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Zach Ertz reacts to Philly bringing back Darren Sproles

Zach Ertz, Darren Sproles

Philadelphia Eagles fans weren’t the only ones thrilled to find out that Darren Sproles has decided to put off retirement and sign a one-year deal to continue his playing career in the City of Brotherly Love. As evidenced by his tweet in response to the news, Eagles star tight end Zach Ertz seems as excited by Sproles’ return as anyone.

Sproles, whose contract expired after the 2018 season, had been contemplating retirement until finally make a decision on his future on Friday. The Eagles open training camp on July 24, with the team’s first full practice the following day. A 14-year veteran, Sproles said after signing another one-year contract last summer that 2018 would be his final NFL campaign.

The 36-year-old has been with Philadelphia since 2014, when he was acquired in a trade from the New Orleans Saints. He spent his first three seasons with the team further establishing himself as one of the league’s most dynamic overall playmakers, consistently making an impact in the running game, passing game, and return game. Sproles has played in just nine games over the past two seasons, though, beset by an ACL tear in 2017 and a hamstring strain last season.

Expect the Eagles, with quality depth at running back, to prioritize Sproles’ health first and foremost this season. Despite age and injury concerns, his quickness, vision, and versatility should still make him a worthwhile offensive option for Philadelphia, especially on plays designed to get him the ball in open space.

The Eagles, with franchise quarterback Carson Wentz fully healthy, are one of several teams poised to compete for the NFC crown in 2019.