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.