Darren Sproles will be released by the New Orleans Saints. As a vested veteran, Sproles will immediately become an unrestricted free agent and available to sign with any team, including the Kansas City Chiefs.
Would the Chiefs be interested? I imagine there has to be some level of interest from Andy Reid and GM John Dorsey. Four years ago Sproles was deciding where to go in free agency. The Chiefs were strongly pursuing him. But the Chargers ended up tagging him and keeping him in San Diego that year.
By 2011, Sproles hit free agency. And you know who was among the finalists for his services before he chose New Orleans? Andy Reid and the Eagles.
Sproles is 30 years old but caught 70 or more passes in each of his three seasons in New Orleans. A running back who is excellent catching the ball out of the back field? Hmm ... who do we know who likes that?
My initial take is that the Chiefs probably won't sign Sproles because Knile Davis, the team's 2013 third round pick, is expected to be the one who spells Charles and returns kicks. It looks like he could be pretty good at that (barring injury) but I wouldn't complain if the Chiefs added Sproles anyway. The Chiefs want to extend Jamaal's career and having another outstanding pass catcher out of the back field would help in that regard. The Chiefs also need more explosion on offense and Sproles could potentially provide that.
I'm torn, to be honest. My interest in Sproles would come down to money. Players aren't usually getting any faster after they hit 30 years old and that's a big part of Sproles' game. The idea intrigues me.
Sproles went to high school in the area at Olathe North, where he had trouble beating Rockhurst, the city's top-rated high school football program with the best head coach in the country.