with 36 carries for 112, 34 receptions for 239 yards and two touchdowns.

Heading into Week 1, the Saints had six running backs on the roster. With the primary back being Mark Ingram, the change-of-pace back and receiving back came down to Spiller and Travaris Cadet. Coach Sean Payton chose Cadet.

The cut will result in $4.5 million against New Orleans’ cap and $2.5 million next year.

Spiller has essentially been reduced to a receiving, change-of-pace back since he rushed for 1,244 yards as a member of the Buffalo Bills in 2012. With speed being Spiller’s primary weapon, a team looking for that type of player will likely sign him in the coming week.

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