Darren Sproles still has gas left in the tank.
The Eagles announced Friday they are signing the running back to a one-year deal.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) July 19, 2019
Sproles, 36, considered retiring after an injury-riddled 2018-19 in which he played in only six games. But he said he’d give it another go if the “right team” called in June. It appears like Philadelphia is that team.
“My heart is in Philly. That’s where I want to end my career,” Sproles said, via the Eagles’ website. “That team, the city is like a family.”
Sproles is entering his sixth season with the Eagles and has established himself as one of the NFL’s best all-purpose backs ever. Sproles is sixth on the league’s career all-purpose yardage list thanks to his ability to rush, receive and return kickoffs and punts. He probably won’t get a staggering amount of touches in 2019-20, but he gives Philadelphia’s explosive offense another option.
The Eagles gave Carson Wentz a four-year, $128 million extension in June. He’ll have talented targets in Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and Zach Ertz to work with, as well as up-and-coming running back Jordan Howard in the backfield. Philadelphia has a better arsenal than it had on last season’s 9-7 team that finished second in the NFC East. At least on paper.
The Eagles lost Nick Foles to the Jaguars this offseason, so they’ll have to bank on Wentz having a healthy year. He’ll need all the help he can get if he hopes to lead Philadelphia further than last season’s loss to the Saints in the divisional round.