The Redskins are trying to trade for Saints running back Darren Sproles, according to a report.
Adam Schefter of ESPN said via Twitter that the Redskins are “making a push” to pull off a deal for the Saints’ running back, who New Orleans is trying to deal in a salary cap maneuver.
Last year Sproles caught 71 passes for 604 yards (8.5 avg.) and two touchdowns and carried the ball 53 times for 220 yards and two TD’s.
He will be 31 before the season starts and he is not as dynamic as he once was but he could still be a very useful weapon and target for Robert Griffin III. If the Redskins acquire him he probably would not cut into any of Alfred Morris’ snaps or carries but instead he would be used in passing situations.
If the Redskins traded for him they would have to pick up his $3.4 million salary and $100,000 workout bonus. That would put a dent in their remaining salary cap space, which is estimated to be $12.3 million.
The Redskins could work out a contract extension for him to lessen the first-year cap hit but there is also the question of what the Redskins would give up in return for Sproles. They have their draft picks in rounds 2-7 but giving up a mid-round draft pick or even a late one in exchange for a 31-year-old running back who isn’t going to be your starter would be a questionable strategy for a team that is rebuilding.
At first the Saints were going to release Sproles but when they saw that 10 teams were interested in signing him, they decided to try to trade him instead. The Redskins were reported to be one of the favorites to land him if he had been released so it’s logical that they might try to trade for him.
Stay tuned for developments in this one, perhaps a creative solution can be found.