Per a report on Fox Sports, the Saints have come to terms with free agent running back Darren Sproles on a 4-year contract worth $14M of which $6M will be guaranteed.
It was reported earlier this afternoon that the Saints were interested in Sproles after the team dealt running back Reggie Bush to the Miami Dolphins.
Sproles has very similar skill set to Bush — receiver, punt returner — but came at a greatly reduced price.
Bush was scheduled to count for 16 million towards the cap, a large reason the Saints parted ways, but Sproles contract is much more team friendly deal and one the Saints where much more comfortable paying to a specialty player.
Sproles has been with the Chargers since 2005 when he was drafted in the fourth round out of Kent State. In five NFL seasons he has amassed 1,154 rushing yards, 7,404 return yards, and accounted for 21 total touchdowns.
Last season with the Chargers Sproles averaged 5.3 yards per carry while rushing for 267 yards, but became expendable after the emergence of Mike Tolbert coupled with the teams drafting of Ryan Mathews.
Sproles will likely fill the exact same role as Bush in the Saints offense. He should take over third down running back duties and assume the role of the teams primary punt returner.
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