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Eagles Acquire Running Back Sproles From Saints for Draft Pick

The Philadelphia Eagles acquired running back Darren Sproles from the New Orleans Saints, creating a versatile backfield pairing with LeSean McCoy, the National Football League’s leading rusher last season.

The Saints will receive a fifth-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft for the 30-year-old Sproles, the team said on its website. It was one of two fifth-round picks the Eagles had heading into the May draft.

Sproles, who also returns kicks and punts, in 2011 set an NFL record with 2,696 all-purpose yards. Used primarily in the passing game, his 70 catches and 693 yards receiving last year both ranked in the top four among NFL running backs.

McCoy rushed for a league-high 1,607 yards last season, 268 yards more than the next closest player.

The Eagles won the National Football Conference East division last year with a 10-6 record, losing in the playoffs to the Saints. The team yesterday signed free agent safety Malcolm Jenkins and today agreed to terms with cornerback Nolan Carroll.

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