Eagles Eyeing RBs LeSean McCoy, Devonta Freeman & Carlos Hyde

     

According to ESPN’s Tim McManus, the Eagles are interested in adding a veteran running back and have narrowed their focus to three players — LeSean McCoy, Devonta Freeman and Carlos Hyde

Devonta Freeman

Philadelphia is high on second-year RB Miles Sanders and envisions a role for Boston Scott, per McManus, but wants to add more depth to the position. 

McManus reports the Eagles and McCoy had some discussion following the draft at the end of April. While McCoy also received some interest from the Raiders, the veteran has been vocal about his willingness to return to Philadelphia

Freeman has also been linked to the Eagles, though Philadelphia reportedly doesn’t want to pay more than the vet minimum per Adam Caplan. Freeman has an offer from the Seahawks on the table for $4 million but has not yet accepted. 

McManus adds Freeman has fans on the Eagles coaching staff, including RB coach Duce Staley who has known Freeman since college. The Jets have also expressed interest. 

A few weeks ago, Caplan mentioned the Eagles have interest in Hyde as well. He would replace the bruising style Philadelphia lost by not re-signing RB Jordan Howard. Seattle is also rumored to be interested in Hyde. 

McCoy, 31, is a former second-round pick of the Eagles back in 2009. After six years in Philadelphia, McCoy was traded to the Bills, who later signed him to a five-year, $40 million contract that included $20 million guaranteed.

McCoy was set to make base salaries of $6 million and $6.075 million over the next two years of the agreement when the Bills released him during the preseason. The Chiefs later signed him to a one-year deal. 

McCoy is an unrestricted free agent this offseason. 

In 2019, McCoy appeared in 13 games for the Cheifs and rushed for 465 yards on 101 carries (4.6 YPC) to go along with 28 receptions for 181 yards receiving and five touchdowns.

Freeman, 28, is a former fourth-round pick of the Falcons back in 2014. He was in the final year of his four-year, $2.7 million contract when he and the Falcons agreed to a five-year, $41.25 million extension that included $22 million guaranteed.

Freeman stood to make base salaries of $6.5 million and $6.3 million over the next two years of the agreement when the Falcons released him this offseason. 

In 2019, Freeman appeared in 14 games and rushed for 656 yards on 184 carries (3.6 YPC) and two touchdowns to go along with 59 receptions for 410 yards receiving and four touchdowns.

Hyde, 29, is a former second-round pick of the 49ers back in 2014. He played out the final year of his four-year, $3.681 million contract before agreeing to a three-year contract worth $15 million with the Browns last year. 

The Browns later traded Hyde to the Jaguars midseason for a 2019 fifth-round pick. Hyde was set to make a base salary of $3,250,000 for the 2019 season when the Jaguars released him last May. 

Hyde signed on with the Chiefs last offseason but was later traded to the Texans coming out of the preseason. 

In 2019, Hyde appeared in all 16 games for the Texans and rushed for 1,070 yards on 245 carries (4.4 YPC) and six touchdowns to go along with 10 receptions for 42 yards. Pro Football Focus rated him as the No. 18 running back out of 58 qualifying players.

We have all three players on our Top 100 Available 2020 Free Agents list.

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