Saints RB Darren Sproles (Source: chargers.com)

NFL News: New Orleans Saints Sign RB Darren Sproles To 4-Year Deal


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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  • daThRONe

    This actuallly makes me feel better about losing Bush.

  • daThRONe

    This actuallly makes me feel better about losing Bush.

  • Keith Null

    @daThRONe I agree, Sproles can fill the same role as Bush, and as I mentioned in the article, I think he runs harder and is a better return man. I think I would still give the nod to receiving ability to Bush but Sproles by no means is a slouch in that department. Funny that the Saints trade Bush, save money, and sign Sproles to fill an indentical role for cheaper money. Great move by the Saints front office.

  • Keith Null

    @daThRONe I agree, Sproles can fill the same role as Bush, and as I mentioned in the article, I think he runs harder and is a better return man. I think I would still give the nod to receiving ability to Bush but Sproles by no means is a slouch in that department. Funny that the Saints trade Bush, save money, and sign Sproles to fill an indentical role for cheaper money. Great move by the Saints front office.

  • daThRONe

    @daThRONe

    I don’t think this makes us a better team. Bush just commanded so much attention, Sproles can’t give us that.

    Now finacially this is better. We’ll get similar production for less money. I think Bush is more vaulable getting more touches while Sproles is a better back for a crowded backfield.

  • daThRONe

    @daThRONe

    I don’t think this makes us a better team. Bush just commanded so much attention, Sproles can’t give us that.

    Now finacially this is better. We’ll get similar production for less money. I think Bush is more vaulable getting more touches while Sproles is a better back for a crowded backfield.