Norv Turner wants Darren Sproles back

May, 4, 2011
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Despite the fact that the San Diego Chargers drafted two return men and a change-of-pace running back, the San Diego Union Tribune reports that coach Norv Turner said he wants to keep free-agent running back Darren Sproles.

Turner told the paper: “One of the guys I’m very interested in keeping on our football team and is a big part of what we do and will still be a big part of what we do if we keep him here is Darren Sproles. The fact we drafted a back and where he fits in would not affect our situation with Darren.”

San Diego drafted defensive back/returner Marcus Gilchrist of Clemson in the second round. In the sixth round, San Diego took Connecticut running back/returner Jordan Todman, who is considered by many as a steal. It seems like San Diego is, at least, preparing for Sproles to leave.

Sproles will be pricey and he could be attractive on the open market. Regardless of what Turner said, preparing for Sproles’ departure was the right call.

In other AFC West developments on Wednesday afternoon:

Football blogger -- and Turner’s daughter -- Stephanie Turner sticks up for the Chiefs’ decision to draft Pitt receiver Jon Baldwin.

The Denver Post has a look at the incredible story of third-round pick Nate Irving, who overcame an almost fatal car accident to become the starting middle linebacker in Denver.

Sports Illustrated's Peter King thinks the Dolphins regret their trade of Brandon Marshall last year. Who didn’t see this coming? Did you pay attention to Marshall’s antics in Denver, Miami? Trading Marshall was Josh McDaniels’ one gift to Denver.

While on “SportsCenter” Wednesday, Jets coach Rex Ryan said he and his coaching staff are using the extra time because of the lockout to study the four AFC West teams and four NFC East teams that they will play this season.

In an Insider piece, Insider Mel Kiper thinks Kansas City third-round pick, pass-rusher Justin Houston, can be an impact player as a rookie.

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