"We plan on Darren being here," said GM A.J. Smith. "If he gets an offer sheet (from another team), he will cost a team two No. 1s, or we could match the offer. Obviously we don't know what other teams think about Darren."
RB Darren Sproles
Tomlinson is coming off an injury-riddled season in which he set career-lows in attempts (292) and rushing yards (1,110). However, he preceded that down year by winning back-to-back league rushing titles.
"This does not affect our ability to negotiate a new contract with LT," said Smith of Sproles' franchise designation. "We're hopeful of getting a new deal done with [LT]."
The Chargers will keep working on a new deal for Sproles, as well. Even though the team now controls his movement this offseason, San Diego would like to lock him up with a long-term deal that is more cap friendly.
Sproles finished last season with 61 carries for 330 yards (5.4 ypc) and a touchdown; 29 receptions for 342 yards (11.8 avg) and five TDs; 53 kickoff returns for 1,376 yards (26.0 avg) and a score; and 22 punt returns for 249 yards (11.3 avg).
During the playoffs, he totaled 328 all-purpose yards in an overtime win against the Indianapolis Colts, the third-highest total in postseason history.
"Darren has been a valuable contributor to our team, both on offense and special teams," Smith said. "He is a young and improving player. We expect we'll utilize his many talents as we have in the past and he'll be a valuable asset in the coming season."
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