Sproles headed to Philly: The speculation over where Darren Sproles will go is finished. The veteran back has been traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, where he should fit as a nice cog in Chip Kelly’s offensive machine. During his three seasons in New Orleans, Sproles averaged 77 catches per season, including a career-high 86 grabs in 2011. He’ll have a tough time reaching that number on a team that features LeSean McCoy along with a host of talented wideouts. But Sproles should still have value as a RB3 in PPR formats while allowing Shady to lighten his workload. But fear not, the Eagles lead back is still a high first-round pick.
Panthers release Smith: Steve Smith’s time with the Carolina Panthers is done. The team has released the 13-year veteran after failing to find a trade partner. While Smith had a number of very productive seasons with Carolina, he’s also not the receiver he once was. That’s not to say he can’t still be a quality player — both on the field and in fantasy — but his days as a No. 1 wideout are likely over, regardless of where he lands.
Texans keeping Schaub?: Most observers surmised that the Houston Texans were likely to part ways with Matt Schaub after the quarterback’s struggles in 2013. However, Texans beat writer John McClain suggests the team could hold on to the veteran signal-caller. That doesn’t mean they can’t or won’t pursue other options in the draft. Until that big part of Houston’s offense is settled for 2014, the draft values of the pieces around them (especially the receivers) will remain unstable.
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