Last offseason it was rumored that the Kansas City Chiefs were planning to target potential free agent RB Darren Sproles. It was being reported that the San Diego Chargers were not going to tender Sproles and that the Chiefs could be one of his biggest suitors.
It made sense. Sproles is from Kansas City and the Chiefs were about to embark on a draft where they would look to add players with speed and play-mnaking ability. They were also in desperate need of a return man.
Not long after the report that the Chiefs were interested in Sproles, the Chargers changed course and tendered the RB, taking him off the free agent market.
The Chiefs went on to draft RB/WR Dexter McCluster. McCluster, who shares some of the same skills as Sporles, seemed to be a dynamic backup plan. The team doubled up their efforts to strengthen the return game by taking CB Javier Arenas.
Sproles and Arenas had varying degrees of success as rookies. McCluster’s punt return for a TD in Week 1 against the Chargers turned out to be the difference in that game. While he never returned to the end zone as a return man, McCluster did contribute early in the season as a RB/WR before a high ankle sprain effectively ended his season. Even when he returned to action, McCluster was obviously still ailing and had lost some of his speed and cutting ability.
There is no doubt that McCluster is an effective weapon when healthy but his lack of size raises concerns as to how durable he will be in the NFL. Should the NFL and the players sign a new CBA sometime this summer, there could be a late free agency that would see players like Sproles reemerge on the market.
My question to you is this: If the Chiefs were interested in Sproles before, will they be again? Should they be?