Why The Steelers Can’t And Won’t Trade For Saints RB Darren Sproles

According to a Tuesday report by Adam Schefter of ESPN, the New Orleans Saints now plan on trying to trade running back Darren Sproles instead of releasing him, because of “heavy interest” in him.

After that report circulated heavily, I received two emails from listeners of the podcast who both asked about the possibility of the Pittsburgh Steelers trading for the 30-year-old longtime Saint.

For starters, if the Steelers did indeed want to trade for Sproles, it would be a bad idea as they would inherit the $3.4 million base salary he’s scheduled to earn in 2014, along with the $100,000 workout bonus he will also be due. Being as their currently around $5 million under the salary cap at the close of Wednesday’s business, you can clearly see why that simply will not fly.

In addition to his high salary, 2014 is the final year of Sproles’ current contract and that means if the two sides were unable to work out some kind of extension that he could be gone to the highest bidder next offseason as an unrestricted free agent.

On top of everything else, while Sproles has been a highly productive running back over the course of the last five seasons, he is 30 and will actually turn 31 prior to the start of the 2014 season. Having a running back on the wrong side of 30 is risky proposition and one the Steelers should avoid unless they can get him at a very good price.

If the Saints are ultimately unable to trade Sproles, they will undoubtedly release him and if the Steelers really do have interest in him, they can try to sign him to a much cheaper one or two-year deal at that point. The only problem with that is that several other teams with a lot more cap space than the Steelers have will more than likely be trying to do the same.

In short, don’t expect to see Sproles in a Steelers uniform in 2014.

  • Brian Tollini

    I would much rather see them draft a RB in rounds 5-7. Tauren Poole is going to make this team anyway, I see him as a solid backup, but we still need a change-of-pace RB.

  • James Kling

    Not a lot they can do at $5M under, I would think.

    What if they extended Ben? Any cap advantage for 2014?

  • Brian Tollini

    That would help, extending Worilds is probably the biggest savings they will get.

  • dgh57

    With the status of Hood, Woods, and Keisel still in doubt it would be better to use what cash is left and therefore worry about the situation we have with the DL as none of them have been resigned as of yet. Or go the FA route which is beginning to look like(for now at least)that’s the way they are going.

  • Josh Knepshield

    Al Woods signs with Titans…..sigh *Facepalm

  • dkoy85

    That was a bad report that was touched on in a separate article on this site.

  • dkoy85

    Worilds and Ben could be signed to an extension and Timmons restructured. All of which would free up +/- $10 million.

  • Nolrog

    The Steelers should go after .
    We should bring back

  • ScottB

    While he is explosive, I don’t see why the Steelers would be interested in a 3+ mil change of pace back. One can be had for the minimum late in the draft.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Not to change the subject BUT do we receive any comp picks next yr for the players we lost?

  • Steve

    Depends on how much they play and the contract they sign. Steelers need to wait and use their money wisely, which they did not do with Mitchell. Will give you that our new safety is fast, but we could have got a lot more of player for 25 mil…Denver is reloading on D.. they are the team to beat although they did get beat in the Superbowl.