The Philadelphia Eagles looked to have made their big free agent move by signing safety Malcolm Jenkins on March 11. Yet the Eagles weren't even done poaching players from the New Orleans Saints, according to a new ESPN report. Darren Sproles has undergone an ugly divorce with the Saints, and now the Eagles are reaping the benefits, as they allegedly finished a deal for the New Orleans running back/receiver/return man on March 13.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Philadelphia only gave up an "undetermined draft pick" to New Orleans in the deal. On that surface, it appears to be a steal for the Eagles -- yet the fact the Saints took so little shows how eager they were to get Sproles out of town.
Sproles set an NFL record for all-purpose yards in 2011, but his numbers and snaps declined by last year. When he became expendable for New Orleans, he expressed a desire to be released instead of traded, after finding out about the Saints' plans on Twitter. His wife also attacked the Saints' front office on Instagram for good measure.
The Saints clearly didn't give into his wishes, although it doesn't seem they got much more out of it, according to Schefter. The Eagles want to get much more out of it -- like a second rushing threat behind LeSean McCoy, another dangerous receiver for Nick Foles to throw to, and a new explosive return man.
Sproles has been better in the past, yet considering how he and the Saints parted ways, the Eagles have to hope he has extra motivation to bounce back. Philadelphia and Chip Kelly clearly have the offensive schemes and mindset to get some mileage out of him -- and its not like Sproles is inexperienced in experimental offenses.
Of course, every time the Eagles make a major free agent move, the likes of Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and the failed "Dream Team" of 2011 will be brought up as cautionary tales. Yet Philadelphia had spent more time resigning current players like Jeremy Maclin, Jason Peters and Riley Cooper this offseason, until it started borrowing from New Orleans.
It makes sense, since the Saints kicked off the Eagles' offseason by beating them in the playoffs. But is Sproles still the kind of threat that can get Philadelphia a step further in the next postseason?