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Report: Redskins trying to trade for Darren Sproles

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Darren Sproles may not want to be traded, but that’s not stopping teams from trying to pick him up in a deal with the Saints.

The Redskins are reportedly one of those teams. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Washington is “making a push” to acquire the diminutive, versatile back and put him in a backfield that already includes Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris.

Sproles wouldn’t take many carries away from Morris, but he would give head coach Jay Gruden an offensive piece to mix and match with the others in his offense to help make Griffin’s 2014 more successful than his 2013. Andre Roberts has already joined Pierre Garçon at wideout, the promising Jordan Reed will be at tight end and adding Sproles to that group would make for a deeper unit than the Redskins had last season.

There’s no word on the likelihood that Sproles winds up in Washington for the 2014 season or how many other teams might still be in the running for Sproles’ services.

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41 Responses to “Report: Redskins trying to trade for Darren Sproles”
  1. kane337 says: Mar 13, 2014 6:55 AM

    I thought the Saints liked Darren Sproles. Why punish him by sending him to the Redskins?

  2. mortyglickstein says: Mar 13, 2014 6:56 AM

    Finally something smart by Dan

  3. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 13, 2014 7:29 AM

    Morris turned out to be a good find for them but with a new coach, their offense may be heading a new direction.

  4. jimmyt says: Mar 13, 2014 7:29 AM

    That would be pretty mean spirited on the Saints part.

  5. bigggbag says: Mar 13, 2014 7:32 AM

    Come to Miami

  6. phlorioisaphag says: Mar 13, 2014 7:32 AM

    “It’s startin’ to come together…”

    Coach Lou Brown

    HTTR!!!

  7. justareasonablevoice says: Mar 13, 2014 7:35 AM

    Washington will never be able to compete with the other teams in that division, history will repeat itself

  8. skinsnut says: Mar 13, 2014 7:36 AM

    Oh please God, please let this happen!

  9. hawkstradamus says: Mar 13, 2014 7:37 AM

    The last three redskin trips to the post season have ended at the hands of the world Champion Seattle Seahawks, no trade can prevent this.

  10. corvusmaximus says: Mar 13, 2014 7:48 AM

    Now THAT would be an interesting backfield… Washington fans gotta love the prospect of this trade.

  11. humnbass says: Mar 13, 2014 7:49 AM

    Can we do anything that makes common sense. This is typical of snyder’s ownership; here we are needing corner’s and safeties and Douche Allen is trying to acquire a running back. Well back to the basement of the league we go.

  12. ubepunkedagain says: Mar 13, 2014 7:56 AM

    His wife probably heard rumors of the Redskins trying to trade for him and lost it. Of course he would want to be released instead of going there. He is a smart man…that organization is going nowhere fast.

  13. sensiblevoice says: Mar 13, 2014 7:57 AM

    Poor Darren might have to go to the NFL’s purgatory….

  14. losntina69 says: Mar 13, 2014 8:01 AM

    Man my skins are on fire this year. We haven’t filled any holes yet on either side of the ball and yet they are still trying to trade for a 31 year old RB. NICE! Can’t wait to have the first pick in the draft next year.

  15. kst2074 says: Mar 13, 2014 8:23 AM

    Get him Skins, then win a super bowl HTTR

  16. jamesbarnes says: Mar 13, 2014 8:24 AM

    There’s 5 RBs on the roster, 3 of them are perfectly serviceable if not actually good.

    Morris is a bruiser, Helu is a perfect back to spell him and Evan Royster is a solid depth option. If Chris Thompson stays healthy, he probably has an opportunity to show why he deserves (or doesn’t) to be on the team. That’s three very decent RB options costing you pennies.

    Maybe they envision Sproles as a Brian Mitchell type 3rd down role. Of all the RBs on the team, there isn’t an obvious pass-catching leader among them. Maybe that improves the team, but I don’t know if that’s where I’d be spending cap money this year.

  17. daltongang1 says: Mar 13, 2014 8:24 AM

    If I was Sproles I’d tell Washington that I wouldn’t play for them or anybody else. He’s getting a raw deal. The Saints should do the right thing and release him and let him choose where he wants to relocate his family.

  18. chargrz says: Mar 13, 2014 8:32 AM

    Sproles should hold out! Who wants to plays for the Skins? Too Bad for him as he deserves better. Just release him or keep him.

  19. steelerben says: Mar 13, 2014 8:34 AM

    It makes sense for Washington to pick him up. Sproles could play a role in the offense similar to what Hawkins did for the Bengals. He provides a solid option in the screen game, which Washington doesn’t have despite there being five running backs on the roster. Grabbing Sproles would allow the team to cut at least two backs as soon as he arrived, clearing out roster spots they need to fill holes. Using 43 in the option would be pretty dangerous, taking some of the focus off of just smashing RG3. Sproles also would provide the team with a legitimate option for punt/kick returns, which last year’s squad was abysmal at.

