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Sproles avoiding OTAs after Eagles fielded trade calls

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Darren Sproles and Fletcher Cox are both staying away from Eagles OTAs. While Cox wants a new long-term deal, Sproles is sorting through another issue.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Eagles received calls of trade interest in the middle rounds of the NFL Draft, per sources informed of his situation. Sproles is staying away from OTAs until the issue is sorted out.

Rapoport added that the running back isn't frustrated by the situation, but is on the West Coast with his family while Eagles' practices commence.

Eagels coach Doug Pederson told reporters Tuesday that he has been in communication with Sproles and fully expects him to be at mandatory camps next month.

Sproles sits in line for a healthy workload in Philly as a perfect complement to Ryan Mathews -- the oft injured Ryan Mathews. The Eagles drafted Wendell Smallwood in the fifth-round, a West Virginia product who flashes potential as a third-down back with good pass-catching skills. With Kenjon Barner also on the roster, the Eagles would have replacement-level options if they decided to move on from the 32-year-old Sproles.

It's not a surprise teams would reach out to check on the availability of the scat back during the draft. Sproles continues to be an explosive punt returner and change-of-pace back in spurts. The 49ers make sense for a landing spot, as Chip Kelly knows Sproles' ability and needs a pass-catcher to complement Carlos Hyde. The Saints also have been fruitlessly searching for a replacement for Sproles since jettisoning him two seasons ago. Maybe the original article makes the most sense to bring back?

Seeing as these are voluntary workouts, it's not a huge deal for a veteran like Sproles to skip them and rest more in the offseason, at least until he's positive Philly will be home for 2016.

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