Report: Eagles “unlikely” to resign RB Miles Sanders this offseason
Despite Miles Sanders’ desire to remain in Philadelphia, it doesn’t seem like the Eagles are willing to give their RB1 a new contract this offseason.
According to Fox Sports NFC East reporter Ralph Vacchiano, Sanders, “is likely gone,” this offseason.
“The Eagles offense might be built around the running game, but it’s not built around a running back,” Vacchiano writes. “That’s why Miles Sanders, coming off a career year with 1,269 yards and 11 touchdowns, is likely gone. No one believes Roseman will invest any amount of serious money in that position. He prefers to invest in his offensive line and just plug in healthy bodies behind it.”
With all the pending free agents the Eagles have to account for this offseason, Sanders was likely going to be the odd-man out, for a number of reasons.
First, Howie Roseman has never signed his running backs to big money, as Vacchiano points out. Spotrac estimates Sanders’ annual market value at $7.2M, which would make him the tenth-highest paid back in football.
$7.2M actually seems pretty reasonable. If the front office didn’t have to resign/replace essentially their entire starting defense, that number would be manageable. Not to mention Jalen Hurts’ impending contract extension, which will have obvious effects on where the team allocates their funds for years to come.
I like Sanders as a back. I think he’s a good player and adds a level of explosiveness to the running game. I’m just not sold on keeping him long-term because he had a breakout 2022 campaign. Almost every single player on the Eagles roster had a career year in 2022. It’s about the sum of the parts here.
These are the type of tough decisions that will become a yearly tradition after Hurts gets his new contract. Get used to it, Eagles fans.
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