Darren Sproles Signs Extension With Eagles
The Eagles signed Darren Sproles to a one-year contract extension, the team announced Friday morning. Ian Rapoport first reported the deal is worth $4.5 million, and that the two sides have been working on it since he reported for mandatory minicamp in June.
“Being one of the oldest guys on the team, to know you’re going to be here a little bit longer, that’s a pretty good feeling,” Sproles, who is now under contract through 2017, told the Eagles’ website.
Sproles was set to earn $3.5 million this year, but the Eagles moved some of the extension money into this season, according to Rapoport. When Sproles skipped OTAs during May, there were rumors about the Eagles potentially trading the running back.
Although it’s unclear what role Sproles will have in the backfield this season, he’s still considered to be a valuable punt returner. Last season, the 33-year-old make his second consecutive Pro Bowl as a return specialist, becoming just the second Eagle to make multiple Pro Bowls as a specialist. He led the NFL in punt return touchdowns (2), punt return yards (446) and punt return average (12.4).
The only projected starter on either side of the ball for the Eagles to not have multiple years left on his deal is Bennie Logan.