New Orleans Saints trade Darren Sproles to Philadelphia Eagles

Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

The Saints have traded running back Darren Sproles to the Eagles.

After the New Orleans Saints were unable to sign tight end Jimmy Graham to a long-term extension, they slapped the franchise tag on him in hopes of buying more time. That, combined with the six-year, $54 million deal they gave Jairus Byrd, meant that there was going to be at least one big cap casualty.

For the past week, running back Darren Sproles, who was set to make $3.5 million this coming season, was on the trading block. That seems like a modest price for the league's bet pass-catching running back, but the Saints are in desperate need of cap space.

It looked as though they were set to cut him after the free agency signing period began, but they've manage to find a trade partner in the Philadelphia Eagles:

Sproles told Josina Anderson of ESPN Wednesday that he wanted the team to cut him.

"I want to get released," Sproles said. "I don’t want to be traded. I don’t know where they would send me because I have no control over it and I want to be able to pick. The good thing is none of the teams I’m told they’re talking to are terrible. It’s more than two. I feel I should have more of an idea later on today."

Sproles has been with the Saints since 2011. He is coming off the worst statistical season of his career with "just" 1,273 all-purpose yards.

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