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Kristian Garic

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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.  

READ MORE: Saints trade Sproles to Eagles

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!

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03/13/2014 9:55AM
Kristian: Value for Sproles is what the Saints got
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03/13/2014 2:45PM
You Have A Drinking Problem
This is a business I suppose but lost in the middle of your cheering for this move is how the Saints have treated their star players like garbage this off season. You've got to have a drinking problem to think this is good for the Saints. This is all about clearing cap space for Jimmy Graham. Swear to god he better lead the Saints to the Super Bowl next season for the damage he's caused in the name of the almighty dollar.
03/13/2014 10:05PM
no drinking problem
but yes, this is a good move. all he did was give us 4 tds and last I looked that is the name of the game. putting up points. granted, he was a first down machine but that was about it.
03/14/2014 12:00AM
Drunk or not, Sproles was one of the best players on the team. On the other hand, the front office might be thinking of D anthony Thomas from Oregon. He would fit in that roll good and fell in the draft so we will see.....
03/15/2014 11:29PM
That's Professional Sports
That professional sports and that is why the players have to get their money while they can. An injury or a drop in production and they are out.
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