BREAKING: Eagles Acquire Darren Sproles

Photo credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Photo credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports


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DARREN SPROLES, who is one of the best Madden players ever and who helped send the Eagles home in January, is now in Chip Kelly’s offense. Along with DeSean Jackson. Along with LeSean McCoy. Along with Nick Foles. Along with Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper. I’m damp. Damp. Damp. Damp. #iwanttoplaymaddenfootballwithchipkelly

More soon.

UPDATE 1: Sproles was not happy the other day when he found out via Twitter that he was likely being traded:

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UPDATE 2: Neither was his wife. First this angry message:

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Feisty. I like it.

UPDATE 3: Swoooooon:

UPDATE 4: Schefter reports that the Eagles will send an undetermined draft pick to the Saints in exchange for Sproles:

Running back Darren Sproles, who Wednesday expressed a desire to be released by the New Orleans Saints, will be traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, a league source tells ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The Saints will receive an undetermined draft pick in return, the source said Thursday.

Sproles told ESPN’s Josina Anderson on Wednesday that he would rather be released by the Saints than traded.

“I don’t know where they would send me because I have no control over it, and I want to be able to pick [a team],” Sproles said.

The Saints decided to trade, instead of release, Sproles because there was so much interest from other teams when he was shopped as trade bait, a source told Schefter.

By the way– good morning!

UPDATE 5: F is for 5. It’s a fifth round pick.

UPDATE 6: Thoughts: Sproles isn’t a superstar, but he’s incredibly versatile and adds another weapon (or threat) to Chip Kelly’s offense. He ran 53 times last year for 220 yards and had 71 receptions for 604 yards. His 232 catches since 2011 are by far the most among running backs over that span. Beyond that, he’s an excellent kick returner… as you may recall:

This is the sort of player that won’t be a redundant part of the Eagles’ offense (think Maclin and Cooper diluting each other), but a new, shiny aftermarket accessory to make things go faster. And we like fast. Chip Kelly likes fast. Fast. Fast. Fast. VROOOOOOOOOOM. Sorry, I’m excited.

UPDATE 7:  Sproles is owed $3.4 million this season in the last year of a four-year deal, according to Spotrac:

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UPDATE 8: ~36 minutes later and CSN has about six sentences confirming there was a trade. Struggling with this breaking news thing.

UPDATE 9: Cue these rumors:

UPDATE 10: And now, Eliot Shorr-Parks here to throw some cold water on your boner:

On the Eagles, Sproles will not only be a weapon on offense, but he should help on both kick and punt return — areas the Eagles have struggled with badly the past few seasons.

It is fair to question, however, how much Sproles has left. The running back is coming off of the two worst seasons of his career, and the Saints — who love offense — would not be trading him for a fifth-round pick if they still believed he was a difference maker on offense.


UPDATE 11: Just kinda realized this: The Eagles have added Maclin and Sproles to their offense. They were ranked second last year with 417 yards per game. My God, the humanity.

UPDATE 12: Chip Kelly on Sproles:

“Darren Sproles is an unbelievable offensive weapon. He can do it all, run, catch, plus he’s a proven winner.”

Translation: I am naked in my office right now drawing up plays.

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39 Responses

  1. This might hurt Shady. He needs to get the ball MORE to be productive. He’s stronger as the game goes on and the more touches he gets. Look at his days in school, you have to keep feeding him the ball.

  2. Kyle if your dumb ass likes this move, it most likely sucks balls

    NO LOVE,

    Beez Nutz

  3. Love this move, no way they can continue to use Shady as much as they have been without some consequences. Best 1-2 punch at RB in the NFL now, no question.

    1. absolutely. its a clear upgrade for the #2 and it takes the load off of shady! shady was on pace to be worn down just like BWest.

  4. Nice upgrade from Bryce Brown, but don’t try to act like this makes up for that fact that they haven’t addressed their defensive woes AT ALL. Jenkins doesn’t count, hes a mediocre replacement over already terrible safeties…

  5. I think there will still be plenty of touches to go to Shady. I am pumped just thinking about split backs in shotgun with Shady and Sproles on each side of Foles, in addition to Desean on the outside. Try and match that speed.

    Having said that, the defense is what needed the fixing haha. So start adding to that lol.

  6. So they are willing to go out and grab Darren Sproles (expensive and old), but not will not go and get significant defensive upgrades. Am I supposed to believe that they can fix their defense the #22 pick and a bunch of late rounders? Everybody on the D is older. Can’t believe Cole and Ryans have that much left in the tank. The corners are league average.

