First LaDainian Tomlinson, and now Darren Sproles.
The San Diego Chargers have decided not to tender a contract to Sproles, allowing the speedy running back to become a free agent, a person with knowledge of the situation said Friday.
The move came four days after the team released Tomlinson, who ranks eighth on the all-time rushing list with 12,490 yards.
After Tomlinson’s release, it was widely assumed Sproles would inherit the Chargers’ starting job. He scored eight touchdowns last season, when he served as the backup to Tomlinson as well as the team’s primary kickoff and punt returner.
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If the Chargers wanted to keep Sproles, they’d have to make him an offer of about $7.3 million.
While they can still talk with Sproles about a long-term deal, other teams might want to give him a shot as a featured back.
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