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Darren Sproles lands in New Orleans

San Diego Chargers running back Sproles gets away from Kansas City Chiefs safety Berry and safety Lewis during their NFL football game in San Diego AP

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.

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61 Responses to “Darren Sproles lands in New Orleans”
  1. ny82jy says: Jul 28, 2011 11:15 PM

    Great move by the saints losing Bush and signing Sproles. Id take Sproles any day over Bush.

  2. tashkalucy says: Jul 28, 2011 11:16 PM

    You guys at PFT must be lovin’ it after months of lockout coverage.

    You all getting any sleep? Appears the front office people and coaches aren’t.

  3. macjacmccoy says: Jul 28, 2011 11:17 PM

    Thank You Saints. Sproles definitely wasnt what the Eagles needed at running back.

  4. jpmelon says: Jul 28, 2011 11:17 PM

    nice grab….I don’t see why he is better than Bush though. Maybe it’s a money thing.

  5. firerogergoodell says: Jul 28, 2011 11:17 PM

    Sproles > Bush. Good move Saints.

  6. sdottaylor says: Jul 28, 2011 11:17 PM

    stevie wonder could’ve seen that coming.

  7. eaglesfan290 says: Jul 28, 2011 11:17 PM

    He also lands at # 3 or 4 on the depth chart hope he got paid well because he won’t get the ball much!

  8. raylangivens says: Jul 28, 2011 11:18 PM

    Payton will get the best out of Sproles and use him to his advantage, personally I believe he’ll excel past what Bush brought to the table, he doesn’t shy away from running in-between the tackles if need be. I’ll miss him in SD but good luck, good acquisition. Perhaps they may trade away one of their other backs.

  9. mataug says: Jul 28, 2011 11:19 PM

    “It would be hilarious if Sproles came in at the same price as Bush.”

    No, it will not be hilarious because Sproles can actually stay healthy compared to Mr Glass and it will still be a good deal for the Saints.

  10. nosaj56 says: Jul 28, 2011 11:20 PM

    14-2 with an unstoppable offense

  11. pacash80 says: Jul 28, 2011 11:21 PM

    Sounds to me like the Saints upgraded their backfield and took Jonathon Amaya from the Dolphins at the same time.

  12. jjrs89 says: Jul 28, 2011 11:22 PM

    Sproles>Bush

  13. peester15 says: Jul 28, 2011 11:25 PM

    The Saints just got stronger today with those moves!

  14. ndgarretjax says: Jul 28, 2011 11:26 PM

    Prized player? Then why was he traded? Hahahaa

  15. bhester1906 says: Jul 28, 2011 11:26 PM

    Sproiles better than bush? Huh? Let’s bet real. Let’s see how this looks in november

  16. lovechildofajsmith says: Jul 28, 2011 11:27 PM

    Good deal for the Saints. He’s a prototype “change of pace” RB and you didn’t have to pay him much (especially compared to what AJ shelled out for him in SD the past 2 years).

  17. turbodog1027 says: Jul 28, 2011 11:28 PM

    Another great move by the Saints. Sproles will double Reggies yardage

  18. yelix says: Jul 28, 2011 11:28 PM

    As a Chiefs fan, I support Sproles’ decision to sign with a team that Kansas City plays only once every four years.

  19. Reggie's Bush says: Jul 28, 2011 11:32 PM

    Change of pace back, and SPECIAL TEAMS!!!

    Bush had a good ole time f’ing up horribly fumbling/dropping punts whenever he wasnt returning one.

    Sproles is definitely more sure handed, but not as explosive near the goal line… hopefully with Brees’ quick pass attack and bigger RBs (Ingram/Ivory) our goal line formation can stay productive.

  20. usher716 says: Jul 28, 2011 11:34 PM

    Saints fans have to be pumped, one of the smarter moves of this hectic free agency period thus far – dumping the overhyped Bush for a more talented less ‘dramatic’ version of him

  21. andyreidisfat says: Jul 28, 2011 11:35 PM

    Good move by the saints here. Little man can take over Bush’s 3rd down role and be a split out guy.

    I still think the Saints will regret trading bush

  22. edgarh21 says: Jul 28, 2011 11:36 PM

    Congrats to Sproles, Chargers didn’t deserve to have him. He did so much and they didn’t want to pay him franchised him 2 years in a row.

