Adam Schefter over at ESPN is reporting the San Diego Chargers, in the process of completely rebuilding their running back corps, will not tender a contract to RB Darren Sproles, making Sproles an unrestricted free agent - In the same week the Chargers decided to release running back LaDainian Tomlinson, they also opted not to tender running back Darren Sproles, freeing him to leave the team in free agency without any compensation, said a source close to the situation.
If the Chargers wanted to retain Sproles' rights, they would have had to tender him with an offer of nearly $7.3 million for the coming season by March 4. But San Diego deemed that price too high, giving its running back the chance to test free agency. San Diego still would like to re-sign him, and it could, but it will face competition from other teams.
Now San Diego's backfield is expected to take on a significantly different look next season, whether or not Sproles returns.
While I have zero interest in LaDainian Tomlinson, Sproles is exactly the type of player the Broncos need. A dynamic offense force - both on 3rd down and in the return game - Sproles would provide the type of game-breaker the Broncos are lacking. It would also allow Eddie Royal to focus 100% of his energy on being a wide receiver.
The Chargers still have roster questions surrounding WR Vincent Jackson, WR Malcom Floyd, CB Antonio Cromartie and LB Shawne Marriman. Questions abound in San Diego.