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Eagles extend Darren Sproles for two years

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Running back Darren Sproles didn’t want to be traded.  Now that he’s in Philly, he doesn’t want to leave.

The Eagles have announced a two-year extension with Sproles, putting him under contract through 2016.  Financial terms aren’t yet known.

Sproles, a fourth-round pick of the Chargers in 2005, turns 31 in June.  But he has yet to show any signs of slowing down, and the consensus is that he’ll add another dimension to an already dynamic Eagles offense.

Despite his age, Sproles has plenty of tread on the tires.  In eight NFL seasons (he missed all of 2006 due to injury), Sproles has 437 regular-season rushing attempts and 378 receptions.  That’s fewer than 102 touches from scrimmage per year on average.

He also has 328 kickoff returns and 195 punt returns, an average of 65.375 additional plays per year with the ball in his hands.

The Eagles will surely look for creative ways to get the ball in his hands, as Philly continues to widen the gap between itself and the rest of the NFC East.

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39 Responses to “Eagles extend Darren Sproles for two years”
  1. prideof10000lakes says: Mar 14, 2014 1:46 PM

    Bounty gate karma will find you no matter where you’re traded.

    SKOL

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 14, 2014 1:48 PM

    Yeah Sproles could end up having a hard time later in life with all the wear and tear he’s putting on his body. But I bet he’ll be just fine for at least 2 more years, good news for Philly and congrats to them, I was hoping the Lions would have scooped him up. But our backfield is unfortunately very crowded with little flexibility now.

  3. chaseutley says: Mar 14, 2014 1:50 PM

    I’d love to hear the details of the contract once they become available.

  4. 25cuts says: Mar 14, 2014 1:50 PM

    Totally agree with that last paragraph. We need to get better to compete with the likes of Seattle because the east is in a world of hurt this year.

  5. gumbogumbo says: Mar 14, 2014 1:53 PM

    Eagles are the class of the East

  6. 4thqtrsaint says: Mar 14, 2014 1:53 PM

    He actually did show signs of slowing down last year. He can still ball, but not like 2 years ago. But I love him & wish him the best.

  7. areyouseriousrofl says: Mar 14, 2014 1:53 PM

    Those mean ol’ Saints. Trading you to a team that values you and signs you to an extension longer than that of most RBs. How could they?!?!

    Mrs. Sproles, please call off your God now?

  8. lowerprovidencewarriors says: Mar 14, 2014 1:54 PM

    With the decline of the Jints and, to the extent they ever arose to anything remotely resembling success, the Cowpokes, as well as the inevitable bungling incompetence of the Pigskins,the Eagles are on the cusp of sustained hegemony in the NFC East akin to that enjoyed during most of the aughts.

  9. chicagosports2014 says: Mar 14, 2014 1:56 PM

    Kelly you would never win a super bowl with a bunch of college size players, it’s a long physical beastie season

  10. phillybirds22 says: Mar 14, 2014 1:58 PM

    Solid move by the Eagles. Shady and Sproles in the backfield together = headache for any defensive coordinator

  11. sowcrates says: Mar 14, 2014 2:02 PM

    Kevin Faulk was 33 and didn’t have THAT many reps to his name either, but one or two dinks later that he couldn’t bounce back from and it was no longer worth it for the Pats to rely upon him. 2 years is probably the maximum they should have added onto his deal.

  12. floratiotime says: Mar 14, 2014 2:02 PM

    Every time he touches the ball … ask yourself … would this play be better if it were McCoy?

  13. robert831 says: Mar 14, 2014 2:03 PM

    Saints really have lost their way. Brees is not going to have enough weapons to cover up all the holes.

  14. mdd913 says: Mar 14, 2014 2:17 PM

    He has yet to show signs of slowing down? Huh? Somebody’s not paying attention. The guy is not even remotely a threat in the return game anymore and his production drops every year. He is roughly half the player he was at his peak in 2011. That might be fine for some teams, but the Saints have too many good/cheap players on offense to keep old running backs who have lost a step.

  15. flannlv says: Mar 14, 2014 2:19 PM

    LOve what Sproles did for the Saints. However, he isn’t a return guy any longer. The only return he had last year that was decent was the one against Philly in the playoffs. I am sure he will excel under Kelly, but it isn’t like he is coming from a team or coach that didn’t know how to deploy him.

  16. DrSteveBrule says: Mar 14, 2014 2:23 PM

    When do you take McCoy off the field?

  17. booker1974 says: Mar 14, 2014 2:25 PM

    “Sproles, a fourth-round pick of the Chargers in 2005, turns 31 in June. But he has yet to show any signs of slowing down…”

    His return statistics last year beg to differ. He will contribute this year, still a good player, but I think even he would admit that he’s not the same player he was a couple of years ago.

  18. parasolmonster says: Mar 14, 2014 2:26 PM

    “Every time he touches the ball … ask yourself … would this play be better if it were McCoy?”

    Every time he touches the ball… ask yourself… was the fact McCoy was on the field at the same time the reason Sproles was wide open?

  19. myeaglescantwin says: Mar 14, 2014 2:27 PM

    with this addition, we can honestly, we have 4 running backs that are faster than anyone on the Skins.

    How can anyone knock a trade that transfers a 6th round pick all the way into 3 years of Darren Sproles.

    Sproles is not a back up RB, he is a role player, he is a killer 3rd down receiver, slot threat, 5+yd per rush, & a return game phenom.

    yeah,, all that . . . . or we could have a 5th rounder that might make the practice squad in 2014.

    Howie “steely eyed” Roseman, keep grinding brother

  20. buffalodiehard says: Mar 14, 2014 2:36 PM

    I’m not an Eagles fan (obviously) but I can’t think of too many guys I would enjoy seeing working in Chip Kelly’s office more than this guy!

