The Philadelphia Eagles are not fooling around with the future status of new weapon Darren Sproles, whom they recently acquired via a trade with the New Orleans Saints.
According to the team's Twitter account, the front office in Philadelphia has already inked the star running back to a two-year contract extension:
Jeff Mclane of the Philadelphia Inquirer provides financial details:
Darren Sproles' contract extension is worth $10.5M over three years. Don't have guaranteed figure. I think @ProFootballTalk reported 1st.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) March 15, 2014
Sproles officially joined the Eagles on Thursday in exchange for a fifth-round pick, according to Pro Football Talk:
Per league source, Saints get fifth-round pick for Darren Sproles from Eagles.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 13, 2014
It's fair to consider the original trade a highway robbery. While the Saints desperately needed the cap room, a running back of Sproles' talent is now headed to Chip Kelly's offense, where he will surely wreak havoc on the league.
Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman put it best:
Saints trading Sproles to Philly is one of the dumbest moves I've ever seen. Eagles will be stiff competition in conference. Stupid.— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) March 13, 2014
While Sproles will be 31 by the time next season rolls around, he has yet to lose a step as arguably the best receiving back in the NFL. He has racked up more than 70 receptions and surpassed 600 receiving yards in each of the past three seasons in New Orleans' pass-happy attack, which he will surely have a legitimate chance of doing once again with Philadelphia.
Former teammate Mark Ingram foreshadowed how effective Sproles would be with a new team next season, via Larry Holder of The Times-Picayune, but even he could not have predicted the Kansas State product would land in such a great situation:
Mark Ingram on Darren Sproles: "He'll be a great player for somebody else." Ingram called Sproles pending departure a shocker.— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) March 9, 2014
Was it smart for the Eagles to extend Sproles' contract?
The Saints were the subject of much scrutiny for how they handled the process, but they should be applauded for sending Sproles somewhere that gives him the best chance to succeed.
The fact Sproles put ink to a contract extension with the Eagles already reveals his feelings about his surroundings. He joins a backfield with LeSean McCoy and a passing attack that features DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper in an innovative offense that makes the Eagles contenders.
Sproles' extension helps ensure the potency of Philadelphia's attack for years to come.