Darren Sproles returns to the Eagles for one more year

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He’s been going strong since 2005. And he’s got at least one more year left.

The Eagles have announced that running back Darren Sproles has signed a one-year contract to return to the team.

Originally a draft pick of the Chargers fourteen years ago, Sproles already has spent five years in Philadelphia. He missed most of the 2017 season with a torn ACL, and he appeared in only six games last season, along with both postseason games.

The 36-year-old tailback has 3,486 career rushing yards, 4,816 receiving yards, 8,352 kick-return yards, and 2,875 punt-return yards. That’s 19,529 career all-purpose yards, sixth on the all-time list. He’s less than 200 yards from passing Hall of Famer Tim Brown for fifth place.

Sproles entered the NFL a season before Reggie Bush, and in some respects Sproles quietly became the player that many expected Bush to be. Bush last played in 2016, finishing at 154th on the all-time all-purpose yardage list with 10,001.

Of course, there’s no guarantee Sproles will make the roster in Philly. The Eagles have a crowded house at tailback, and Sproles (if he makes the final 53) possibly will at best be a role player.

29 responses to “Darren Sproles returns to the Eagles for one more year

  1. Very savvy, he shows well in preseason. He can fetch a 5/6 round draft pick in a trade.

    The Birds backfield is already full. I’m quietly rooting for Sproles to stick and hoist that trophy down Broad St.

  2. There are entirely too many weapons on this offense. It feels like they’re intentionally trying to rub Donovan McNabb’s nose in it at this point.

  3. hes been quietly good for 14 years.. how much left in the tank, i dont watch, or live in a Eagles broadcast area, but hope he makes the roster

  4. Great to see him for another year. A threat that has to be accounted for whenever he’s on the field, and one of, if not the best, blocking back in the league (and proof that blocking from a RB is a matter of knowledge and will)

    He’s not going to be an every down back obviously, but he can come in on 3rd down and do his thing, or line up in the slot from time to time. Plus, with the stable of young backs the Eagles have, he has a ton of knowledge that he can pass on (especially as it comes to blitz pickups). We’ll have to see what he has left in the tank, but even if he’s only a part time return man and a situational back, I’ll take him in my locker room any day

  5. Completely different styles, but it’s fascinating that Sproles and Frank Gore (both class of 05) are both still playing, and both still pretty good. Hats off to both of them.

  6. In a age that

    1, devalues tailbacks, and

    2, over-empahsizes size,

    he has been a treat to watch over the years. Glad he feels he has another year in him. I’ll be a fan of his no matter what uniform he wears

  7. I hope he makes the team. He’s one of those guys who when you see him trot out to the huddle everyone shuts up and keeps their eyes on him.

  8. This little train that could will be in the HOF. Every team he’s played on he’s been a tremendous impact player. His versatility and longevity are amazing, especially for a back his size. He’s not in the same class as a Jim Brown, Gale Sayers or Barry Sanders yet I feel the same excitement watching him play as I did them years ago.

  9. chaseutley says:
    July 19, 2019 at 6:43 pm
    There are entirely too many weapons on this offense. It feels like they’re intentionally trying to rub Donovan McNabb’s nose in it at this point.

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    Weapons? a washed up desean jackson? Eagles didn’t have a reciever with a thousand yards last year they have an old oline and not a single top 20 reciever not 1 mcnabb had much more talent around him he had desean Jackson in his prime celek lesson McCoy and many others

  10. S-P-R-O-L-E-S!!!!! A great player and asset for any team. Some guys are so entertaining that just watching the way they attack their game is a thrill for any fan. Love this guy whatever team he’s on, it’s funny how these “old guys” make football still worth watching despite all the idiotic rules, horrible officiating and league politics. Total class player, teammate, and family man. Saints fans still mourn the loss…dumbest move ever by a GM…but good for the Eagles!

  11. From a rival fan…..Sproles is a first class player and person, both on and off the field! There are many NFL players, who would do well to try and emulate him….

  12. selgaeinla says:

    He’ll contribute 10 times as much as old man Jason Witten in Dallas
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    no he won’t, he will just be a camp body and will be released before the season starts, oh by the way “old man Jason Witten” is going to be a 1st ballot Hall of Famer, Sproles will be going to the Hall of Fame after he buys an admission ticket, there is NO WAY that Sproles will be inducted in the Hall, ZERO CHANCE!!

  13. stucats says:
    July 20, 2019 at 6:12 pm

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    no he won’t, he will just be a camp body and will be released before the season starts, oh by the way “old man Jason Witten” is going to be a 1st ballot Hall of Famer, Sproles will be going to the Hall of Fame after he buys an admission ticket, there is NO WAY that Sproles will be inducted in the Hall, ZERO CHANCE!!

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    As an Eagles fan, I agree that Witten should be a 1st ballot HoF’er as a TE. While I don’t think Sproles will be elected to the HoF purely as a RB, he certainly deserves consideration for his all purpose yards and impact on his respective teams. Anyone who’s watched him over his career should agree. Both JW and DS played at an extremely high level over a long period of time and both represented their respective teams and the NFL with class and professionalism. I hope they both get in!

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