A Philadelphia Eagles star could sign with an NFC rival.
As proposed by CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin in an article matching the top free agent running backs with teams that make sense, Benjamin writes how the Carolina Panthers could be a potential destination for Miles Sanders.
“Sanders loves Philly, but the Eagles aren’t typically in the business of shelling out top dollar for the position, and their Super Bowl bid featured more of Kenneth Gainwell,” says Benjamin. “Coming off a career year as a more physical, traditional ball-carrier, Sanders would fit in nicely in Carolina, where ex-Eagles coordinator Frank Reich now employs Duce Staley, Sanders’ old position coach. The Panthers still have Chuba Hubbard, but top back D’Onta Foreman is scheduled to hit the market as well.”
Why Miles Sanders Will Be in High Demand in Free Agency
The 25-year-old Sanders is coming off of a career year and his first Pro Bowl berth. The four-year veteran helped spearhead the Eagles’ rushing attack, posting 1,269 yards and 11 touchdowns. Sanders finished the year ranked fifth in the league in rushing yards and eighth in rushing touchdowns.
According to Pro Football Focus, Sanders posted a 74.0 offensive grade and 82.3 rushing grade last season. Among all running backs (with at least 100 snaps lined up on the field on run plays), Sanders ranked 29th in offensive grade and 17th in rushing grade.
Due to Sanders’ breakout season, he’s projected to be one of the top running backs in free agency. According to Spotrac, Sanders’ market value is $7.2 million per year, which would make him the 10th-highest paid running back in the NFL.
With the Eagles facing salary cap issues, it’s very possible Philadelphia simply allows Sanders to walk in free agency. Entering the 2023 offseason, the Eagles have a little over $1 million in available cap space, ranking 22nd in the league. Philadelphia will also be faced with attempting to re-sign eight defensive starters along with a possible contract extension for quarterback Jalen Hurts.
In other words, the Eagles simply may not have a choice when it comes to bringing back Sanders, especially when considering he’ll likely receive a lot of attention in free agency.
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