Saints Running Back Darren Sproles Headed To Eagles
New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles who asked to be released from the New Orleans Saints is getting his wish. Sproles will now become a Philadelphia Eagle.
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 a fifth-round draft pick from the Eagles 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.
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.
Sproles was one of the Saints' most dynamic offensive weapons the past three seasons after he signed as a free agent from the San Diego Chargers, with a total of 1,067 rushing yards, 1,981 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns. He set an NFL single-season record for all-purpose yards with 2,696 in 2011.