Running back Darren Sproles made it clear why he decided to re-sign with the Eagles earlier this offseason.
Sproles planned for 2017 to be his final NFL season, but a torn ACL and broken arm meant that he spent most of the year on injured reserve. He said in May that he didn’t want that to be his final act as an NFL player and added that his daughter’s request that he play one more year sealed the deal for him.
Sproles repeated that inspiration in a post on his own website earlier this month while also revealing something else that’s on his mind as he gets ready for what he says will be his final year.
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G.M. Bob Quinn told PFT Live in March that the Lions weren’t likely to sign Ansah to a long-term contract, opting instead to give new coach Matt Patricia a chance to evaluate Ansah before making a decision about the future. If the Lions choose to keep Ansah under the tag in 2019, he’ll be entitled to a 20-percent raise over his 2018 salary, which equates to $20.57 million.
Ansah has been an up-and-down performer for the Lions. He followed a career-high 14.5 sacks in 2015 with only 2.0 in 2016; injuries limited his effectiveness that year, even though he missed only three games. In 2017, he rebounded with 12.0 sacks in 14 games.
C.J. Anderson had an ability to create extra yardage with a so-so run blocking group that his replacement, Devontae Booker, has yet to show in limited opportunities. That’s why Denver spent a third-round pick on Royce Freeman. Bradley Roby should be a fine replacement for Aqib Talib, but there’s no telling what Denver is getting out of Roby’s replacement, whether it’s Tramaine Brock, Brendan Langley or rookie Isaac Yiadom. The third corner spot will likely be a downgrade. Interior offensive linemen Max Garcia and Connor McGovern were liabilities in 2017, especially during Ron Leary’s absence due to injury, and the Broncos did next to nothing to improve the guard position.