    Only fun watching the Madden offense until you realize you are running a Madden defense.

    1. What? Dude has 1 year left on his contract and its for like 3.4 million.

      If he sucks he’s gone.

  7. Just heard that the Eagles got Sproles for a 5th round pick. This is a low/no risk, high reward trade in my opinion. Sproles has a better shot of working out than any 5th round pick in my opinion.

    1. Can’t forget the Cap space that Sproles now eats up (for a 31 yr old RB). The risk is the fact that the Eagles have again mortgaged the defense for more shiny offensive tools. Most importantly there are less dollars now to go and get anyone else (not sure there was anyone anyway, but still this money could have gone to Byrd or Lamarr Houston). Also, you can say what you want about a 5th rounder, but that 5th rounder could have been another D-Back or another rotational 3-4 LB/DE to get a the QB.

      But ok whatever, we’re all ok with crazy offensive sets and first round exits when another superior D shuts it down and our D folds like cheap luggage.

      1. Well, 3.5 MM is not much when you are not making a big defensive splash anyway and you started everything 20 MM under. So, there’s that

  8. Kyle, hurry up and make another dumb fucking t-shirt you ass clown. Sales must be through the roof… said no one ever.

    1. christ, random hate much? the fuck does anyone care who tries to sell tshirts on the internet?

  9. mellon head is a mellon head. Lets trade the best back in the league for an unknown rookie qb.

  10. 5th round pick for a 1-year rental? Brilliant. I hope sproles can sack the QB…

    Overall, pointless move. But have fun playing Madden…moron.

    1. It’s not a pointless move, Sproles is an established veteran who instantly makes their return game a lot better. Here’s the last few years 5th rd. picks (tell me who you’d rather have) Earl Wolff, Dennis Kelly, Dion Lewis, Julian Vandervelde, Ricky Sapp, Macho Harris, Fenuki Tupou, etc.

      1. Its not about the 5th rd pick. I dont see the point in spending 3.5mill on an aging backup RB who wont catch 40 passes this year when the money could be spent elsewhere. Ive already said that Deanthony Thomas would have been my choice over Sproles.

        1. For one, the Eagles’ average starting field position was the 20 yard line last season because their bumblefuck kick returners sucked ass.

          Two, it’s a pass-catching running back to spell McCoy from time to time, clearly an upgrade from Brown and Polk.

          Three, even as a decoy, he is going to open up the field drastically for other weapons on offense.

          1. That’s crazy talk!!! Why are you trying to make sense to the willfully ignorant?

  11. I just dont see the point. I would have preferred to see them draft DeAnthony Thomas.

  12. Mrs. Sproles sounds like a charmer!!! I wonder if “her God” loves her gutter mouth. Good move though

    1. Yea she’s pretty damn ghetto! Y’all better not cut him! Or else her god will damn the city to hell and brimstone!! Keep him on the roster for life.

  13. Mrs. Sproles sounds like someone you don’t want to be behind in a line trying to get a coffee or sandwhich.

  14. Doesn’t matter Eagles are still an 8-8 team next season. 8-8 may still win this dogshit division though.

  15. Man some of you people are just so damn negative.

    Sproles immediately upgrades our kick return game over that stiff Damaris Johnson,and you people are still angry.

    1. Sorry but I dont agree that it is some major upgrade. I think the Eagles could have found a better option than an aging Sproles.

      1. Who?! You can’t just say a guy like DeAnthony Thomas because there are 31 other teams who might be willing to take him 1 or 2 rounds higher than you would. Jeez.

  16. How can anyone NOT like this move? He’s a versatile, potentially explosive, offensive and special teams player. And he cost the Eagles a meager 5th round pick and something like 3.5 million? Yeah I’d do this deal every day of the week. No it does not address any defensive concerns. But the defense wasn’t the only thing that needed to be tweaked. This should IMMEDIATELY upgrade our special teams/returns.

  17. Awesome move. Even if he does nothing but firm up the return games and pitch in to spell Shady. Let him break somebody else’s heart for once.

  18. The Beagles will get about as much production out of D.Sproles as we got from him the last 2yrs. We love em when they play for us, and hate to see em leave. It’s a business. We squeezed him for all of the orange juice, so you losers are welcome to the pulp. If you aren’t beefing up defense you will have a shitty season in the NFC!

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