Report: Eagles RB Darren Sproles Plans to Retire After 2017

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

While Darren Sproles continues to impress as the Eagles combination running back/receiver and punt return specialist, the 33-year-old is starting to see his career wind down.

That day may come sooner than you think, as Sproles told ESPN's Tim McManus this week.

"I feel like [after 2017] it will be time," Sproles said.

"[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 has had a successful career, playing 11 seasons in the NFL. The 2017 season would be his 12th.

So far this season, Sproles has played in 14 games, rushing for 406 yards and two touchdowns on 85 carries. Sproles also has 49 catches for 423 yards and two touchdowns. Sproles also has 17 punt returns for 224 yards, his longest being 66 yards.

In his Eagles career, Sproles has played in 45 games. He has 225 rushing attempts for 1,052 yards and 11 touchdowns, as well as 144 catches for 1,198 yards and three touchdowns. Sproles also has returned 94 punts in his three seasons with the Eagles for 1,176 yards and four touchdowns.

Prior to joining the Eagles, Sproles played five seasons with the San Diego Chargers — he was their fourth-round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft — and three seasons with the New Orleans Saints. The Eagles acquired Sproles from New Orleans in 2014 for a fifth-round draft pick.