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Darren Sproles traded to Eagles

Darren SprolesDarren Sproles has done an awful lot of complaining over the past 48 hours for a player who wound up being traded to a playoff contender. Sproles was unhappy that he found out on Twitter that the New Orleans Saints were planning to trade him. He then said publicly that he would rather be cut than traded. On Thursday, Sproles was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Saints reportedly received a fifth-round pick for Sproles, who should provide Philadelphia with an instant boost on offense and special teams if he can remain healthy. Chip Kelly loves to utilize all of his weapons on offense, and Sproles could be a tremendous asset spelling LeSean McCoy and catching passes out of the backfield.

As Rotoworld’s Adam Levitan pointed out, the Eagles ranked 26th in kick return average and 27th in punt return average last season. Sproles should help remedy that issue.

On Wednesday night, Sproles’ wife Michele blasted the Saints organization for the way the have handled Darren. We don’t know where Sproles wanted to play and if Philly would have been a place he would have chosen to go, but it could have been much worse. He has joined a team with an arrow that is pointing up heading into the 2014 season.

Darren Sproles’ wife Michel blasts Saints on Instagram

Darren Sproles wife Michel

There is very little loyalty in the NFL, and Darren Sproles’ wife is finding that out the hard way.

Sproles’ wife, Michel, blasted the New Orleans Saints organization on Wednesday for the way they’ve handled her husband.

Sproles is entering the final year of his contract with the team. On Monday, a report said the team was likely to cut the veteran back. Then on Tuesday, Sproles found out via Twitter that the Saints were planning to trade him rather than release him.

It’s definitely been a rough time for the Sproles family to see all this play out over social media the past few days, and clearly Michel was frustrated. Here’s what she wrote:

Michel Sproles Instagram

Sproles quickly felt the heat from that Instagram note and clearly was uncomfortable. She wrote this message as a follow-up:

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Darren Sproles wants Saints to cut him, not trade him

Darren SprolesNew Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles seemed upset on Tuesday night when he found out on Twitter that the team intends to trade him. Sproles is the odd man out in what was a crowded backfield last season, and he seems fine with that. He just would rather be released than traded.

“I want to get released,” Sproles told ESPN’s Josina Anderson on Wednesday, via Pro Football Talk. “I don’t want to be traded. I don’t know where they would send me because I have no control over it and I want to be able to pick. The good thing is none of the teams I’m told they’re talking to are terrible. It’s more than two. I feel I should have more of an idea later on today.”

Unfortunately for the 30-year-old veteran, that isn’t at all how the business of the NFL works. Any player would rather have the flexibility of becoming a free agent over being traded, but any team would prefer to receive some sort of compensation for a player rather than cutting him.

Sproles is obviously not a part of Sean Payton’s future plans. If Payton didn’t think the team could get a draft pick in return for him, Sproles would have already been released. The head coach’s job is to look out for the best interest of the team. Doing Sproles a favor would be unwise in this situation.

Darren Sproles found out Saints are trying to trade him on Twitter

Darren Sproles has generated a good amount of interest on the trade front this offseason. As a result, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Tuesday that the New Orleans Saints are planning to deal him. Apparently this is not something that the team discussed with the veteran running back.

Darren SprolesWe all know how hectic this time of year can be for the NFL, and the last thing teams want to do is give up their leverage by perpetuating rumors. Anytime you try to trade a player and are unsuccessful, there’s always a risk that player could become disgruntled if he knows he was being shopped.

Sproles saw his role with the Saints decrease last season as a result of injuries and a crowded backfield. Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram and rookie Khiry Robinson all received touches as Sean Payton went with a hot hand approach. The 30-year-old Sproles appears to be the odd man out.

Don’t feel bad, bro. Plenty of professional athletes find out important stuff about themselves and their teams on Twitter these days.

Darren Sproles reportedly will be cut by Saints

Darren SprolesDarren Sproles has been a valuable member of the New Orleans Saints the past three seasons, but the team may be prepared to move on without him.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Saints are going to cut Sproles.

Sproles is entering the final year of his four-year deal with the team and was set to earn $3.5 million next season. On Thursday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the team was open to trading Sproles and running back Pierre Thomas, so hearing this news a day later is not surprising.

The Saints will likely try to trade Sproles first and then cut him if they’re unable to find a taker.

Sproles was a backup running back to LaDainian Tomlinson in San Diego before joining the Saints in 2011. He made an immediate impact as an all-purpose player, catching passes, carrying the ball and returning punts and kickoffs. His touches have decreased since his first year with the team, but he still caught 71 passes for 604 yards last season. He only scored two touchdowns, however.