    He’s a little older and has a little less in the tank than before, but with Morris taking the majority of the load running the ball, he should be preserved well enough to help this team for at least two, possibly three seasons.

  20. realdealsteel says: Mar 13, 2014 8:41 AM

    Clueless moves under the Daniel Snyder ownership continues……………..

  21. realdealsteel says: Mar 13, 2014 8:42 AM

    Redskins need O-line help, D-line help, and secondary and LB help and what are they doing? Trying to trade for a RB. A position that can be addressed in the later rounds of the draft.

  22. leevi98 says: Mar 13, 2014 8:53 AM

    Umm Brain Mitchell was never a 3rd down back he was a kick and punt returner.

  23. leevi98 says: Mar 13, 2014 8:58 AM

    Skins fans who are complaining and act like they have not addressed any needs..calm down..deep breath..its the 3rd day of FA..still have teams cutting more players…draft and many playrs still available. Fans who feel negative are still wanting the comfort food of a blockbuster deal and big name the MEDIA has deemed a “top” FA. Relax!

  24. selldannysell says: Mar 13, 2014 8:59 AM

    It’s a good acquisition if you have a competent offensive line making holes for him.

  25. wwrgesusd says: Mar 13, 2014 9:00 AM

    Anything above sixth rounder is a mistake. Plus the skins would be stuck with the current contract. Did Allen watch the defense at all the last two years? It might be nice to get some help over there.

  26. buchopeful says: Mar 13, 2014 9:01 AM

    BWAHAHA!! Skins lose out AGAIN! Sproles to philly is a done deal ;)

  27. dycenyne says: Mar 13, 2014 9:05 AM

    HAHA pathetic Redskins, Sproles is an Eagle, who would want to play for that crappy Redskins franchise anyway???? LOL!!!

  28. baddegg says: Mar 13, 2014 9:05 AM

    How in the world could you criticize this deal?

    Sproles would give Griffin a short range passing target out of the backfield with ability to get major YAC. For a QB who is not traditional drop back, this outlet would be tremendously valuable.

    Honestly, I know it’s supposedly hip to criticize every move the Redskins make but save it for stuff that really needs to be criticized. This move would not be bad at all!

  29. phillyeagles22 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:06 AM

    My boys getting it done. GO Philly!

  30. scoops1 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:07 AM

    Skol????

  31. templesweeper says: Mar 13, 2014 9:09 AM

    Eagles just got him! Hah

  32. riflemanlax says: Mar 13, 2014 9:10 AM

    Wondering if the idea of having to face Sproles twice a year factored into Philly’s decision to pick him up…

  33. baddegg says: Mar 13, 2014 9:14 AM

    News of him going to Philly: wow. Too bad for the Skins..they could have used him.

    Definitely a fit for the Philly offense…he certainly fits right in and will be deadly in Chip Kelly’s offense.

    The only thing I’m wondering is doesn’t their current RB do basically the same kind of stuff? In Washington, it made sense because you’d have Morris, the big back, and Sproles, the quick scat back, basically taking touches away from Roy Helu.

    Not sure how I see the time share going in Philly?

  34. buzzlightner says: Mar 13, 2014 9:14 AM

    And sproles is now an eagle.. haha

  35. sonopazzo6 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:22 AM

    Too late Hogs………Howie, Chip and the Birds struck first………enjoy the basement of the NFCEast for years to come……..GO EAGLES!!!!!

  36. ravenmadnky says: Mar 13, 2014 9:23 AM

    ESPN is reporting that Sproles is being traded to the Eagles. A scary-good offense only gets better. Thankfully, though, the Eagles defense can’t stop an offense comprised of 11 grandmothers.

  37. blackqbwhiterb says: Mar 13, 2014 9:23 AM

    The only issue I have wih this move wold be “At what cost?”….If you overpay or give away too much for a 31 year old running back, you’re dumb, it’s true. But if you can get him cheaply, isn’t it an upgrade to the backfield, not to mention the return game? I think it is, so it depends on what they give up for him.

  38. chad504boy says: Mar 13, 2014 9:37 AM

    If Washington was offering a 5th as well, i’d imagine they gave Sproles the destination option of which trade he preferred out of respect.

  39. tvguy22 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:40 AM

    Seems Logical.

  40. jburnabtnh says: Mar 13, 2014 9:40 AM

    ….Aaaand he’s gone.

  41. nflsecurity862 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:41 AM

    Looks like the R-words didn’t try hard enough. Typical

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