The Facts: The Eagles are looking to add a veteran running back in the near future and have narrowed their focus to three players, according to sources: Devonta Freeman, Carlos Hyde and McCoy.
Diehards Line: The Eagles are bullish on second-year back Miles Sanders, believing he has the makings of a Pro Bowl-caliber player, and envision a role for Boston Scott that is at least similar to last season's, but want to add depth and talent to a group that also features Super Bowl LII standout Corey Clement. According to ESPN.com's Tim McManus, the Eagles have already reached out and expressed interest in Freeman. He has fans in the Eagles' building, including running backs coach Duce Staley, whose relationship with Freeman dates to Freeman's playing days at Florida State. Freeman, though, has other suitors, per a source, namely the Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets. The NFL Network reported the Seahawks have a one-year offer on the table for Freeman worth up to $4 million. Freeman, 28, is the youngest of the trio of candidates ahead of Hyde (29) and McCoy (31). Hyde, though, is coming off the most productive season of the trio, having rushed for 1,070 yards on 245 carries (4.4 avg.) with six touchdowns for the Houston Texans in 2019. Hyde is reportedly on the Seahawks' radar as well. McCoy hasn't been shy about his desire to return to Philadelphia. McCoy and the Eagles talked after this April's draft, a source told McManus, and he remains an option. He rushed for 465 yards on 101 carries (4.6 avg.) with four touchdowns for the Kansas City Chiefs last season, but played one offensive snap in the playoffs. The new veteran back will join an Eagles running back room that includes Sanders, Scott, Clement, Elijah Holyfield and promising undrafted rookies Adrian Killins Jr. and Michael Warren.