Eagles news: Starters named top 25 FAs, Miles Sanders destination theory

Miles Sanders #26, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images)
Miles Sanders #26, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images) /

The weeks are about to start flying by now. You just wait and see. In a flash, we’ll be discussing the NFL Scouting Combine. Then, it’s full speed ahead through the free agency frenzy, Pro Days, and eventually the 2023 NFL Draft. Many of the questions we have about the Philadelphia Eagles‘ roster will be answered over the course of the next three months.

You’ve heard this 200 times by now. It bears repeating. Decisions have to be made on 20 impending Eagles free agents. Recently, CBS Sports ranked the top 25 defensive players expected to enter the pool. Four of them are Birds, and honestly, had offensive and defensive players been ranked, at least three of them would have wound up on that list too.

Javon Hargrave landed at number one. James Bradberry, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, and Fletcher Cox landed at three, eight, and 11 respectively.

More Eagles news: Lines are drawn connecting Miles Sanders and the Denver Broncos.

We transition from defense to offense and arrive at Miles Sanders avenue. He’s another of those familiar faces who have reached the end of their current deals, and though he’s coming off of the best season of his career, one where he earned a Pro Bowl nod, the general consensus among football pundits is we’ve seen him for the last time in an Eagles jersey.

Brad Speilberger of Pro Football Focus recently penned his theory on landing spots for the top running backs entering free agency, and he predicts that Miles Sanders lands in the Mile High City and signs with the Denver Broncos.

Here’s some of his theory.

"Sanders can be a good early-down pairing with 2021 second-round pick running back Javonte Williams as he makes his return from a knee injury that reportedly involved damage to multiple ligaments. New Broncos head coach Sean Payton has always emphasized a diverse skill set in his backfield, with the one-two punch of Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram II in New Orleans a solid blueprint for what the eventual Williams-Sanders pairing could look like from a usage standpoint."

It makes sense. The Broncos could use all of the help they need on offense seeing as how Russell Wilson is cooked, and Denver was never able to consistently build any traction on offense in 2022.

Maybe Sean Payton can transform Miles Sanders into his ‘Darren Sproles’ or ‘Alvin Kamara’. Time will tell, but for now, he remains an interesting conversation piece as we move through the offseason, one where the Philadelphia Eagles are trying to put arguably the most disappointing loss in franchise history behind them.

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