Potential free agent replacements for D'Andre Swift if he leaves Eagles

Swift is headed for free agency, but he won't be the only attractive running back on the market.

D'Andre Swift, Philadelphia Eagles
D'Andre Swift, Philadelphia Eagles / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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Austin Ekeler, San Diego Chargers

Austin Ekeler's time with the San Diego Chargers is coming to an end. He made that pretty clear.

“I’m not going to be with these guys anymore, and it’s one of those journeys that I’ll always remember but sad that it has to end,” Ekeler said last month following the conclusion of Los Angeles' season.

Perhaps he'll continue his career with the Eagles. Philadelphia would be a good fit for Ekeler, according to David Kenyon of Bleacher Report.

"When healthy, [Ekeler] remains a valuable and versatile back," Kenyon wrote recently. "The question is how the 28-year-old is balancing role, money or team contention on what's likely the final pricey contract of his career.

"Dallas, for instance, may offer $7-8 million per year to make a splash. Philly is a great fit, although likely on a one-year offer."

Perhaps the biggest benefit of potentially adding Ekeler for the Eagles is his ability to catch passes out of the backfield. Ekeler had over 50 receptions and over 400 receiving yards in each of his past five seasons. He's also scored 30 receiving touchdowns over the course of his career.

Ekeler is the definition of a dual-threat back, and since one can only assume that there will be an added emphasis on the screen game in Philadelphia's offense moving forward, Ekeler could prove to be an excellent fit.