Surprise! The Philadelphia Eagles are re-signing Darren Sproles to a one-year contract, according to an official announcement from the team.
The Eagles put out a statement explaining Sproles’ return:
“We are excited to bring Darren back. It isn’t very often that you have the opportunity to add a player who has the sixth-most total yards in NFL history. He is the ultimate professional, and a leader on and off the field. He will add another proven talent to our running back room. His dynamic punt return skills are second to none. We can’t wait to get started next week.”
Sproles had this to say:
“My heart is in Philly. That’s where I want to end my career. That team, the city is like a family.”
Sproles returning to Philly is hardly a total shock. The 36-year-old previously suggested he wasn’t planning on retiring.
It’s clear that Sproles feels like he has unfinished business in the NFL. Earlier this offseason, he talked about how he wants to actually play in a Super Bowl win after being unable to do so in 2017. Sproles is also just 163 yards shy of moving into sole possession of fifth place for career all-purpose yards. Tim Brown currently holds that spot with 19,682.
The Eagles’ decision to bring Sproles back raises some questions. Can the team really count on him to be healthy after he only played in nine games over the past two seasons? What’s his role going to be like? Which running backs are going to make the 53-man roster? We’ll take a closer look at these concerns in a follow up post here at Bleeding Green Nation. [UPDATE: You can CLICK HERE for more in-depth thoughts on the Sproles signing.]
For now, Sproles is back. And that should make ... just over half of you happy?
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