By Connor Thomas

 

Yesterday, we took a look at some of the free agents available this offseason at quarterback that the Eagles could potentially target. Today, we stay in the offensive backfield and take a dive into some of the available running backs that should pique the birds’ interest. Miles Sanders is entering the final year of his rookie deal, so it would be prudent for Howie Roseman to start sniffing around some other options in case the team chooses not to hang on to Sanders past this next season. Here are some of the possible targets:

  • Melvin Gordon

    Gordon split backfield time in Denver this past season with rookie Javonte Williams, and despite sharing the load at running back, put up some solid numbers for the Broncos. Gordon had 8 touchdowns and just over 900 yards on the year, but it looks like Denver is happy to allow the 28 year old to walk and give Williams full control of their backfield. That opens up Gordon, who is on the older side when it comes to running backs, for a new start with another team, and he could be a very high profile backup for the Eagles. One year deals aren’t out of the norm for older free agent running backs, and if the birds can get a player of Gordon’s talent level at a reasonable price on a prove it deal, it would make a formidable backfield even more talented.

  • Leonard Fournette

    Fournette is another of the more expensive options at the running back position this free agency cycle, but with Tom Brady’s future in question down in Tampa Bay, it’s possible that he is also open to a fresh start. A lot of this depends on Brady’s decision – it would be hard to stop Fournette from re-signing with a team as talented as the Buccaneers – but if the call is retirement, there could be a lot of former Bucs on the move. Fournette only made $3.25mil last season, so he wouldn’t break the entire bank, and at 27 he’s also in the one year deal range that Melvin Gordon is in. Again, if the birds are in the market for a starter level player to split snaps with Miles Sanders, Fournette is a great power compliment.

  • Ronald Jones II

    Another Tampa Bay free agent, Jones is the lower profile of the two Bucs backs hitting free agency this offseason. What that means is that he should be significantly less expensive than Fournette, and with much less tread on his tires. Jones is only 24, and despite being buried behind Fournette in the backfield in Tampa this season, has shown flashes of talent during his time with the team. 2020 was his best season, in which he put up 978 yards and 7 touchdowns, and it shows what he could potentially be if he was in a strong running back rotation. Jones only made $1.76mil this past year and was underwhelming, so he could be an affordable rotation option for Philly.

  • Boston Scott

    Boston Scott is a free agent this year, and it could certainly be smart for the Eagles to re-sign him to another contract. Scott’s numbers might seem streaky, and that’s because he really is a streaky back. But when he’s hot, he crushes the NFC East, and has a diverse skillset that includes catching the ball out of the backfield and being solid in the screen game. Having seen what Scott can bring in a limited role over the past 3+ years in Philly, I’d be perfectly fine with Howie Roseman throwing him $1mil and bringing him back into the fold.

  • Marlon Mack

    Mack was an absolute non-factor this past season for Indianapolis in a backfield that also contained Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines. That’s bad for his wallet, but great for teams that are looking to sign him to a good-value deal in free agency. Mack cleared the 1000 yard mark back in 2019 (the year before Taylor joined the Colts), and is still only 25 years old. He made $2mil last season, but that’s set to drop considering he only carried the ball 28 times for 101 yards this year. It seems that drop in production was more of a product of his environment than an inability to produce, so this could be a buy low situation for the birds. Mack is a balanced back at 6’0”, 210, and could be a breakout candidate if paired with Miles Sanders. He’s an interesting option that the Eagles should certainly consider.