Minnesota Vikings Rumors: Team to Make Run at Darren Sproles?

By Andrew Fisher
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The Minnesota Vikings certainly don’t need another running back. When you have the game’s best in your backfield, adding another RB in free agency certainly isn’t a priority. However, when it comes to Darren Sproles, things might be different.

Minnesota has been identified by many as a possible landing spot for Sproles. Why? Firstly, every team can use guy like Sproles. But in the case of the Vikings, he would seemingly fit in perfectly. Adrian Peterson is an every-down franchise RB. There’s no question about it. But there’s also no question he needs more playmakers around him. Adding a dual-threat back to mix with AP would be a solid move by the Vikings’ front office.

Secondly, don’t forget that Sproles used to play for Vikings’ OC Norv Turner in San Diego. He’s going to be familiar with the system and he’ll know that Turner is going to utilize him whenever the time is right.

As an opposing defense, can you imagine trying to account for both AP and Sproles at the same time? That would be a nightmare. Hopefully for the Vikings, Sproles will realize the possibilities and be intrigued.

Let’s be clear — there are no solid leads as to where the speedy RB will play next season. But when you go through the list of realistic landing spots, the Vikings make a ton of sense.

You can argue that Minnesota still hasn’t replaced Chester Taylor, their former resident dual-threat back. With Toby Gerhart likely headed out of town, it’s time the Vikings step up and add another viable pass-catching back to the offense. In this year’s free agent class, there isn’t a player that makes more sense than Darren Sproles.


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