Darren Sproles has been designated the Chargers Franchise Player for 2009, reports chargers.com. His status is that of “non-exclusive” which means he can still negotiate with other teams, but the Chargers have the right to match the offer or trade him for 2 first round draft picks.
Due to this status, Sproles received a one-year contract that averages the salary of the top five RBs in the league (approx. $6 million). While he has publicly stated he wants to remain in San Diego (and all of us fans hope he does) he wanted to test the free-agent market.