According to sources, the Saints will receive a fifth-round draft pick from the Eagles. The deal also frees up cap space for the Saints who were leaning towards releasing Sproles but decided there was enough interest to trade the versatile running back.
The decision not to release Sproles created drama as Sproles expressed his desire to be released and choose which team he would go to rather than be traded. He told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that it was a matter of control.
“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].”
Although Darren Sproles didn’t get to choose his destination, going to Philadelphia and being featured in the Chip Kelly offense seems ideal for a player like Sproles. In 2013 rushed for 220 yards, but much of his production came catching balls out of the backfield. He had 71 receptions for 604 yards with a total of 4 total touchdowns.
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