It’s been reported that the Washington Redskins might sign New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles to a free agent contract. The position of running back hasn’t been deemed as a big position of need for the Redskins, so why would they need Sproles?
The already have one of the best runners in the league in Alfred Morris, and Roy Helu Jr. has proven to be a very good receiver out of the backfield, and he’s good as a change of pace runner as well. Signing Sproles would indicate the Redskins think he can add something they don’t have.
One skill Sproles has is obvious, his ability as a kick returner. Although I doubt the Redskins would sign him for that purpose alone, it’s still something the Redskins need. Also, as good a receiver that Helu is out of the backfield. Sproles has proven himself to be one of the best receivers as a running back in the NFL.
So maybe the Redskins want to really ramp up their passing game by adding a weapon like Darren Sproles to offset what they have at receiver. Sproles is also a good runner too, and is definitely a weapon that could be used in a variety of ways. We’ll have to see though if the Redskins indeed sign him to a contract.