2014 NFL Free Agency: Should the Kansas City Chiefs Trade for Darren Sproles?

Bill RobbinsCorrespondent IMarch 9, 2014

New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles points to fans after scoring on a touchdown carry in the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in New Orleans, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Earlier today, it was announced that the New Orleans Saints would be shopping RB/WR Darren Sproles after a three-year run with the organization.

The speedy Sproles is now on the trading block he endured one of the worst seasons of his professional career: He rushed for just 220 yards on 53 carries, while catching 71 passes for 604 yards for Sean Payton's offense.

Sure, the ex-Charger had his struggles, but one has to think that he still has some gas left in the tank.

Even though Sproles will be 31 before the '14 NFL season gets underway, he could have something to prove for his next NFL team.

This is where the Kansas City Chiefs come into the picture.

KC currently has an offense that already has some playmakers in place with Pro Bowlers Dwayne BoweJamaal Charles and Alex Smith. That being said, any offense could use another playmaker, and that's exactly what the Chiefs would be getting if they were to insert Sproles into their offense.

Sproles also seems to be a good fit in the West Coast offense KC runs under Andy Reid, as one of Sproles' specialties is catching short, quick passes either out of the backfield or while running a route as a wideout. If signed, the ex-Kansas State Wildcat would take over soon-to-be free agent Dexter McCluster's role as a situational running back and a backup receiver.

It would be nice to have the former Olathe North star come back home to play for his beloved Kansas City Chiefs to potentially finish off his NFL career. Because of the local connection, he would become an instant fan favorite and could add a different element to this offense that has been missing at 1 Arrowhead Drive for a while.

With all this in mind, will the Chiefs trade for Sproles?

It's hard to say with only $9 million in cap room currently available for KC. Other teams might be interested in the 5'6" back, so the Chiefs wouldn't be able to get him for a cheap price.

Plus, they are down a second round pick in this year's draft, which doesn't help their trade ammunition either.

Time will tell what happens with Mr. Sproles, as today was the day that NFL teams began to start signing free agents. Ultimately, Chiefs GM John Dorsey will have to make the decision if Sproles would be as valuable to this offense as his price tag is on the open market.

The ball is in the Chiefs' court now, and the jury is still out on this.