Eagles Re-Sign Darren Sproles
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The Eagles didn't get a running back in the draft but they added to the position after it as executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman confirmed the team was bringing back veteran Darren Sproles.
Sproles, 34, had been contemplating retirement but didn't want to go out the way he did last season when he seasons was cut short early after a torn ACL and broken arm suffered against the New York Giants in Week 3.
Roseman also said the move back out of the first round created enough extra cap space to sign Sproles, who now projects as a key part of the team's running back-by-committee approach along with Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement.
"Being able to trade back also allowed us to get some cap room," Roseman said. "We're really excited about that.
"... I think some of the things about trading back, when you're able to get some cap room and free up some money, it allows you to do things like this. So, we looked at that as we were making these moves. So, we're really excited about bringing Darren back. He's really excited to be back in green."
Eagles coach Doug Pederson was a major impetus for the move as Roseman joked the coach would ask him every day or two when they were bringing him back.
"We had been talking to Darren before the draft. It's been a priority to get Darren back," Roseman said. "I think I got the message when Coach [Pederson] would come by my office -- I don't know, maybe once a day or twice a day -- and say, ‘What's going on with Darren? When are we getting Sproles back?’ And I said, ‘I got the message, Coach.’"
The Eagles also agreed to terms with former Notre Dame running back Josh Adams as an undrafted free agent and still have Wendell Smallwood and Donnel Pumphrey on the roster.
“We like our running backs,” Roseman said. “That’s a good room.”
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen