The versatile and talented Darren Sproles hopes his successful 2008 season will earn him big money in free agency. Last season was a productive one for Sproles, both as a situational running back and as a return man. Sproles ran the ball 61 times for 330 yards (5.4 avg per carry) and scored 1 touchdown. Out of the backfield, Sproles caught 29 passes for 342 (11.8 avg per catch) and scored 5 touchdowns.
Darren Sproles was also the NFL's most prolific returner; his 1625 total punt/kick return yardage is tops in the league.
The San Diego Chargers will offer Sproles a contract with the idea that his role will remain primarily as a return man and situational running back. But chances are Sproles will be offered a much larger contract by another team. Sproles is doing the smart thing by testing the waters, but he would certainly love to stay a Charger:
“I want to stay in San Diego but we have to wait and see what happens. Your second contract, that’s the one where you have a chance to take care of yourself and your family. I enjoy my teammates and love playing for the Chargers. We’ll just see how things go down.” - Darren Sproles