Running back Darren Sproles, 30, who on Wednesday expressed a desire to be released by the New Orleans Saints, was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a 5th round draft pick. Adam Schefter, naturally, broke the story.
“Darren Sproles is an unbelievable offensive weapon,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. “He can do it all — run, catch — plus he’s a proven winner. And on top of that, he can bring all of those dynamic skills to the return game as well. There is no question we were all excited once we found out we were going to be able to trade for him.”
The Eagles also made a move on defense on Thursday, agreeing to a two year deal with former Miami Dolphins cornerback, Nolan Carrol.
Sproles had hoped to be released instead of traded, so it would offer him the opportunity to structure a new multi-year deal with a team instead of having to ride out the remainder of his contract. However, because there was so much interest from other teams, the Saints had no choice but to trade the talented backfielder. The Eagles organization is excited to have Sproles on the roster, as he would work well in tandem with Lesean McCoy, their all-pro starting running back.
Sproles was one of the Saints’ most dynamic offensive weapons the past three seasons after he signed as a free agent from the San Diego Chargers, with a total of 1,067 rushing yards, 1,981 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns. He set an NFL record for combined all-purpose yards in a season with 2,696 back in 2011.
“Darren is one of the smartest football players I’ve ever been around,” said Saints coach Sean Payton in a statement. “He has been exceptionally consistent and dynamic coming out of the backfield for us the last three seasons and provided us with many different options.
“Darren is an exceptional person and teammate and we are going to miss him but we will also fondly remember his time as a member of the Saints and we thank him for his professionalism.”
However, despite Sproles’ contribution and efficacy on the field, he was only on the field for roughly a third of all offensive snaps for the Saints this past season. He was active for 15 of the 16 regular season games. Furthermore, his numbers were down from previous seasons, recording a combined 824 rushing and receiving yards.
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