It took Saints coach Sean Payton less than 24 hours to get over losing one of his prized players in Reggie Bush.
Payton’s new toy to play with in the backfield is Darren Sproles, who is headed to New Orleans on a two-year deal. (UPDATE: It sounds like a four-year deal.) Sproles has a similar skill set to Bush, and probably came in at a lower average price than Bush’s two-year deal in Miami. (It would be hilarious if Sproles came in at the same price as Bush.)
We said it earlier this week: Sproles is Reggie Bush without the drama.
He’s used to being a role player, and rounds out a talented backfield that already looked loaded. First-round pick Mark Ingram will get the tough yards, Pierre Thomas will do a little of everything, and Chris Ivory will be the best No. 4 back in football.
Sproles marks the sixth acquisition of the day for the Saints, who may not be done yet.
There’s no closing time in New Orleans, and we’ve learned there is no closing time during this crazy week.
UPDATE: Multiple reports say it’s a four-year deal with $6 million guaranteed.