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Report: Eagles got calls about trading Darren Sproles during draft

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 13: Darren Sproles #43 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after he returned a punt in the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Lincoln Financial Field on December 13, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Buffalo Bills 23-20. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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Running back Darren Sproles isn’t taking part in organized team activities with his Eagles teammates on Tuesday and it appears that there’s a chance he won’t be teammates with those players for too much longer.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Eagles received calls from other teams during the draft about trading for Sproles. Rapoport adds that Sproles is staying away from voluntary work with the team “until it’s sorted out,” which suggests that a deal sending him to another team is a possibility.

Kenjon Barner is the only back with NFL experience on the current roster other than Sproles and Ryan Mathews, whose injury history is such that having options in reserve seems like a good idea. The Eagles drafted Wendell Smallwood in the fifth round and a move involving Sproles may be more likely if his practice work this spring leads to thoughts that he’s ready to contribute early in his career.

Sproles is also the team’s punt returner, which would be another spot they’d need to address in the event they move on without the veteran in 2016.