Darren Sproles says he felt 'disrespected' by the Saints
Darren Sproles says he felt 'disrespected' by the Saints
Thursday October 2nd, 2014

Darren Sproles said on Thursday that he felt "disrespected" by the manner in which the New Orleans Saints handled his trade to the Philadelphia Eagles in March, according to

Sproles, currently in his tenth season, was given the impression by Saints coach Sean Payton that he would be released, only to later find out through Twitter that he would instead be traded to Philadelphia.

"Listen, I understand this business and all that, but (when they talked about trading him) they put it up on Twitter. That's how I found out," Sproles said.

"There was a screen shot and a friend of mine texted it to me. I felt they did me wrong...That's just not right."

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This spring, New Orleans looked poised to release Sproles outright, but the flurry of interest that emerged after news of his release came out caused the Saints to reconsider.

He was ultimately sent to Philadelphia in exchange for a fifth-round pick.

So far this season Sproles has rushed 18 times for 121 yards and two touchdowns. He also has 198 yards on 16 receptions, including seven catches for 152 yards in Week 2 against the Indianapolis Colts.

He also returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers.

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He has been named both NFC Special Teams Player of the Week and NFC Offensive Player of the Week this year, the first in league history to do so.

When asked about the Saints' 38-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Sproles said, reportedly with a slight grin, that he had seen that.

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