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Running back Darren Sproles #43 of the New Orleans Saints reacts in the second quarter while taking on the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at CenturyLink Field on Jan. 11, 2014 in Seattle, Wash. (credit: Harry How/Getty Images)

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NEW ORLEANS (CBS Houston/AP) — What else will Darren Sproles find out about his NFL future on Twitter?

The New Orleans Saints running back learned through an ESPN tweet Tuesday that the team is expecting to trade him.

“The stuff (you) find out on [T]witter,” Sproles posted.

Sproles was surprised to learn he will likely be traded because reports surfaced last week that he was informed the Saints would release him.

Sproles, used as a running back, receiver and return specialist, is due $3.4 million in base salary in 2014. Moore was due $3.1 million.

The moves give the Saints more flexibility under the NFL’s salary cap as they try to sign free agent tight end Jimmy Graham to an extension.

In the past month, the Saints have cut wide receiver Lance Moore, defensive end Will Smith, safety Roman Harper and cornerback Jabari Greer, who were all on New Orleans’ 2009 Super Bowl team. In addition, the Saints have said they would not bring back free agent linebacker Jonathan Vilma, a former defensive captain who has been hampered by knee injuries in recent seasons.

“Just like some of the decisions we made on the defensive side of the ball a few weeks ago, this move today is just as difficult,” general manager Mickey Loomis said. “Lance was very important to our productivity on offense and our success as a team overall. … You couldn’t ask for more from Lance both on and off the field and we wish him the best of luck.”

Sproles joined the Saints as a free agent in 2011, setting an NFL record for total yards in a season with 2,696.

Last season, Sproles, who routinely catches passes out of the backfield, accounted for 604 yards and two touchdowns receiving to go with 220 yards and two TDs rushing. He returned 29 punts, with his longest return going for 28 yards, and ran back 12 kickoffs, none for more than 32 yards.

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