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The New Orleans Saints have been one of the best-run organizations in the NFL for quite a few years now. The disappointing part is they do not receive enough credit. The Saints have quietly—thanks to Philadelphia—made some very intriguing moves that make them a Super Bowl favorite in my book.
Let me provide you with an analogy about the swap the Saints made by trading Reggie Bush and signing Darren Sproles. It is pretty simple. The New Orleans Saints traded in their lease (let’s say it’s a Camaro) for a car with more features.
They had the standard, factory Camaro with stock features. It had cloth seats, and it was an automatic. After they signed Sproles from the San Diego Chargers, they traded up to get a Camaro, same color and horsepower, with a custom stereo, leather seats and it’s a five-speed manual transmission.
Bush never panned out to be the player the Saints hoped he would be and certainly did not live up to the money left on his contract. Sproles comes in to New Orleans with a four-year $14 million contract ($6 million guaranteed) to replace the unimpressive Reggie Bush.
Sproles provides the same playing style out of the backfield, return skills (if there are any kick returns this year…), and more production. Just to compare, for arguments sake, let’s look at their production from 2009 since Bush broke his leg in 2010. Sproles brought in 343 rushing yards and 497 receiving yards in 2009. Bush totaled rushing 390 rushing yards and 335 receiving yards for New Orleans in 2009.
The Saints managed to keep this one on the hush-hush, but once the season kicks off teams will be forced to do a double take when they see Sproles line up in the Saints backfield.