  23. trbowman says: Jul 28, 2011 11:38 PM

    “We love it. For all of the hype about Bush as a valuable chess piece for Sean Payton and Drew Brees, the Saints have averaged more yards and points with him out of the lineup”

    Per rotoworld. LOL, glad Bush is going to fall to irrelevance in Miami.

  24. nolasaint82 says: Jul 28, 2011 11:43 PM

    Funny eagles fans… If u wouldve picked him up it would be a diff story…

  25. madamschefter says: Jul 28, 2011 11:46 PM

    “He also lands at # 3 or 4 on the depth chart hope he got paid well because he won’t get the ball much!”

    Possibly. But – barring injury – I’m willing to bet by mid-season he’ll the #2 with whomever (Thomas or Ingram) is grinding out the tough yards in the #1 spot.

  26. atescu says: Jul 28, 2011 11:47 PM

    Such a good pickup. Another weapon for Payton to utilize with brees. I like how this team operates.

  27. bambam1982 says: Jul 28, 2011 11:49 PM

    Im just happy the eagles didnt get him

  28. sasquash20 says: Jul 28, 2011 11:50 PM

    What a dumb move by the Saints. Are you kidding? They need defensive help. Didn’t the Seahawks beat them? Am I missing something?

  29. xstaticonradio says: Jul 28, 2011 11:51 PM

    Trade Chris Ivory and get a pick out of it

  30. laxer37 says: Jul 28, 2011 11:55 PM

    NFL Network said it perfectly:

    “Sproles has the same skill-set as Reggie Bush without all the drama.”

    How true.

  31. fonetiklee says: Jul 28, 2011 11:56 PM

    The Sproles-to-Eagles talk was clearly ridiculous. They drafted Dion Lewis and signed a few UDFAs, all of whom fit that exact same mold.

    I’m glad we didn’t sign him, I have no interest in a 28 year old FA running back.

  32. Deb says: Jul 28, 2011 11:56 PM

    Haven’t paid attention to the rest of their moves, but the Saints have made some nice choices at RB.

  33. hpeters77 says: Jul 28, 2011 11:57 PM

    #2 ON DEPTH CHART.
    SAINTS GEAUX SAINTS

  34. Burritto says: Jul 29, 2011 12:01 AM

    Better than Reggie. Cheaper than Reggie. Plus the Saints get a teams player and a draft pick.

    Great value.

  35. bobbyyyd says: Jul 29, 2011 12:12 AM

    good move by the saints

    coming from a panther fan

  36. ep2404 says: Jul 29, 2011 12:13 AM

    Sproles, Brees/Payton gonna make u famous.

  37. tennsaint says: Jul 29, 2011 12:14 AM

    Wow! Another great move from Loomis and Payton. Keep it up guys and you’ll be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy again… and soon!

  38. ep2404 says: Jul 29, 2011 12:16 AM

    Now let’s get Cullen Jenkins.

  39. tunz4jesus says: Jul 29, 2011 12:17 AM

    You couldn’t ask for a nicer guy, Saints and fans are going to love Darren and his quiet demeanor, strong work ethic and charitable heart.

  40. mrblazino says: Jul 29, 2011 12:24 AM

    Bush= super bowl ring
    Sproles=?
    I’ll take the ring (keep the trophy too; heisman)…….

  41. flyeaglesfly13 says: Jul 29, 2011 12:34 AM

    that is a nice pick up for em but don’t really get why they did it? Bush wanted to stay and said he would re-work his contract to stay but they traded him because imo it looked like to crowded of a back field just to pick up another version of him, Idk I don’t get it

  42. reddcowboys says: Jul 29, 2011 12:36 AM

    Waaaaay to much talent in the backfield. It’s a waste unless you expect some major injuries again. Also hurts fantasy players with 4 potential backs that won’t get as many touches. Glad to see him leave SD, since they never used him correctly. Made more sense in St Louis, closer to his Alma matter Kansas State too.

  43. tailgateheaven says: Jul 29, 2011 12:41 AM

    sasquash20 says:Jul 28, 2011 11:50 PM

    What a dumb move by the Saints. Are you kidding? They need defensive help. Didn’t the Seahawks beat them? Am I missing something?

    Whaaatttttt? Are you 12? Or do u not follow injury reports because that would mean you’d have to read?

  44. dallascowboyfan95 says: Jul 29, 2011 12:48 AM

    I thought the saints drafted a running back???

  45. dbellina says: Jul 29, 2011 12:56 AM

    Isn’t Reggie Bush the guy that porked that fat chick who’s dad a famous lawyer? Maybe I’m wrong but hey, if the glove don’t fit….

