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NFC East Watch: Eagles Trade for RB Darren Sproles

Philly sent a fifth round pick to New Orleans in exchange for Sproles



    The reigning NFC East-champion Philadelphia Eagles have added to their already loaded offensive attack, trading a fifth round pick to the New Orleans Saints for running back Darren Sproles on Thursday.

    "Darren Sproles is an unbelievable offensive weapon,” said Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, per ESPN. "He can do it all--run, catch--plus he's a proven winner. And on top of that, he can bring all of those dynamic skills to the return game as well. There is no question we were all excited once we found out we were going to be able to trade for him.”

    Not that Kelly’s offense was terribly devoid of weapons before this. They already have the NFL’s reigning rushing champion in LeSean McCoy, a top-ten receiver in DeSean Jackson and a young quarterback in Nick Foles who led the NFL in passer rating after taking over the starting job.

    Eagles’ general manager Howie Roseman believes the addition of Sproles will only make the offense (and special teams unit) more dangerous.

    "Darren is a player that we have admired for many years--he's a proven performer at a high level," Roseman said. "He's such a dangerous back, and he's a great piece to add to our offense and to our special teams. We spent considerable time in order to try to make this happen, and we were very happy to get a deal done with New Orleans."

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