Report: Redskins 'leading contender' for Sproles

Report: Redskins 'leading contender' for Sproles
March 10, 2014, 2:30 pm
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Is Darren Sproles headed for Washington?

The former Saints back who was released over the weekend in a salary cap move would be a good fit for the Redskins, giving Robert Griffin III a target who is a threat to take it the distance whenever he touches the ball. And Mike Freeman of the Bleacher Report says that he could land in D. C.

“Washington right now seems to be the leading contender” to sign Sproles Freeman said.

To be sure, Sproles is not the dangerous weapon he was when he was with the Chargers and in his first year with the Saints. In New Orleans in 2011 He caught 86 passes for 710 yards and seven touchdowns and threw in 603 rushing yards and another couple of touchdowns on the ground. Oh, and he also returned a punt for a TD.

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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’ll be 31 before the season starts and he may have lost a step but he still could be a very useful weapon. It’s unlikely that he would cut into any of Alfred Morris’ carries but the roles of Sproles and Roy Helu Jr. could overlap so that would have to be sorted out.

Freeman said that Sproles will have “a lot of suitors” so him landing in Washington is far from a sure thing. But it’s something to keep an eye on and something that Griffin might like to see happen.