In a fairly surprising move, Chargers running back Darren Sproles has been told by the front office in San Diego that he will be a free agent this off-season, after the team decided not to tender him an offer.

Coming on the heels of their decision to release fellow running back and future Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson, the Chargers are now facing the prospect of having a completely new backfield next fall. Sproles would have had to have been offered no less than $7.3 million by San Diego for this season, and while his value to the franchise is significant given his contributions in the return game, the cost likely made the choice much clearer for the Chargers brass.

Sproles could end up re-signing with the club at a team-friendly rate prior to the free agency period start, but for now it seems as though he is content with the ability to test his value on the open market. Teams that are likely to be interested include New England, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Seattle, and San Francisco.

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