ESPN Insider believes Philadelphia Eagles will add more to the backfield soon
Are the Philadelphia Eagles finished with fixing up their backfield? ESPN Insider Adam Schefter doesn’t think so.
Last week, the Philadelphia Eagles pulled off their third trade of the offseason. First, they got DeSean Jackson from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Then, they sent Michael Bennett off to the New England Patriots. This time around, they upgraded the backfield with Jordan Howard. Is that the end all be all for the Eagles’ running back situation? Probably not.
There’s a lot of discussions going on around the league regarding the Eagles’ interest in a couple of running backs. For starters, the Eagles have been in contact with their former veteran, Darren Sproles. The 35-year-old speedster is on the brink of retirement, but his lack of gameplay in 2018 due to an injury has him ready to reconsider a return. And if he doesn’t call it quits, he wants to finish out his final season with the Eagles.
Also, there’s the possibility of the Eagles making another trade. Before they have acquired Howard from the Chicago Bears, the Eagles were also casting out calls to the Cleveland Browns regarding Duke Johnson. Once the Browns heard there was an eight-game suspension looming around Kareem Hunt though, the Johnson rumors dried up.
But since Johnson’s well-aware of his place in Cleveland, he wants to be sent elsewhere anyway. Therefore, Johnson has elected to skip out on workouts and demand a trade. Apparently, the Eagles are one of a few teams who is still monitoring the situation and negotiating with Cleveland. What are the chances the Eagles actually make more moves though?
Adam Schefter speaks on the state of the Eagles’ backfield
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter joined the crew over at 97.5 The Fanatic on Wednesday morning to discuss the Eagles’ current state of the backfield. While yes, they did add Howard, who is more than capable of taking on a large workload out of the backfield – there are potentially more moves to come. Whether they sign Sproles, trade for Johnson, or even draft a new guy later on in the month, it’s more than likely that the Eagles keep on building in their backfield.
While many would like the Eagles to ditch the committee approach finally, nobody should expect it. Just remember, the RBBC worked out brilliantly in 2017, as the Eagles were second in the league for rushing during their Super Bowl run. Unfortunatley last season, they landed 28th in the league for total rushing, which clearly affected the offense in the worst way. If the Eagles want to run with a group of backs, that’s fine. But they have to make sure they build with the right guys.