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Darren Sproles Plans to Retire at the End of 2017
One more year, at least that’s the plan. The diminutive 33-year-old Darren Sproles said that the 2017 season will be his last, according to Tim McManus of ESPN. "I feel like (after 2017) it will be time," he stated. The 5’6 Sproles, who is the third oldest running back in the NFL behind Frank Gore and DeAngelo Williams, signed a one-year extension through 2017 during the summer. His hope is to remain in Philadelphia, which acquired him from the New Orleans Saints in 2014 for a fifth-round pick. "That’s not up to me. That’s up to the people upstairs. I’ve got nothing to do with that. But that’s the plan," Sproles said. Sproles is scheduled to make a base salary of $4 million next season if the Eagles decide to bring him back, but there wouldn’t any dead money if he is cut. I don’t see why he wouldn’t be back, however. He has 406 rushing yards (4.8 YPC), 423 receiving yards and four total touchdowns. He’s always a viable option on 3rd-and-medium because of his threat coming out of the backfield as a receiver. He also remains a huge weapon in the return game.