Darren Sproles has long been on the most electrifying players in the NFL. And if the right coach rings his cell phone, we may be treated to one more season of the 5-6 playmaker.
On the latest episode of the “Pro Football Doc” podcast with David Chao, Sproles said he’d return to the league for “the right team.”
“If the right team call. If the right team call, then I go back,” he said.
So that raises the question — what team is the right team? Sproles said only teams which he’s already played for have a shot at his services — the Chargers, Saints or Eagles.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported as much last week on 95.7 The Fanatic.
“I think he’d like to go back to one of the teams he’s played for in the past, the Eagles, the Saints, or the Chargers,” Schefter said. “I think at the appropriate time when a team comes calling, he will be willing to listen to what they have to say. Right now, it’s not like he thinks, ‘I got to be at OTAs in Philadelphia or OTAs in New Orleans’ … if somebody wants him at the appropriate time, I think he’ll be enticed to wind up playing.”
Sproles, 35, said one of the biggest motivating factors for him is the desire to move up the NFL’s all-purpose yardage leaderboard with a healthy season. He’s currently sixth all-time with 19,520 all-purpose yards, 182 yards behind Tim Brown for fifth and just over 2,000 yards behind Emmitt Smith.
“That’s my whole thing. That’s my whole thing. I want a full year,” Sproles told Chao. “Actually want to get up to like, top four or five in all-purpose yards … like, ever. Right now I’m No. 6. If I would’ve played a whole season last year, I’d be No. 4 right now.”
Sproles fell victim to a hamstring injury in 2018 that limited him to six games, while an ACL tear stole all but three games from him in 2017 as the Eagles marched to a Super Bowl victory over the Patriots.
He was originally selected by the then San Diego Chargers in the fourth round of the 2005 draft. He spent six seasons with the franchise and three with the Saints before he was traded to the Eagles in March 2014. He has three Pro Bowl selections and two All-Pro nods on his resume.