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Eagles acquire Darren Sproles in trade with Saints

Darren Sproles, Mike Adams AP

Thursday morning started with word that the Redskins were making a push to acquire running back Darren Sproles in a trade with the Saints.

Sproles has reportedly wound up in the NFC East, but he won’t be playing in Washington. Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports reports that the Eagles have jumped their divisional rivals and completed a trade for the veteran back. PFT has confirmed that the deal is done and Sproles is headed to the City of Brotherly Love.

Sproles’ ability as a pass catcher out of the backfield should make him a natural fit in the Philadelphia offense, especially with coach Chip Kelly’s long history of turning smaller backs into receiving weapons while he was the coach at the University of Oregon. Some of those Ducks were ill-suited to the NFL, but Sproles’ ability to impact games is well documented and his arrival adds to an already impressive array of offensive options in Philly.

The return game could also get a boost from Sproles’ presence. There’s no word on compensation yet, but the Eagles currently have seven picks in the 2014 draft including an extra fifth-round selection as a result of trading defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga to the Patriots.

Sproles wasn’t keen on the idea of a trade because he wanted to pick his own landing spot, but it’s hard to think of many that fit his skills better than Philadelphia.

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49 Responses to “Eagles acquire Darren Sproles in trade with Saints”
  1. cannabisisgreat says: Mar 13, 2014 9:06 AM

    Here comes the eagle fans claiming championship lol

  2. pubpower95 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:06 AM

    FILTHY!

  3. gumbogumbo says: Mar 13, 2014 9:06 AM

    Best rushing attack in the nfl just got even better

  4. jpdoc26 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:06 AM

    Wow

  5. buzzlightner says: Mar 13, 2014 9:07 AM

    Return man/rb depth/receiver depth depending on what pick was giving uo for him this is good.. especially stealing him from the looming skins

  6. hereloaded says: Mar 13, 2014 9:09 AM

    0_O damn i Love this

  7. bucrightoff says: Mar 13, 2014 9:10 AM

    Wow that is about as good a fit as possible.

  8. myeaglescantwin says: Mar 13, 2014 9:11 AM

    hahahahaah

    Soon enough , i will have to change my name up.

  9. buzzlightner says: Mar 13, 2014 9:11 AM

    Here comes all the haters with dream team comments

  10. eaglesfanalways says: Mar 13, 2014 9:12 AM

    LOVE IT!!!

  11. mungman69 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:12 AM

    These Eagles just might win something. But they still need help on defense.

  12. myeaglescantwin says: Mar 13, 2014 9:12 AM

    now i can say that even our #3 RB is faster than anyone on the Giants.

  13. sylvester000001 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:13 AM

    This is about two things:

    Taking some hits off McCoy, and, when McCoy gets injured at some point just because it’s inevitable (especially given the strict concussion protocol) the offense can keep rolling with no disruption in philosophy.

    Gret, smart move.

  14. reeggss says: Mar 13, 2014 9:13 AM

    Love this move, won’t cost a ton of money, adds depth and a new dynamic. Keep moving in the right direction.

  15. myeaglescantwin says: Mar 13, 2014 9:13 AM

    seriously though.

    there is a legitimate chance we have two RBs with over 1500 scrimmage yards.

  16. arwiv says: Mar 13, 2014 9:17 AM

    As a Giants fan I have to tip my cap on a nice move….knowing Reese he probably didn’t even realize Sproles was on the market.

  17. ninozlatino says: Mar 13, 2014 9:17 AM

    I think any Philly fan screaming championship in this town right now are delusional. But this is a solid move. Shady and Sproles? Wow, that’s a nice one two punch baby!! Great move Birds!! Superbowl here we come!! lol.

  18. southpaw2k says: Mar 13, 2014 9:19 AM

    If the Eagles beef up their run defense through the draft, I don’t think it’s crazy to think they have quickly become one of the top teams in the NFC.

  19. nceaglesfan says: Mar 13, 2014 9:20 AM

    Excellent. Wonder how McCoy’s going to feel about it though.

  20. doctorjagaloon says: Mar 13, 2014 9:22 AM

    A lot of speed on Philly’s offense – McCoy, D. Jackson, Maclin… and now Sproles. Chip Kelly’s ability to space players in creative ways makes this an even more dangerous attack. Defense still needs to improve, which I will expect they will continue to build mostly through the draft. But when you add a player like Sproles to your team that is a very good thing. Especially for a 5th round draft pick.

  21. logicalvoiceslogicalvoice says: Mar 13, 2014 9:23 AM

    I understand that everyone needs to stay healthy. But seriously? Maclin, Jackson, Ertz/Celek, Shady and Sproles on the field at the same time? That is absolutely disgusting.

    Trade Graham and a 3rd rounder to Miami for Dion Jordan and draft a CB/S in rounds 1 and 2.

    I hate to get too excited after getting my heart broken with years of great offseasons, but how can you not get excited?

