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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JANUARY 28: Gus Edwards #35 of the Baltimore Ravens runs with the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs during the third quarter in the AFC Championship Game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 28, 2024 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

There has been a lot of push for the Eagles to go after one of the free agent running backs. Rumors have swirled that there is mutual interest between them and Saquon Barkley. To be fair, Saquon running behind the Eagles O-Line would be a thing of beauty. But that has never been the Eagles way. They don’t spend big on Running backs.  

That has been a trend for most teams. We don’t see teams handing out big contracts to RBs very much anymore. The Giants aren’t even willing to pay Barkley. It’s why he is available in the first place. The RB position has never been devalued as much as it is right now.  

It is why they let Miles Sanders walk last off-season. They let Sanders leave for the Panthers, despite coming off the best season of his career. They were proven right. He had perhaps the worst year of his career in Carolina. In fairness to him, he was running behind the worst O-Line in the league and had no help on offense. But we saw that the Eagles success on the ground had far more to do with the O-Line, as opposed to who was carrying the ball.  

They find themselves potentially in need of a RB again. Just don’t expect it to be a Saquon Barkley or Josh Jacobs. Even with RB being devalued, those guys while still be out of the range the eagles would pay a RB. But the RB market being so deep, may help them get another guy cheap.  

On top of Barkley and Jacobs, guys like Austin Ekeler, Derrick Henry, and Tony Pollard are also free agents. With those guys outs there, some talented RB is going to be available for cheap. That is where the Eagles can sweep in. 

Here are 5 Affordable Running Backs Who May Fall Into The Eagles Lap: 

  • D’Andre Swift

    Let’s start with the guy they had last year. Swift’s raw numbers were probably greater than his overall play. Not to say he was bad, but he was very much a product of great blocking. When there were big holes, he busted through them to pick up big yards. But is yards after contact were near the bottom of the league. Meaning he very rarely made things happen on his own.

    If he was getting fair market value for his production, he would not be worth it for the Eagles. Nothing against him, but they can get similar production for less money. But if that number comes down, maybe he becomes worth it. And there is untapped production there if they incorporate him more into the passing game.

    Philadelphia Eagles on Twitter: "First one as an EAGLE 🤫@DAndreSwift | #MINvsPHI | #FlyEaglesFly / Twitter"

    First one as an EAGLE 🤫@DAndreSwift | #MINvsPHI | #FlyEaglesFly

  • Gus Edwards

    Edwards had 13 TDs last year. That may be more opportunity than it is ability. But he has been a great short-yardage back in his career. He has also had at least 700 yards in every season except for 2022 where he missed time with an injury.

    The downside is he brings very little as a receiver. The Eagles haven’t thrown to RBs much under Sirianni, but their offense is supposed to look different next year. We will see if that becomes a bigger part of their scheme. If they do want to do that more, Edwards may not be the best fit. But if they just want a guy who can run the ball, Edwards feels like a great option.

    NFL on Twitter: "Gus Edwards takes the hit and still gets the first down 😤📺: #BALvsLAC on NBC📱: Stream on #NFLPlus / Twitter"

    Gus Edwards takes the hit and still gets the first down 😤📺: #BALvsLAC on NBC📱: Stream on #NFLPlus

  • Devin Singletary

    Singletary is another guy who may have to settle for less than he wants. He is solid, but not in the class of guys like Pollard, Ekeler, Barkley, or Jacobs. But he is a bruising back who excels at getting yards after contact.

    Singletary finished with at least 800 rushing yards in each of his last 3 seasons. He is also slightly more useful as a receiver than Gus Edwards, with 200 yards in 3 of his seasons, and over 190 in 2. The fact he has stayed healthy for most of his career is also a nice plus.

  • JK Dobbins

    Speaking of staying healthy, that has been the biggest problem for JK Dobbins. He played in 8 games in the past 3 seasons, missing all of 2021 and all but 1 game in 2023. A good move for him would likely be a 1-year prove it deal. Because his rookie season, and in the few games he played in 2022, he looked like an elite back. In those two seasons he averaged 5.9 yards per carry.

    He is a risk, but one with potentially a huge payoff. Is that the right move for the Eagles? They won’t have much behind him if he does go down again. Kenny Gainwell is a nice piece, but he is not a lead-back. They may be better off going with someone safer. It is tempting though.

    Baltimore Ravens on Twitter: "No jokes here❗️❗️@Jkdobbins22 first career TD❗️❗️ / Twitter"

    No jokes here❗️❗️@Jkdobbins22 first career TD❗️❗️

  • Zack Moss

    Zack Moss broke out with the Colts last season. After 3 straight years of under 500 yards in a limited role with the Bills, he finally got a chance to get lead back type carries with the Colts. In that role he averaged 4.3 yards per carry, and found the end zone 5 times. Still not elite numbers. But pretty good given he was on a team with Gardner Minshew as the QB.  

    Moss averaged 2.79 yards after contact per attempt. He broke 36 tackles. He is the type of guy who can make something happen even when the blocks aren’t perfect. That may be the type of guy you want. Anyone can run behind this line when they are opening holes. So why not get a guy who can make stuff happen on those plays where its not perfectly blocked?  

    NFL on Twitter: "Zack Moss scores his 2nd TD of the day! @buffalobills📺: #NEvsBUF on CBS📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports app: / Twitter"

    Zack Moss scores his 2nd TD of the day! @buffalobills📺: #NEvsBUF on CBS📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports app:

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