Saints to cut running back Darren Sproles

New Orleans Saints' Darren Sproles (43) is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles' Cary Williams (26) during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Philadelphia. Williams was penalized for a horse collar tackle on the play. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) ORG XMIT: _X0U9461 Show caption
New Orleans Saints' Darren Sproles (43) is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles' Cary Williams (26) during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Philadelphia. Williams was penalized for a horse collar tackle on the play. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) ORG XMIT: _X0U9461

Wide receiver Lance Moore won't be the last veteran the Saints cut this offseason.

New Orleans also will cut ties running back Darren Sproles.

Sproles tweeted a farewell to New Orleans: "Thank you New Orleans for your support over the last few years! I will always be forever greatful."

Ian Rapoport of The NFL Network was the first to report the move based on information he received from anonymous sources.

Sproles led the Saints in all-purpose yards in 2013 for the third consecutive year that he has been in New Orleans, but his 1,273 yards did lead by much given how little he accomplished returning kicks and punts, respectively averaging just 21.3 and 6.7 yards per attempt in each category.

It was expected that the $3.5 million he was owed in salary and bonus and $4.25 million he will count against the 2014 cap were going to draw a glance from management.

Sproles rushed for only 220 yards and two touchdowns last season. He was more effective in the passing game with 71 receptions for 604 yards and two touchdowns.

The Saints haven't announced their intentions regarding Sproles. But cutting Sproles, who wil be 31 when the regular season starts, would save the Saints $3.5 million.