Payton says window for Spiller’s return “definitely not closed”

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 20: C.J. Spiller #28 of the New Orleans Saints runs for yards during the third quarter of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 20, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Saints have said goodbye to running back CJ Spiller, for now.

Head coach Sean Payton said Wednesday morning that Spiller will have another opportunity, and wouldn’t rule out a return to the Saints. He was waived Tuesday.

Payton said the club needed the roster spot after the injury to cornerback Delvin Breaux. Beaux will miss approximately six weeks after surgery to repair a fractured fibula.

“His salary was guaranteed,” said Payton of Spiller. “There was more of about, is there a trade partner? Obviously, the urgency changed with the injury of Delvin Breaux.”

The Saints signed free agent cornerback B.W. Webb.

In 13 games last season, Spiller has 2 receiving touchdowns, 0 rushing TD’s. He was a healthy scratch for Sunday’s season opener against the Raiders in the Superdome.

He counts $4.5 million against the salary cap this season.

Payton lauded Spiller as a person.

“He’s a phenomenal guy, and teammate,” said Payton.