According to both Jason LaCanfora and Adam Schefter on Twitter this morning, the Philadelphia Eagles have reportedly traded for New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles. The Saints were expected to release the veteran back at the start of the new NFL calendar year, but decided to gauge any trade interest for the pass catching back. No details of what the Eagles have surrendered in order to make the deal have not surfaced as of yet.
Sproles is another in a long list of salary cap casualties as the team tries to free up money in order to get a long-term deal done with tight end Jimmy Graham.
Overnight, several reports surfaced that suggested the Washington Redskins were interested in Sproles but the Eagles have made the move first thing this morning.
This move does come as somewhat of a surprise. The reigning NFC East champions finished the year with the top rushing attack in the NFL, averaging 160 yards per game. RB LeSean McCoy will once again see the majority of the snaps, but McCoy does have a viable backup in Bryce Brown.
One area that Sproles does help the Eagles is in the return game. Philadelphia finished 2013 ranked 26th in kickoff returns and 27th in punt returns.
Sproles posted 71 receptions for 604 yards in 2013 but will be turning 31 prior to the start of the 2014 NFL regular season.
UPDATE: According to multiple outlets, the deal is a one-year deal worth $3.5 million and the Eagles sent the Saints a fifth-round pick.