Sproles returns to Eagles with 1-year deal

Tanya Simon
July 21, 2019

The Eagles have announced that running back Darren Sproles has signed a one-year contract to return to the team.

Sproles entered the National Football League a season before Reggie Bush, and in some respects Sproles quietly became the player that many expected Bush to be.

Sproles, 36, considered retiring after an injury-riddled 2018-19 in which he played in only six games.

Philly was hoping to get Sproles back this week, but he's now out for Sunday night's game against the Cowboys and might miss significantly more time beyond that.

But he's put hanging the cleats up off for another year, making it sound like he wants to retire as an Eagle in style.

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"Everyone knows how we feel about Darren Sproles, again as a person and a player", Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said in January. "He is the ultimate professional, and a leader on and off the field".

He joins a crowded backfield of includes Jordan Howard, second-round draft pick Miles Sanders, Wendell Smallwood, Josh Adams, Corey Clement and Donnel Pumphrey.

But even with Sproles having the extra advantage of being a return specialist as well, was this really the best decision for the Eagles? "We can't wait to get started next week".

He's now sixth all-time with 19,520 yards, within striking distance of fifth-place, where former Raiders receiver Tim Brown sits with 19,682 yards.

He made three straight Pro Bowls in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and was named first team All-Pro as a return specialist in 2014 and 2015.

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