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NFL Free Agency: Darren Sproles, Reggie Bush Evade St. Louis Rams With Same Shifty Move

Darren Sproles and Reggie Bush both seemed to be at the top of the St. Louis Rams' shopping list as NFL Free Agency intensified, but each managed to escape the team's grasp in the same move when Reggie Bush left the Saints for the Dolphins and the Saints responded by signing Darren Sproles. Exit: The shifty running backs. Enter: Yet another plan for reducing Steven Jackson's carries.

The good news for Rams fans is that with Josh McDaniels and his two-tight-end sets at the helm and Sam Bradford another year older, Jackson's carries might come down organically. The bad news is that he remains less than open to a conventional platoon arrangement, or even anything that smacks of one, and as he becomes more and more the elder statesman of the team they'll have to find a way to placate him while doing what's in their best interest--not to mention his own.

It was never a sure thing that the Rams would end up with either Sproles or Bush, but I must say I was a little surprised when reports came out that both would skip out in one fell swoop.