The New Orleans Saints have released running back C.J. Spiller, who signed a four-year, $16-million free-agent contract just last season.
Spiller was a healthy scratch Sunday, when the Saints opened the regular season with a 35-34 loss to Oakland.
When the Saints acquired Spiller, they hoped his versatility and his speed would allow him to fill roles similar to those of former Saints Reggie Bush and Darren Sproles. But Spiller needed arthroscopic knee surgery last preseason and has contributed relatively little to New Orleans’ prolific offense.
In 2015, Spiller gained 112 yards rushing and 239 yards...