Trade rumors? What trade rumors? The Eagles announced this morning that veteran running back Darren Sproles has signed a one-year extension with the team worth $4.5 million.
Ian Rapoport reports that Sproles and the team had been working on the extension since June.
The Kansas State product figures to take on a bigger role with the team this year, as the Eagles have no established starter. With oft-injured running back Ryan Mathews, the presumed starting running back is already hurt, and beginning training camp on the PUP list. Behind Sproles are a slew of backs with little experience, led by third year man Kenjon Barner and rookies Wendell Smallwood and Cedric O’Neal.
Despite older legs and a small stature, the 12-year veteran has put up excellent numbers in his short time in Philadelphia. Entering his third season with the Eagles after being acquired from the Saints, Sproles has played in 31 of 32 games and rushed for 646 yards and nine touchdowns, on just 140 carries (4.6 yards per carry). Sproles also caught 95 passes for 775 yards and one touchdown.
Sproles has made the pro bowl both years in Philadelphia as a punt returner, where he has four touchdowns and averaged 12.3 yards per return.