Kristian: Value for Sproles is what the Saints got
Considering Darren Sproles was drafted in the 4th round in 2005 by the San Diego Chargers, and the Saints acquired in him free agency in 2011, New Orleans got tremendous value in recieving a 5th round draft choice from the Eagles in exchange for Sproles.
Teams across the league have cut all-pro players like Demarcus Ware (Cowboys) and Derrell Revis (Tampa) and didn't get any compensation. The Saints turned Sproles into a great return. If you look at the draft history of the Saints in the 5th round, it's impressive. The Black and Gold have turned five fifth-round picks into starters since 2002; Carl Nicks, Thomas Morstead, Corey White, Kenny Stills, Rob Nincovich.
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Sproles' production dropped off dramatically in 2013. He tallied just four explosive plays of 20+ yards last season. Sproles had over 70 receptions last season with the saints and while that production might be missed, he was virtually a non-factor in the running game.
His production in the return game also saw a drastic drop-off. In 2011, Sproles averaged 18.7 yards per punt return. In 2013, his average dipped to 12.9 yards per return. In kickoff returns, Sproles averaged 27.2 yards in 2011, and in 2013 it fell to 21.7.
Overall, it was a necessary move, and with money saved, it allowed the Saints to bring in Safety Jairus Byrd and gain a draft choice.
Once again, another Houdini-type move from the Saints front office!