- John Keim, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Washington Redskins had interest in Darren Sproles. As has happened often this offseason, another team landed him. According to multiple reports the Eagles traded for the New Orleans running back Thursday, adding another weapon to an already dangerous offense.
Meanwhile, Dallas defensive lineman Jason Hatcher will visit with Washington on Friday, a source said. But Hatcher is visiting with Oakland Thursday.
The Washington Post’s Mark Maske reported that the Redskins did not want to trade draft picks for Sproles. It also would have required them to pay him a base salary of $3.4 million (in addition to a workout bonus of $100,000). But it’s uncertain why the Redskins would have been interested if they didn’t want to surrender draft picks. Without much depth, there’s little else they could offer New Orleans.
Philadelphia traded a fifth-round pick for Sproles, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Regardless, it’s another weapon for the Eagles to go with LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin. Sproles would lessen the need for McCoy to handle all roles for the Eagles. And Sproles is a perfect fit for that offense, with his ability to line up all over -- he’s also excellent on bubble screens, a big part of their offense. Of course, they have done little to improve their defense aside from signing safety Malcolm Jenkins.
As for Hatcher, he played well against Washington last season and would be an end in their front. He can also collapse the pocket in their nickel rush, something the Redskins did not do enough of last season.
The 6-foot-6, 299-pound Hatcher is coming off his best season with 11 sacks, but he’ll turn 32 before the season and would command a salary probably around $5 million per year. ESPN Dallas reporter Todd Archer speculated on Hatcher’s value here. It’s tough to give a lot of money to a player who will be in his mid-30s when the contract nears the end, but that could drive down his price a little.
Hatcher did not become a full-time starter until 2011. As a 3-4 end, he recorded a combined 8.5 sacks in ’11 and ’12.