Maybe Darren Sproles’ playing days with the Philadelphia Eagles aren’t coming to an end after this year like we initially thought.
The year is 2018, and veteran running back Darren Sproles is still proving to be a threat on the Philadelphia Eagles offense. At the age of 35, Sproles often looks like he hasn’t lost a step when healthy. Unfortunately, remaining healthy has been his biggest downfall over the last two seasons. 2017 was shaping up to be Sproles’ final year in the NFL. It was his contract year with the Eagles, and the Mighty Mouse was planning on hanging his cleats up before 2018.
Things changed though when Sproles ended up tearing his ACL and fracturing his arm early on last season. It was only week three, and Sproles barely had any time to really get anything going on the Eagles offense. It was a big hit to the Birds, but we all know that no matter how many injuries they suffered in 2017, it didn’t matter. The Eagles would soar and eventually became Super Bowl Champions for the first time.
While Sproles was happy to get his ring, he was far from satisfied with the way his career ended. He could ride off into the sunset as a champ, but it didn’t feel right. Sproles had to return, and he waited patiently for the Eagles to call him up and get a deal done. Howie Roseman and the Eagles front office brought him back, but it wouldn’t be long until Sproles was out for a while once again. Except for this time, the issue was with his hamstring.
Sproles’ last season became a disaster once again.
Darren Sproles ended up missing two months of playing time while trying to nurse his hamstring injury. Once again, the final chapter of his career was shaping up to be an unsuccessful one. And to make matters worse, the Eagles weren’t exactly doing all that well. Thankfully, Sproles would make his return in December and has since been the most reliable weapon out of the Eagles backfield. A late season run could be satisfying enough for Sproles to make the 2018 season his last, but the ability to play football again is making Sproles reconsider his future.
After last week’s game against the Houston Texans, Darren Sproles was on a high. The Eagles won a thriller on a last-second field goal, which increased their playoff hopes once again. Sproles ended up having his best game of the year and was a significant part of the Eagles success against Houston. Everything went so well, and Sproles couldn’t help but reveal to reporters after the game that he was considering a return in 2019.
The feelings are mutual…
If Darren Sproles does decide to continue to play after this season, he might not have to test the free agency market once again. This past summer, Sproles did entertain some offers elsewhere, but the Eagles were his targeted destination. Assuming that Sproles does tell everybody that he will, in fact, play next year, we can only imagine that he’s going to want to return to Philly.
Whether it would be worth it for the Eagles to pay up for Sproles once again or not is a whole other story, but knowing how loyal the front office has been in the past, it would probably be strongly considered when the time comes. For now, the Eagles need to focus on what they got going on this season as they attempt to get themselves into the playoffs this weekend.