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Eagles Add Darren Sproles in Trade With Saints

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The Philadelphia Eagles acquired running back Darren Sproles from the New Orleans Saints for a fifth-round draft pick on Thursday, giving Coach Chip Kelly another versatile threat for his offense.

"He can do it all — run, catch — plus he's a proven winner," Kelly said. "And on top of that, he can bring all of those dynamic skills to the return game as well."

Sproles, 30, leads the NFL with 13,806 all-purpose yards since 2007, but he ranked in the bottom four among qualifiers in punt return average (6.7 yards per return) last season. In addition, his numbers in three major offensive categories — catches (71), receiving yards (604) and rushing yards (220) — went down for a third straight year.

He is joining an up-tempo offense, however, that set Eagles records for points (442), total net yards (6,676), touchdowns (53) and gross passing yards (4,406) last season, Kelly's first with Philadelphia.

"Darren is a player that we have admired for many years," said General Manager Howie Roseman of the Eagles, who also agreed to a two-year contract with the former Miami Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll.

The Saints will get the second of Philadelphia's two fifth-round picks in May. The Eagles acquired that pick from the Patriots in an October trade involving defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga.

Carroll, 27, allowed just 43 receptions in 451 coverage snaps last season, according to Pro Football Focus. Opposing quarterbacks had a passer rating of 65.0 when targeting him.

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