By the Courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles announced Thursday that they have acquired running back Darren Sproles from the New Orleans Saints in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
“Darren Sproles is an unbelievable offensive weapon,” said Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. “He can do it all, run, catch, plus he’s a proven winner. And on top of that, he can bring all of those dynamic skills to the return game as well. There is no question we were all excited once we found out we were going to be able to trade for him.”
“Darren is a player that we have admired for many years – he’s a proven performer at a high level,” said Eagles general manager Howie Roseman. “He’s such a dangerous back and he’s a great piece to add to our offense and to our special teams. We spent a considerable time in order to try to make this happen and we were very happy to get a deal done with New Orleans.”
One of the most versatile threats in the NFL, the dynamic Sproles (5-6, 190) has appeared in 122 career games (19 starts) and registered 437 carries for 2,221 yards with 11 touchdowns while adding 378 receptions for 3,381 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Since 2007, Sproles leads the NFL with 13,806 all-purpose yards and ranks first among running backs in receptions (375), receiving yards (3,371) and receiving touchdowns (27) In addition, Sproles boasts five career return touchdowns on punts (three) and kickoffs (two).
Sproles, 30, joins new teammate LeSean McCoy as the only two running backs with more than 150 catches and eight receiving touchdowns since 2011.
In 2013, Sproles played in 15 games (four starts), carrying the ball 53 times for 220 yards and two touchdowns while tying for fifth among NFL running backs with 71 receptions for 604 yards and two touchdowns. In 2012, Sproles led all NFL running backs with 75 receptions for 667 yards and seven touchdowns, while adding one score on the ground.
In his first season in New Orleans in 2011, Sproles showcased his talents as a multi-purpose weapon for the Saints, setting an NFL record with 2,696 all-purpose yards while shouldering a heavy workload on both offense and special teams.
Sproles carried the ball 87 times for a career-high and team-best 603 yards with two touchdowns and ranked fifth in the NFC and seventh in the NFL in receiving with a career-high 86 receptions for 710 yards and six touchdowns, leading all running backs in catches. The versatile back also ranked second in the NFL with 724 yards after the catch. On punt returns, he tallied a 10.1 return average, including a 72-yard touchdown in the NFL season opener at Green Bay (9/8/11), and was the only player in the NFL to score on a rush, reception and punt return.
As a result of his play, Sproles was selected to the 2011 USA Today All-Joe team.
Originally a fourth-round draft choice (130th overall) of San Diego in 2005, Sproles appeared in 78 games for the Chargers and amassed 1,154 yards and six touchdowns on 249 carries while adding 1,400 yards and 11 touchdowns on 146 receptions. He also added four returns for touchdowns (two punt and two kick).
In addition to his work on the field, Sproles is also very involved in the community and created Sproles Empowered Youth, a non-profit organization to benefit underserved youth, and has held events to benefit youth and families in his hometown of Kansas City.
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