On March 7, the New Orleans Saints surprisingly cut Darren Sproles.
Since entering the NFL in 2005, Sproles has been one of the most exciting players that can run, catch, return kickoffs, and return punts. His 2011 season is one of the most memorable, as he combined for 2,696 all purpose yards, the most in a single season in NFL history. Sproles is not an elite running back or receiver by an stretch of the imagination, and he usually requires another running back to assist him with a two back system. However his game breaking speed and unique special teams abilities can offer a team a lot.
So now that brings us to the New York Giants. Last year’s Giants team was historically bad when it came to the ground game rushing for just 1,332 yards, their lowest since the 1953 season. Last year’s Giants team also ranked first in the entire NFL with 48 forced punts and had the eight ranked defense. So why is that important or relevant to Sproles? Because Sproles is a big time threat when it comes to the punt return game and the Giants defense is still good.
Giants shouldn’t offer too much, especially if other teams show high interest. Sproles will be 31 years old when the 2014 NFL season begins and he is not a premier feature every down back. Sproles, who has played eight seasons in sunny San Diego and in the dome of New Orleans hasn’t experienced much outdoor inclement football weather. That’s not to say that Sproles isn’t capable of playing in MetLife Stadium, but he would have to adjust.
The Giants could certainly use the services of Sproles and his explosive speed. With an offensive that ranked 28 overall he would definitely help. But at the same time, Giants must keep true to their power run game and not overspend.
NFL free agency begins March 11.