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6 most disappointing trades in New Orleans Saints history

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Trading Darren Sproles in 2014

Similar to the Jimmy Graham trade, it wasn’t a popular decision when the Saints opted to move on from Darren Sproles in 2014 but they did so anyway.

Sproles was a fourth-round pick by the Chargers in the 2005 NFL Draft and spent the 2005 season with Drew Brees before he ended up in New Orleans. Brees was able to persuade Sproles to come to the Big Easy in 2011 and the two picked right back up where they left off.

Sproles soon became an incredible weapon in the Saints’ offense, totaling 1,067 yards on the ground to go along with five touchdowns while amassing 1,981 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns through the air. He might have been listed as a running back but he was horrifying as a pass-catcher, as you can see from the numbers. Sproles did that damage through 44 games.

In the 2014 offseason, New Orleans decided to send Sproles to Philadelphia despite his wishes of wanting to be released. It was a disappointing trade because Sproles had been a solid player for the team and they chose to go against his wishes.

The Saints received a fifth-round pick in exchange for Sproles and they spent that pick on Ronald Powell out of Florida. Powell appeared in 14 games during his rookie season and that was it for the Gator in the pros. That’s what the Saints got in return for Sproles.

Sproles, of course, went on to dominate in Philly and won a Super Bowl with them in the 2017 season. He retired from football following the 2019 season. It’s a shame that things ended the way they did between him and the Saints because he was so much fun to watch.

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