PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Eagles could be looking to trade their most explosive offensive weapon.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Eagles running back and return specialist Darren Sproles is “staying away” from offseason team activities (OTAs) until trade interest is “sorted out.” Rapoport says teams were interested acquiring Sproles during the NFL Draft.
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said there is no truth the trade rumors regarding Sproles.
“No, we had no decisions to do that whatsoever,” Pederson said on Tuesday afternoon. “I want Darren Sproles on this football team, we want him on this football team, he’s a big part of this football team and that’s where we’re at.”
Sproles, 32, is in the final-year of his contract. His cap hit is $4.5 million, his base salary is just $3.5 million, while he has a dead money value of only $1 million.
Last season Sproles rushed for 317 yards, tallied 388 more through the air, accumulated 446 punt return yards, and scored six total touchdowns.