C.J. Spiller received big pay for little work.
The New Orleans Saints released Spiller on Tuesday. The running back collected $9 million for 13 games of work. He was in year two of his four-year deal.
Spiller’s addition on the Saints’ original 53-man roster to start the season was surprising due to his status on the team throughout training camp and preseason.
New Orleans listed the running back as inactive for Sunday’s opener against the Raiders.
His 13 games in a Saints uniform were forgettable. The seventh-year running back accounted for 351 yards from scrimmage in his lone season with New Orleans, while only starting two games.
Once viewed as a versatile threat coming out of college, Spiller’s NFL career has been unsteady. The 5-foot-11 running back had two good years with the Buffalo Bills (the team that drafted him) from 2012-2013, and it’s been downhill ever since.
His acquisition by New Orleans was supposed to fill the void left by Darren Sproles. That experiment apparently didn’t work.
Spiller will likely receive attention from a few NFL teams that need a third-down back. He still remains a serviceable backup when healthy.
The Saints have Mark Ingram, Tim Hightower, Marcus Murphy, Travaris Cadet and Daniel Lasco on their depth chart at running back.