Will the Eagles Add a Veteran Running Back to the Roster?
As we have discussed with NFL insider Adam Caplan during Football at Four segment on The Sports Bash, the Eagles want to add a veteran running back to their backfield mix for 2020.
One of the names, they had their eye on, Carlos Hyde is off-the-board, inking a deal with the Seattle Seahawks.
But two names are still on the Eagles radar - Devonta Freeman and LeSean McCoy,
However, NFL Network's Mike Silver reports Freeman is willing to skip the 2020 season if he does not get the contract he is looking for. Caplan reported last week that Seattle made an offer to Freeman, which was reportedly the same contract Hyde just signed with the Seahawks, believed to be a one-year, $4 million deal.
So will Freeman retire, or do the Eagles still have a chance to add the talented back to their mix?
"More likely he realizes that he should just take what he can get," said NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "A team like the Philadelphia Eagles, who would like to add a veteran running back, but don't want to pay a lot for it would make a lot of sense. They also have Shady McCoy, one of their old friends in their sights as well."
If Freeman didn't like the offer from the Seahawks, there is little chance he will take a deal with the Eagles who do not want to break the bank for a situational running back.
"I'm told the Eagles don't want to pay much more than the veteran minimum," Caplan explained. " They are not looking to bring a veteran in for more than one season, they really want to look at their younger running backs."
The Eagles currently have some interesting names in their running back room, but none with much of a resume, other than Corey Clement, who was a part of the Eagles 2017 Super Bowl team. Clement is back with the team after time each of the past two seasons with injuries.
Mike Warren and Adrian Killings are both undrafted rookie free agents, and Boston Scott impressed in his brief stint with the team in 2019 as a change of pace back.