Did Chargers find out what Sproles was up to?

Darren Sproles was just a few hours away from tasting freedom.

Unfortunately, that window has now been slammed shut.

The veteran running back—according to a report earlier this week—was going to have the opportunity to test the free agent waters as the San Diego Chargers were not expected to tender him. This was excellent news for Sproles and agent Gary Wichard, who were hoping to cash in on the running back’s freedom.

But that dream was short-lived as the Bolts announced earlier today they were placing the highest tender on Sproles, guaranteeing him a contract of $7.27 million in 2010 and protecting themselves from other bidders in the process. Now, if another team wants a crack at signing the dynamic running back, they’ll have to pony up both a first and third round pick to San Diego as compensation.

But the real question here is why did the Chargers change their minds just a few hours before the start of free agency?

Because they smelled something was afoot.

According to a tweet from our own Michael Lombardi, the chatter around the league today was that Sproles had already found a potential suitor and when the Bolts heard the news, they made the move.

“The talk all day was Sproles having a team picked & SD got wind and sent him the tender...life in the NFL,” tweeted Lombardi.

Business 101.

At least Sproles has a $7.27 million one-year contract to fall back on.

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