Eagles bring back K-State legend Darren Sproles on one-year deal

Philadelphia Eagles' Darren Sproles reacts during the second half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(WIBW) - The long and successful NFL career of Kansas State legend Darren Sproles will continue with the same team this upcoming season.

On Friday, the Philadelphia Eagles announced they signed the former Wildcat to a one-year contract. The 36-year-old running back has been an Eagle for the past five years and is entering his 15th NFL season.

"My heart is in Philly," Sproles told the team's website. "That's where I want to end my career. That team, the city is like a family."

Last season, the Olathe North High School alumnus missed 10 games with a hamstring injury. In fact, he's played in just nine games over the past two seasons and at one point, even planned to retire after the 2018 campaign.

But he's put hanging the cleats up off for another year, making it sound like he wants to retire as an Eagle in style.

"I really want to go out on top," Sproles said. "That's what I really want to do. I can't wait to get back with the guys."

His reputation is known as one of the most dynamic yard-gainers in the NFL. Sproles ranks sixth all time in total combined yards with 19,520 and has scored 57 all-purpose touchdowns for his career.

“We are excited to bring Darren back," the team said in a statement. "It isn’t very often that you have the opportunity to add a player who has the sixth-most total yards in NFL history. He is the ultimate professional, and a leader on and off the field.

"He will add another proven talent to our running back room. His dynamic punt return skills are second to none. We can’t wait to get started next week.”

Eagles players will report for training camp on July 24.