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Sproles wins big

Posted on: March 4, 2010 5:31 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2010 6:03 pm
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.
Category: NFL

Since: Feb 19, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2010 10:16 pm

Sproles wins big

Dante Hall did not have a couple years of glory, there's a reason he was the kick returner on the NFL's All-Decade team. He was the best kick returner in the NFL from 2001 until 2006, with occasional exceptions (e.g. Hester in 2006). Sproles may be an excellent returnman, but he will fade like Hester did if they put him in the offensive gameplan more. If you want to know why Hester faded, just look at his receiving numbers.

Since: Nov 15, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2010 8:49 pm

Sproles wins big

Wow...  What a day for Sproles!!!  And for the Chargers as well...  Hopefully they will lock him up long term somehow and bring in a decent back from the draft to split carries with him.  Letting Jamal Williams go tells me they will probably take a DT in the first round now though...  We shall see...  CONGRATS SPROLES!!!

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2010 7:58 pm

Sproles wins big

Every season Sproles wins 2-3 games SINGLE-HANDEDLY!  Twice it was in the playoffs.

He's part time, but one of the most valuable part time players in the history of the league.  Hester was the same.  So was Dante Hall.  But the difference is this guys been doing for 3 years and will again this year.  The aforementioned playeres had a couple years of glory each...

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