Heading into the Divisional Round’s game featuring the Philadelphia Eagles and their hated rivals, the New York Giants, Boston Scott is getting a lot of mention, and rightfully so. Regardless of what Wink Martindale has to say, he has long earned his reputation as the ‘Giants Killer’, but teams have depth charts for a reason. Miles Sanders is the unquestioned RB1 of Philly’s offensive attack.
Number 26 is all smiles these days, and why wouldn’t he be? He entered the 2022-2023 regular season in the last year of his rookie deal. He was also the topic of discussion. You remember the questions that were being asked.
Can he stay healthy? Can he hold onto the football? Duce Staley said he was ready for the ‘full load’ once, but is he really? Can he prove that he’s reliable and that he’s worthy of an extension? You do realize that he didn’t score a touchdown in 2021, right?
There were times when he let his emotions get the best of him, but all he asked for was an opportunity. Here we are a few months later, and we’re talking about the best and most productive season of his career.
Miles Sanders wants to stay in Philadelphia with the Eagles following the best season of his career.
There were no 60 or 80-yard runs, but he saw career highs in carries (259), rushing yards (1,269), touchdowns (11), yards per game (74.6), and even first-down carries (62). He’s among 20 impending free agents that Philly has to make decisions on at season’s end, but the life-long Pennsylvanian is just fine with staying home.
Here’s a quote from a nice write-up crafted about him by ESPN’s Tim McManus.
"I love Philly. Just bring me back. I hope they bring me back… I love you Howie (Roseman). I hope you love me too."
In June, the contract experts over at Spotrac once calculated his market value at three years/ $12,766,680 with an average salary of $4,255,560. Following a career year and a Pro Bowl nod, all of those numbers have swollen. His current market value, according to Spotrac is as follows: two years, $14,447,822. That’s an average salary of $7,223,911 which ranks him 294th in the NFL and tenth among running backs.
Would Philly be willing to pay that amount? Time will tell. We can’t wait to see what he does in the postseason.
More Eagles news: Philadelphia signs another youngster to a future/reserves deal.
Here’s something of note. Whether we’re discussing draft prospects, potential free agents, or the stars who have already blossomed, roster discussions are always interesting. Philly announced the signing of two new prospects to Reserve/Future contracts on consecutive days, this past Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tyrie Cleveland spent four years with the Florida Gators at the NCAA level before becoming a seventh-round selection of the Denver Broncos in 2020. He has eight receptions and 91 yards receiving on his professional resume.
Tristin McCollum is a six-foot-three, 195-pound defensive back that played his college ball at Sam Houston with the Bearkats. He most recently played for the Houston Texans.
Keep your eyes on both as we march into 2023’s season. Both will have an uphill climb to make Philadelphia’s roster, but we expect both to show up and give it everything that they have.