Thursday, July 28, 2011
Tiny Sproles had a big impact in San Diego
By Bill Williamson
In the end, Darren Sproles received more money than what the San Diego Chargers wanted to pay him. So, after paying him more than $13 million the past two years combined, the Chargers say good-bye to the exciting, diminutive do-everything offensive weapon.
Sproles reportedly agreed to terms with New Orleans, where he’ll replace Reggie Bush.
The Chargers would have liked to bring back Sproles, but they have long expected that he likely would not return. The Chargers didn’t want to overpay for a luxury player anymore. Sproles’ fate was virtually sealed when the Chargers took Connecticut running back/returner Jordan Todman in the sixth round. He will fill Sproles’ role.
The Chargers feel good about their running backs, Ryan Mathews and Mike Tolbert, and are ready to move on.
Sproles leaves with a good legacy. He was an explosive player and he had several highlights in his San Diego career. Who’ll ever forget the 2008 playoff game against Indianapolis when he virtually took the Chargers on his back and won the game?
Sproles had his time in San Diego and he was paid well for it. But now, it’s time for both the team and for him to move on.