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.
WOW! “@ESPNNFL: THIS JUST IN: Saints now plan to trade RB Darren Sproles due to heavy interest. He will not be released.
— Darren Sproles (@DarrenSproles) March 11, 2014
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.
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