Philadelphia Eagles bolster return game, get Chip Kelly a new toy

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As day three of free agency was getting underway, the Eagles made their first big splash since signing Malcolm Jenkins. According to multiple media reports, the team acquired New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles by way of a trade.

An eight-year veteran, Sproles is currently on the last year of the four-year deal he signed with the Saints back in 2011. His cap hit is roughly $3.5 million, and the Eagles certainly have the money to spend.

Recently, Sproles found out on Twitter that the Saints were trying to trade him. Needless to say, he wasn’t happy.

He would later respond, saying he wanted to be released instead. He wound up getting traded, but he can’t be disappointed with the outcome.

Sproles will provide an immediate upgrade as a return man. He’s very quick and shifty in the open field, not to mention experienced. On the offensive side of the ball, he’ll be a very good No. 2 back behind LeSean McCoy and will be very dangerous in the Eagles’ wide open offensive scheme.

The Eagles will give up a 2014 5th round pick in exchange for Sproles, the same pick they received from the New England Patriots when they sent nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga up north.

Like the move? Don’t like it? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  • reggie walton

    LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!

  • mick

    first a safety now a return man. get me a 6’4 receiver, trade jackson and I’ll be a believer

  • Troy Weller

    Mick – I don’t necessarily believe a 6’4″ receiver is a “need” per say. The Eagles’ offense is predicated on spacing, and in this case the team values speed (and blocking, but not really important here) over a lot of other attributes at that position. Now, if that 6’4″ guy runs a 4.4, I’m sure they’d be all for it. But normally, the bigger guys don’t run those fast times – and if they do, they get snatched up quickly.

    If you’re looking for a big target, Riley Cooper and Zach Ertz will suffice. Ertz actually lines up in the slot at times, and the Eagles can create mismatches this way. As for Jackson, that’s an interesting point you bring up (and there have been rumors) but with how he fits in the offense, it’s unlikely he gets traded unless he does something to deserve it.