Chargers GM A.J. Smith was very noncommittal when asked about the possibility of retaining impending free agent Darren Sproles for 2009.
The sides only had informal talks about an extension during the season and Smith does not view Sproles as more than a situational back/returner. "I have no idea on Darren Sproles," he said. "We would love to have Darren Sproles, and my understanding is he would love to be a Charger. That's a good start." Smith shouldn't hold his breath. No player has the ability to increase his 2009 market value more than Sproles during this postseason.
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
There are many of us who love what Rock's done for this team, but the truth of the matter is, he is not an elite KR. KR is something this team has lacked for many, many years, and Sproles is the best.
If he can be had for not much money, how would you guys feel about signing him as our KR/Lighting to Clinton's thunder?? That's also something we need to address, since the NFL has shown us over the years that it's imperative to have two nice RBs. I am not taking anything away from Betts, but he is not a homerun threat, neither is Portis anymore. I think a backfield consisting of Portis and Sproles would be one of the best, if not THE best.
And since we do need picks, Betts can join Rogers to grab us 2-3 more picks in the coming draft.