Shortly after releasing RB LaDainian Tomlinson, the San Diego Chargers have decided not to tender Darren Sproles, making him a free agent. According to NFP, the Kansas City Chiefs could be in line to sign the shifty back.
A league source told National Football Post that the Kansas City Chiefs are rumored to be interested in Sproles’ versatile ability and return skills. Sproles, who played collegiately at Kansas State, could work in tandem there with Jamaal Charles.
Sproles’ potential departure could open the door in San Diego for a player like Minnesota Vikings running back Chester Taylor, Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook or Pittsburgh Steelers runner Willie Parker.
There are a lot of people that believe the Chiefs need a “big” running back behind Jamaal Charles. But what people need to realize is that they just need a competent player to go along with Charles no matter what size and Sproles obviously fits that bill.
I would much rather have another little guy like Sproles playing with Charles than a second tier bulldozing back.
He would also solve Kansas City’s problems with both return units.
Sproles — like his former running mate Tomlinson — will be out on the market looking for a chance to start, something that Kansas City cannot offer. But if he does only get a look as a backup/special teams player there is no doubt that he can be successful as part of the Chiefs offense.