The Chargers' sudden reversal on Darren Sproles is a huge victory for the little running back. In fact, if I'm Sproles I start celebrating now and worry about a long-term contract later.
Think about it. If he sits still and plays for the one-year deal he earns over $7 million this season ... and nearly $14 million the past two years. Not bad when you're a part-time running back.
Sproles could not have gotten that kind of money anywhere but San Diego, and he can thank LaDainian Tomlinson. With L.T. out of the picture, the Chargers couldn't afford to risk exposing Sproles to the open market. I know they wanted a long-term deal, but without one they're left with an unrestricted Sproles and maybe, just maybe, no running back for the future.
So they subscribed to the bird-in-the-hand theory, hoping they can get a long-term deal done with Sproles. And maybe they will. But if I'm Sproles I like the money they're offering now, and I don't do a long-term deal unless I'm guaranteed at least $7.283 million this season.
Sproles wins big
Posted on: March 4, 2010 5:31 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2010 6:03 pm