    I’ll say this right now too, bringing in Tom Gamble from SF has helped this team immensely. You have to wonder how much he influences Howie, but from the time he’s arrived it’s been nothing but smart decisions made.

  22. isphet71 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:23 AM

    Not an Eagles fan, but Sproles in that offense could be really deadly. Look out.

  23. flyinhighwithvick says: Mar 13, 2014 9:23 AM

    SPEED SPEED SPEED

  24. eglsfan says: Mar 13, 2014 9:24 AM

    awesome move!!!!

  25. rukkus1 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:27 AM

    No sense for the Eagles

  26. jbaxt says: Mar 13, 2014 9:27 AM

    Doesn’t seem like a good fit. But should be interesting in that “revolutionary” 8-8 offense that barely made the postseason.

  27. foolsgoldstandard says: Mar 13, 2014 9:28 AM

    So since the compensation was a 5th round pick, the Eagles essentially traded Isaac Sopoaga last year for Darren Sproles this year. Not a bad trade. Sproles is the perfect fit for what Kelly likes to do.

  28. blahblahblah1313 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:29 AM

    Not to be a hater, BUT, my recollection of Sproles from last year is a kinda fat guy who no longer was that fast. If they get the 2010 Sproles that’s great, but the Sproles I saw last year was nothing to get excited about and he is a year older. Hope he is a good addition as I think Kelly is a breath of fresh air in a very stale NFL but might wanna wait and see.

  29. jbeagles23 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:34 AM

    And jbaxt clearly doesn’t watch any football. In what season was this offence 8 and 8? And actually this is the perfect fit for sproles. It doesn’t shoot the eagles up past Seattle or San Fran but it does make us even better than the NFC east and adds another weapon to the second best offence in the league

  30. r8rsfan says: Mar 13, 2014 9:34 AM

    Too effective to be considered by Reggie Mckenzie. Not enough baggage and injury history.

  31. thefootballgodssay says: Mar 13, 2014 9:35 AM

    philly has no d just ask denver about that philly is not going nowhere with that d

  32. baddegg says: Mar 13, 2014 9:35 AM

    Wow…it’s almost like they are building a “dream team!”
    ;-)

    Just kidding…it’s a good move for Philly at a good price. Props to them and this is coming from a disappointed Redskins fan…

  33. thefootballgodssay says: Mar 13, 2014 9:37 AM

    darren sproles and his wife DON’T WNAT TO GO TOO PHILLY

  34. nflsecurity862 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:38 AM

    Just another example of the Eagle beating the Washington R-words.

  35. tvguy22 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:39 AM

    So now they trade Bryce Brown and get a pick back.

  36. cervecero03 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:40 AM

    Beforehand, the Skins management would’ve given the Saints three 1st Rd picks, now, they’re playing it way too safe, we ain’t beating the Eagles this year for sure.

  37. greymares says: Mar 13, 2014 9:47 AM

    Begs the question, Where’s Bryce Brown going ?

  38. 65impala says: Mar 13, 2014 9:58 AM

    Thats a good signing, because if Kelly doesn’t sign some descent “D” players thats all we will be doing is fielding kickoffs.

  39. pourman says: Mar 13, 2014 9:59 AM

    Speed kills.

  40. thevet732thelinc236 says: Mar 13, 2014 10:30 AM

    Love the move. Dangerous offensive potential.

    Defense better be addressed heavily in this drat.

  41. regulator2 says: Mar 13, 2014 10:44 AM

    Nice addition for Eagles. Also takes away a player the Redskins wanted.

  42. merc3375 says: Mar 13, 2014 11:13 AM

    This move could make for a fun year of football.

  43. mshawn75 says: Mar 13, 2014 12:09 PM

    Let’s see how he does with almost no games in a dome.

  44. deangelo23hall says: Mar 13, 2014 2:02 PM

    Let’s add more speed baecause all that speed in Philly has really gotten them somewhere

  45. bearshaterseverywhere says: Mar 13, 2014 2:24 PM

    So glad to know that my Bears don’t play the Eagles next season, unless it’s the post-season. Mainly after last seasons 50 burger the Eagles fed the Bears, we need a year to recover from that and now this signing…..scary to have McCoy and Sproles in that offense!

  46. mogogo1 says: Mar 13, 2014 3:29 PM

    Pretty awesome for Sproles. Lands in a place where he should fit in great on a team where things are looking brighter than they have for a while.

  47. mattw70 says: Mar 13, 2014 4:30 PM

    Looks good now.But you never know what you’re gonna get with a 30 year old RB.See Shaun Alexander.

  48. imnotsorryisaidthat says: Mar 13, 2014 4:42 PM

    JUST CALL HIM FRANKENKELLY

  49. eagleseagleseagles says: Mar 13, 2014 9:04 PM

    i would say draft defense on every round and one receiver.

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