By Joseph Santoliquito
Philadelphia, PA (CBS)—Looks like an explosive offense just became more explosive, with the addition of Darren Sproles. First reported by CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, the Eagles have made a trade with the New Orleans Saints for a fifth-round draft pick for the compact 5-foot-6, 190-pound all-purpose back.READ MORE: Philadelphia Mural Arts Unveils New Work, Teams Up With The Colored Conventions Project
Reports were filtering out of New Orleans that Sproles was going to be either traded or released this week.
The Eagles seem a great fit.
Though Sproles’ numbers have dipped in recent years, his 124 touches last season produced 824 total yards over 15 games, those figures were down from 891 total yards in 2012 and 1,313 yards in 2011. Still, Sproles, mixed in with LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, a healthy Jeremy Maclin, Zach Ertz and Riley Cooper make the Eagles even more dangerous.
“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.”