5 Philadelphia Eagles that need to be given extensions

Marcus Epps #22, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Miles Sanders #26, Philadelphia Eagles
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player. 54. . . . Miles Sanders. 26

Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders

At the beginning of the season, there was a large contingent of Philadelphia Eagles fans that wanted to sell running back Miles Sanders to the highest bidder. Now, with a month of football behind us, he’s definitely proven himself worthy of consideration for a multi-year extension.

Sanders’ stock coming into the 2022 season was the lowest of his young career. He had finished his 2021 campaign with 754 yards rushing and zero touchdowns, the worst statistical production of his career. Many people had lost hope for him to develop and were clamoring for the Birds to move on from him.

Fast forward to the present, and Sanders has amassed 356 yards and a trio of touchdowns through the first four weeks of the 2022 season. He’s on pace to tally 1,000 yards rushing, and he hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down after a 134-yard, two-touchdown performance versus the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 4.

It isn’t in general manager Howie Roseman’s nature to use precious cap dollars on a running back. The last to earn a major extension from the Eagles was LeSean McCoy when he signed his five-year, $45 million contract in 2012 (he was traded to the Buffalo Bills to cut down on expenditures a few seasons later).

Keep an eye on Number 26. Extending Miles Sanders could prove beneficial for the Eagles as they can avoid scouring free agency for a less-expensive option that may not fit their system. Keep in mind the fact that Boston Scott’s contract expires after this season as well. That makes the re-signing of Sanders even more important.