As of late, it appears that the New Orleans Saints are ready to part with their 1st string running back and return specialist Darren Sproles. Sproles is one of the most unique running backs in the NFL because of his incredible quickness and pass catch ability, and also because of his lack of size. The Saints claim that if they cannot find a trade partner for Darren Sproles, then they will cut Sproles from their team. This would be good news for a lot of teams seeking running back depth since the crop of free agent running backs is not extremely deep, talent-wise. Could a team that already has their running back situation figured out be interested in Darren Sproles? Could the Philadelphia Eagles be a good fit for Darren Sproles?
Obviously the Eagles are one of the teams in the NFL that does not need to worry about the running back position. This is because they have star running back Lesean McCoy. McCoy is honestly, in my opinion, the most talented running back in the NFL, this is because of his rare ability to change direction extremely fast and make defenders miss. The Eagles are shallow at running back after McCoy either, they have two very talented backups in Chris Polk and Bryce Brown. The only problem is that after McCoy, neither Polk nor Brown are very good at catching passes out of the backfield which is an essential skill in head coach, Chip Kelly’s offense. Chris Polk caught only 4 passes and Bryce Brown caught 8, which was a drop from his 13 in 2012. Brown is a powerful bruising back and Polk has some pass catching ability and is also very talented, but neither of them has the skills of McCoy.