Darren Sproles Eyeing Eagles, Saints, Chargers?

It was about two months ago that free agent running back Darren Sproles said he’d make a decision regarding his NFL future by May. Well, it sounds like the 35-year-old may need a bit more time making a decision.

During an appearance on 97.5 The Fanatic, ESPN’s Adam Schefter said Sproles would be willing to wait for the right offer, even if it comes during the latter part of the summer (via Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com). Furthermore, Schefter hinted that the running back would prefer to play for one of his former teams. Specifically, that’d mean the Eagles, Saints, or Chargers are atop Sproles’ list. Of course, Schefter also notes that the running back would be open to other opportunities.

After a broken arm and a torn ACL limited him to only three games during the Eagles’ Super Bowl-winning 2017 campaign, Sproles said the 2018 season would be his final year in the NFL. However, Sproles ended up being hampered by injuries once again, limiting him to only six regular season games. He was still relatively productive when he was on the field; he paired 120 rushing yards (and a rushing touchdown) with 15 receptions for 160 yards and two scores.

Of course, Sproles continues to get older; if he plays in 2019, he’d be the second-oldest player at his position (behind Frank Gore). While any team would take a chance on a savvy veteran who possesses some pass-catching prowess, it’s uncertain if any of Sproles’ former teams would have interest.

The Eagles have a crowded depth chart that features Jordan HowardCorey Clement, Josh Adams, and Wendell Smallwood. The Saints brought in Latavius Murray to serve as Alvin Kamara‘s backup, but the team lacks experience behind that duo. The Chargers’ trio of Melvin GordonAustin Ekeler, and Justin Jackson seem to have a solid hold on the top-three spots, but Sproles could theoretically play a return role alongside Desmond King in Los Angeles.

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  1. strat1956

    He is a very good punt and kickoff returner as well as a good pass catcher out of the backfield. I would bring him back for another year.

    • crosseyedlemon

      At one time he was an excellent sleeper pick in certain fantasy league formats but I’m not sure he would have the same value now.

  2. jdrushton

    You forgot 2nd round pick Miles Sanders in that crowded Eagles backfield.

  3. Polish Hammer

    If I recall correctly he was pretty better on his way out of New Orleans, so I don’t see him going back there.

    • Polish Hammer

      He could do that in a coaches role. I think he wants to play another year and they don’t really want him back as a player locking down a roster slot and no certainty of what he could contribute.

  4. jorge78

    Sproles and Gore have carved out quite a pair of careers for a pair of little people!

    • kylewait89

      What size do you think Gore is? He’s like 3 inches and 25 lbs heavier than Sproles.

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