After finishing 5-12 during the 2022 season, the Denver Broncos need a lot of help. And, they could get that help from Eagles’ running back Miles Sanders.
The 25-year-old who is now weeks away from entering free agency is coming off his career-best. But will that be enough to stay in Philadelphia? According to rumors, there’s a strong possibility he’s heading west.
SANDERS COMES OFF CAREER-BEST SEASON
Finishing his fourth professional year in Philadelphia, Sanders is coming off a massive season.
Playing in all 17 games (his first full season since being a rookie), he finally surpassed the 1,000+ yard mark. With 259 attempts and 1,269 rushing yards, Sanders scored 11 touchdowns — more than his first three seasons combined.
In all three of Philadelphia’s post-season games, Sanders continued to play an important role in the team’s rushing success. Despite sharing snaps, he completed 35 attempts for 148 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Both scores were made against the San Francisco 49ers, sending the Eagles to the Super Bowl.
Ending the season as a first-time Pro Bowler, Miles Sanders is now looking for a new contract.
IS A NEW HOME IN THE RUNNING BACKS FUTURE?
On roster, the Denver Broncos have four running backs — Javonte Williams, Tyler Badie, Damarea Crockett, and Chase Edmonds. Latavius Murray, now a free-agent, was the only real producer, finishing with 703 yards. Behind him was a far cry for help, with the next running back completing 318 yards.
The Broncos could in fact bring back Murray, but with the injuries the team has dealt with in 2022, they could be looking for someone more reliable.
Sanders, who has been underrated since the start of his career is among the best options of running backs on the open market. With a multi-year deal, he is expected to earn approximately $7 million per season, becoming one of the top-ten highest-paid running backs in the NFL.
The problem is — Denver can afford it, and it’s very possible that Philadelphia can’t.
The Eagles are not projected to have any cap space without freeing up room. Though Howie Roseman is a master of his craft in this, Philadelphia always has Kenneth Gainwell to fall back on. The second-year running back comes cheap at $940,000. Though he only had 240 rushing yards for the season, he scored four touchdowns, making many wonder how productive he could be if he got more playing time.
With talks running rampant, Miles Sanders took to social media today, re-posting his love for Philly. The post which included a picture of himself (with Damar Hamlin) was quoted. It stated, ‘Miles Sanders: “I love Philly. Just bring me back. I hope they bring me back.” When asked if he had a message to Howie Roseman/the organization: “I love you. I hope you love me too.”‘
If the Eagles come up with the money, Sanders’ contract could be extended. He could also be franchise tagged. If he remains a free agent by March 15, he’s fair game.