  46. Deb says: Jul 29, 2011 1:55 AM

    dallascowboyfan95 says:

    I thought the saints drafted a running back???
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    Did you read the article before commenting? This isn’t a one-back league anymore.

    I like the comments about Sproles’s character. Ingram is also a good guy and a great team player. Sounds like the Saints may now have the nicest RB tandem in the league.

  47. nola4eva says: Jul 29, 2011 2:25 AM

    Mickey Loomis is so on point with how he has been handling the personnel of this team. This guy knows what he is doing and he knows how to spot the right pieces of talent for the Saints.

    I LOVE what the Saints have done and are doing…Darren Sproles is going to kill it..Would LOVE to see the Saints make a move after Malcolm Floyd who is HIGHLY underrated b/c they need another outside speedster as Colston is not as fast b/c of injuries.. A line up of Brees, P.Thomas/Ingram/Sproles, Colston, Meachem, Moore, Graham, and Floyd would be UNSTOPPABLE…WHODAT!!

  48. larcs74 says: Jul 29, 2011 2:34 AM

    I guess it’s the only way for a Charger to win a Superbowl ring.

  49. raidernation99 says: Jul 29, 2011 2:56 AM

    good to have sproles out of the afc west.

  50. goawayeverybody says: Jul 29, 2011 3:15 AM

    As a Saints fan, I LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!

    TWODAT!

  51. opie333 says: Jul 29, 2011 3:17 AM

    Can you say up grade!

  52. goawayeverybody says: Jul 29, 2011 3:17 AM

    And for those of you previous commenters obsessed with depth charts, there is no real “depth chart” in New Orleans. Whoever is the most effective gets the ball.

  53. BlackAndGoldAllDay says: Jul 29, 2011 3:51 AM

    Saints have the best backfield in the NFL. And the best quarterback.

  54. arbiterflick says: Jul 29, 2011 4:45 AM

    Electric player, and a great guy to have on your team. I’m sorry to to lose him in San Diego, but it’s not a surprise.

    Congrats to the Saints. He’s a perfect fit, and there isn’t a coach in the league better that will do a better job of scheming for him than Sean Payton.

  55. sainttimbo says: Jul 29, 2011 6:37 AM

    Yesterday Payton said that Ivory isn’t ready and it could be a couple of weeks. And I’ve seen enough of Payton’s pressers to know that a couple of weeks could equal a couple of months.

  56. expatpatfan says: Jul 29, 2011 6:57 AM

    Hah! Yesterday in a Miami thread I was comparing Bush to Sproles. When healthy, Bush is slightly better, but that’s increasingly rare. And Bush is significantly more expensive. It’s been a long time since I’ve said this, but I’m as excited about the Saints’ rushing game as I am their passing game this year. Geaux Saints!

  57. bwisnasky says: Jul 29, 2011 7:30 AM

    raidernation99 says:
    Jul 29, 2011 2:56 AM
    good to have sproles out of the afc west.

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    Although it was a thing of beauty watching RoMac light him up last year…

  58. hollerdog says: Jul 29, 2011 8:54 AM

    Can’t wait to see sproles in the black and gold. I will miss reggie because he for some weird reason was one of my favorite saints, but I feel like sproles is an upgrade over reggie in the traditional sense and the dude is wicked fast and a better returner. GEAUX SAINTS! WHO DAT!

  59. deepsouthrunner says: Jul 29, 2011 10:02 AM

    sasquash20 says: Jul 28, 2011 11:50 PM

    What a dumb move by the Saints. Are you kidding? They need defensive help.
    =====

    The Saints had one of the top defenses in the NFL last year, and regardless, 5 out of 6 draft picks were defensive players.

  60. jeffpack says: Jul 29, 2011 10:24 AM

    Wow, Sproles is entirely overvalued.
    He’s a gimmick back at best, can no longer be a return guy at a high level.
    The R. Bush haters just wanna pile on.
    The Saints could have spent that quality money elsewhere and received more value.

  61. larcs74 says: Jul 29, 2011 12:19 PM

    Sproles is underrated. Imagine being in a 51 year old franchise that has yet to win a SUPERBOWL, even with one of the most talented QB’s in the league. Sproles has the speed and the talent. Good move for the SAINTS, good decision from SPROLES. He is about to get his Superbowl cherry popped!

    And I’m an OAKLAND RAIDERS fan…haha.

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