Eagles Extend Darren Sproles to 2016
The Eagles have signed newly acquired running back Darren Sproles to a two-year contract extension through 2016. Yesterday, the Saints traded Sproles to the Eagles in exchange for a fifth-round pick.
The deal is worth $10.5 million.
He's caught 70+ passes in each of the last three seasons. Sproles could split out wide some and could provide a major boost in the return game, plus give LeSean McCoy some third-down breaks as he comes off a 366-touch season.
Sproles has been used as primarily a part-time back due to his 5'6' / 190 frame, a role he should thrive in here in Philadelphia. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is a master at using dynamic, versatile talents in space to his advantage, and Sproles fits that bill perfectly.
Sproles, 31 in June, was already under contract for $3.5 million for 2014, the final year of his deal. The deal locks Sproles in as McCoy's main back-up and could make Bryce Brown expendable.