    Unless you hate the Eagles you gotta love this for pure entertainment value.

  21. myeaglescantwin says: Mar 14, 2014 2:41 PM

    oh, and to those questioning the value of Sproles touches -vs- McCoy touches,,

    that just means that LeSean will last longer & continue to beast the competition for many years to come.

    McCoy, Brown, Polk, Sproles. stack the box please.
    DeSean will pop the lid off, time and time again.

  22. gustwo says: Mar 14, 2014 2:44 PM

    Obviously this is not the 2011 version of Mr. Sproles, if it were, he would not have been available for a 5th round draft choice. But he is still someone the defense is going to have to account for when he’s on the field, and one that the Eagles offensive brain trusts will be able to find favorable mismatches for. Don’t see a downside here.

  23. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 14, 2014 2:45 PM

    He was a great Saint player but he is on the wrong side of 30.

    Not only that but this type of player isn’t what will win you a championship. You need big, fast, physical players to beat San Fran, Carolina, & Seattle.
    Philly fans will have a great regular season but that is where it will end.

  24. jlbay says: Mar 14, 2014 2:54 PM

    Sproles might have lost a little, but he still has plenty in the tank for the role he will have in Philadelphia. With Jackson, McLean, Cooper, Erst, Celek and McCoy deployed as weapons, putting Sproles in as a role player on third downs and deployed as a mis-match receiver will just add another dimension to an already dynamic offense. Sproles might not be the same player he was at 28, but his hands and his speed are still substantially better than most of the RBs in the NFL.

  25. 2013 NFC East Champs says: Mar 14, 2014 3:01 PM

    Well the Eagles are clearly the BEST in the East.

  26. phillybirds22 says: Mar 14, 2014 3:05 PM

    think outside the box ilovefoolsball. Its all about matchups and there isn’t one lb in the nfl that can match up with Sproles on a pass route out of the backfield .

  27. 2013 NFC East Champs says: Mar 14, 2014 3:07 PM

    Running back Darren Sproles didn’t want to be traded. Now that he’s in Philly, he doesn’t want to leave.

    Of Course . . he would rather be cut than traded, that’s when Washington wanted to deal for him.
    (nobody wants to be there).

    Now that he is with the BEST in the NFC East, nobody wants to leave.

  28. mcmccii says: Mar 14, 2014 3:12 PM

    Sproles DID slow down the past two years. There was a slight decline each year. That Saints brass see him no longer breaking tackles, no longer having that half-step edge on everyone.
    Check the stats.

  29. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Mar 14, 2014 3:21 PM

    Sproles didn’t want to be traded because he thought he wouldn’t get a deal from whatever team he moved to. Smart goodwill live by Eagles, ensures he will play hard because he feels valued.

  30. thealmightybigblue says: Mar 14, 2014 3:23 PM

    Zero Rings.

  31. Youknowimright says: Mar 14, 2014 3:25 PM

    Gotta love thos 5’6” football players that have lost a step. Eagles are always fleecing the saints in trades, ie. Donte Stallworth, oh wait.

  32. Youknowimright says: Mar 14, 2014 4:00 PM

    If he can play defense this was a great signing.

  33. shatho1 says: Mar 14, 2014 4:21 PM

    its funny how the eagles fans act like they have already won the division. that chip jelly spread offense will be taken down and soon good luck!

  34. imnotsorryisaidthat says: Mar 14, 2014 4:44 PM

    In the world of chronic migraines suffered by defensive coordinator all over the nfl,the Mad Scientist Chip Kelly is a known carrier,just made more lethal by this signing…ouch!

  35. louisianimal28 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:16 PM

    As a saints fan the only way this could have made any sense is if we’re planning on drafting a sproles type player. Or we got a better pick! I understand it was done for cap reasons but we could have restructured. I think saints fans are undervaluing sproles. He was a nightmare match up and for the fans talking ab his productivity falling off, of course it did we have 5 backs and jimmy graham!!! I think we’re going to miss him unless we draft a Dri archer or d’anthony thomas

  36. mrlaloosh says: Mar 14, 2014 5:42 PM

    If the Eagles don’t win the NFC East going away this year, fire Kelly.

  37. nonyt says: Mar 14, 2014 9:27 PM

    “As a saints fan the only way this could have made any sense is if we’re planning on drafting a sproles type player. Or we got a better pick! I understand it was done for cap reasons but we could have restructured. I think saints fans are undervaluing sproles. He was a nightmare match up and for the fans talking ab his productivity falling off, of course it did we have 5 backs and jimmy graham!!! I think we’re going to miss him unless we draft a Dri archer or d’anthony thomas”

    I am also a Saints fan and I love Sproles as much as you do , but he did lose a step and as some have already said, he is on the wrong side of 30. Probably why he wasn’t used more. And how do you know they aren’t going to draft Dri Archer or D’anthony Thomas?

  38. sfsaintsfan says: Mar 14, 2014 9:48 PM

    An earlier report regarding Sproles stated that he has yet to show any signs of slowing down. the facts are different:

    Sproles over his first 35 games as a Saint:
    10.6 touches, 80 yards .63 TDs per game

    Sproles over his last 13 games as a Saint:
    7.3 touches, 42 yards, .15 TDs per game

    Sproles is a great player and leader, but he is on the wrong side of 30 and for a RB, that is often very bad news. Good luck, Saints fans hope you do well, help the Eagles beat Dallas twice every year and don’t help them win in the playoffs unless it is against the Niners or Seahawks.

  39. magicrattt says: Mar 15, 2014 11:24 AM

    Why is it that the Eagles & the Jets are always Super Bowl Champions this time of year but never in February?

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