Eagles’ Darren Sproles Says He’s Retiring After Next Year
Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles has been one of the most elusive players since he’s been in the league. Apparently, he plans to keep that going for at least one more year, but then that’s it.
The 33-year-old Sproles stated his daughters are “getting to the age that they want their daddy around more,” and that he’s decided not to play beyond the expiration of his current contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to ESPN’s Tim McManus.
“A little bit,” he said, when asked if he is starting to get sentimental now that the end of his career is near, “but I feel like [after 2017] it will be time.”
Earlier this year, Sproles signed an extension through the 2017 season.
“[My family] wanted me to [retire] this year. I was like, ‘Nah, I can’t. I can’t.’ The thing is, when you’re chasing that ring … you really want to get that ring.”
Sproles’ base salary is $4 million for next year, but he’s not sure if the team will bring him back.
“That’s not up to me. That’s up to the people upstairs. I’ve got nothing to do with that,” Sproles said. “But (returning to the team) is the plan.”