Trade Rumors: How the Eagles can pair another dynamic RB with Miles Sanders
After switching up their playbook midseason, Nick Sirianni and the Eagles became the league’s most effective team on the ground.
With dual-threat QB Jalen Hurts leading the charge, Philadelphia finished the year first in total rushing yards and rushing yards per game. Even after adding star WR AJ Brown, Philly should continue to dominate on the ground in 2022 behind the best offensive line in football.
Miles Sanders has had a strong camp so far and while Gainwell showed promise as a rookie last season, the Eagles could certainly use another weapon out of the backfield.
Trade rumors have been swirling around Cleveland’s Kareem Hunt for much of the offseason as he continues to hold out for a new contract. Those rumors have reportedly come to fruition with the Browns running back officially requesting a trade, per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com:
Despite the request, Cleveland has no intention of moving Hunt ahead of the 2022 season.
The five-year veteran has been sitting out of practice since the start of training camp, and it won’t be long before the fines start rolling in. Cleveland can either hope he returns to work as the fines accumulate or get a deal done before he walks for nothing next spring.
If the Eagles are looking to add to their backfield, a trade for Hunt’s services could look like this.
Eagles get: RB Kareem Hunt
Browns get: OT Andre Dillard, 2023 5th-round pick
Bleacher Report on Hunt’s fit in Philadelphia:
“Hunt is an excellent rusher and receiver who is capable of attaining an elite stat line. He’s so comfortable as a receiver that it’s surprising the Browns didn’t use him in the slot more often when their receiving room was decimated. We’d love to see Hunt in a bigger role.”
“The Eagles are the premier landing spot for Hunt. Though he’d split time with starter Miles Sanders, Hunt would enter an offense that is run-heavy and creative enough to utilize him in various roles. Hunt’s power would complement Sanders’ slashing style well, and he could be another receiving threat for Jalen Hurts.”
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The Browns extended fellow running back D’Ernest Johnson this summer, seemingly preparing themselves for an inevitable Hunt departure. Although Hunt is coming off an injury-riddled 2021 season, he’s been productive during his three-year tenure in Cleveland, totaling over 2,100 yards from scrimmage and 19 TDs.
Miles Sanders is entering the final year of his rookie contract with extra motivation, having dealt with his own injury woes. The Eagles lead-back was amongst the league leaders in yards per carry last season, right behind Kareem Hunt’s current teammate Nick Chubb.
Yards per carry leaders last season:— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) June 4, 2022
• Rashaad Penny: 6.3
• Jonathan Taylor: 5.5
• Nick Chubb: 5.5
• Miles Sanders: 5.5
• Tony Pollard: 5.5
Side note: Jason Kelce = 🐐 pic.twitter.com/mWDLNhLPVZ
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