Sproles’ new deal matches top of veteran market

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Currently, the going rate for veteran running backs tops out at three years, $10.5 million.

It’s the amount given to Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart and to Chargers running back Donald Brown.  Per a league source, those are also the terms given to new Eagles running back Darren Sproles.

Per a league source, Sproles’ new deal pays out $10.5 million over three years, with $5.5 million guaranteed.  (It’s unclear how much is fully guaranteed.)  Sproles also is eligible for an annual Pro Bowl incentive of $100,000.

Sproles had been due to earn a base salary of $3.5 million in 2014, the final year of the contract he signed in 2011 with the Saints.

28 responses to “Sproles’ new deal matches top of veteran market

  1. We’ll see if Sproles’ career is rejuvenated, so to speak, in Philly considering his last year in NO. We’ve seen the Eagles overpay for some aging veterans before (hint, hint: 2011).

  2. Waste of money.

    You can find a pass catching scat-back in the 5th round out of some small school to do the same job for a lot less cash.

  3. Philly didn’t need to focus too much on offense. I can only imagine that they will spend the entire draft going after defense. On paper, this team SHOULD win the East again. Thank God they don’t play the games on paper.

  4. Those of you who think Sproles is washed up and not worth the investment are idiots. Much like Kevin Faulk’s vital role as a change of pace back with the Pats, Sproles will have his own package within offense. Sure, we could get a scatback in the 5th round with a similar skillset, but you miss the point: diminished skills or not, Sproles is an offensive weapon that must be accounted for. He has a reputation as a defense buster. He doesn’t need to be a focal point of Chip Kelly’s offense. Defenses will still have to account for him when he’s on the field or he’ll kill you out of the backfield, in the slot, or lined up wide. What are defenses going to do when DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles, and Zach Ertz are all on the field at the same time? ADVANTAGE EAGLES, all day.

  5. Terrible defense. good offense. Let’s go sign two marginal def players and then get a decent running back who has lost a step. We’ll still win the salary cap championship and our fans will think we actually got better. That def is still a dumpster fire and the offense will still be the same. This is the nfl equivalent of the d’antoni lead phoenix suns. Fun in the regular season , but when you have to play for real and d up they will come up way short. hilarious.

  6. You either don’t follow football or are stuipd not to see this guy can play any position, and still has great speed, and I only wisk our GM would have seen how valuable this guy can be, all for a lousy 5th rounder!
    Sorry to say but the Eagles are out doing all the nfc east teams and should now focus on there ‘D”.

  7. As an Eagles fan, I didn’t even remotely consider the possibility that a guy like Darren Sproles would be joining this already potent offense, but now that he has I’m truly ecstatic about it. Ever since the days of Duce Staley and Brian Westbrook, the Eagles have been one of the most prolific offenses in terms of getting their RBs plenty of catches out of the backfield, and few guys do it better than Sproles. At this given moment, now that Chip Kelly has implemented a very high-octane offense and Foles has really stepped up…I can’t think of a better situation for a guy like Sproles to step into.

    I’m certainly biased, but I feel very comfortable about saying that the 2014 Philadelphia Eagles should be right near the top of the NFL in terms of points per game.

  8. 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!

  9. Sproles will soon find out that Nick Foles is no Drew Brees. Just get ready to duck real fast when Foles throws one of those career enders.

  10. Offense wins games, defense wins championships…reason Eagles lost to the Saints last year. Saints defense superior to Eagles.

    We will miss Sproles, but Eagles are not going anywhere important with that defense. They should be concentrating on that versus offense.

    And as has been said, Foles is NO BREES.

  11. Eagles sound like they’re the team in the NFC East to beat this year. Maclin was a beast, when healthy and he’s back. Maclin and D.Jackson were putting up similar numbers 2 years ago together. With the emergence of Riley Cooper last year they got a nice WR corps. Then LeSean McCoy who was easily a top 5 RB who has speed and power. Now they have Sproles who can catch all day, and run when they need him. If Foles continues with what he was doing last year they will have a potent offense. I know Eagles fans are excited.

  12. Those of you slamming the Eagles’ defense clearly didn’t watch the development of it over the season. It vastly improved and even became quite respectable. That was with one year and a huge lack of talent in the secondary. Throw in another year of learning the systems and getting better player-wise, and this team is going to be scary.

  13. Yeah….So much for the Saints treating him badly..They put him in a VERY good situation to do well and succeed. Every team has to get younger sometime. His wife should have kept her mouth shut. Ill bet she is not complaining now. He got a great deal…top of the market for his value in exchange for a 5th round pick. Still got love for you though Sproles. Do well in Philly. WHO DAT!

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