Speedy little Darren Sproles is staying with the San Diego Chargers after all. The Chargers placed the maximum first- and third-round tender on Sproles yesterday, one of two surprise moves in the hours before free agency began.
The Chargers also released tackle Jamal Williams, a 12-year veteran who has been the run-stuffing anchor of the defensive line.
Williams suffered an arm injury in the 2009 season opener and missed the rest of the year. He'll turn 34 next month and also has a history of knee injuries.
Sproles was offered a contract for $7,283,000. If the five-year veteran signs an offer sheet with another team, San Diego will have the right to match the offer or receive first- and third-round draft picks as compensation for losing him.
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