The news comes via Alex Marvez of foxsports.com, who tweeted about it first:
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Breaking on FOXSports.com: NO signs SD RB Darren Sproles to 2 year contract. Story posting asap. Will tweet link.
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UPDATE: (7/28/11 10:18 CDT) Contract details have been released. It's not two years, but four! From Jason La Canfora:
Sproles is 28 years old, and has the relatively same skill set that Reggie Bush had. He can run the ball, but is better suited to catchingz passes out of the backfield. Sproles has the ability to work on both kickoff return and punt return, whereas Reggie only had the ability to return punts.
Sproles has spent the past 6 seasons in San Diego, and has had 249 rushing attempts for 1,154 yards and had 6 rushing TD. He also has 146 receptions for 1,400 yards and 11 receiving touchdowns. His 13 fumbles with 8 lost are a red flag, but hopefully the Saints can help him with his ball control issues.
Here are his complete stats as an experienced kick returner. In brief: over 114 career punt returns, he's averaged 8.2 yards and has scored twice. He has returned 258 kickoffs for a 25.8 yard average with two TDs.
When details of the contract come out, I'll be sure to update this post. So stay tuned to Canal Street Chronicles for all Saints free agency news!