Report: Eagles showing interest in Devonta Freeman

Eliot Shorr-Parks
May 21, 2020 - 10:49 am
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The Eagles are showing interest in free agent running back Devonta Freeman, according to multiple reports, but might not be willing to pay him what it takes to close the deal. 

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There is a lot to like about the possibility of the Eagles bringing in Freeman, especially compared to the other top options out there, LeSean McCoy or Carlos Hyde. 

The youngest of the three at 28-years old, Freeman has been relatively healthy throughout his career, and played 14 games last season for the Atlanta Falcons. Freeman is the best pass catcher of the trio, a major bonus in the Eagles’ offense, as he caught 59 passes for 410 yards last season on 70 targets, averaging 6.9 yards-per-catch and scoring four touchdowns. His yards-per-carry were a career-low last season, at just 3.6, which is a bit of a red flag, but he is big enough to be the team’s between-the-tackle runner if needed. 

Freeman seems to be the best fit with Miles Sanders and Boston Scott, as he brings a nice combination of versatility and experience, while also having the potential to be the top-back if needed due to injury. 

The question seems to be the money. The Eagles have enough cap space to sign Freeman if they want, with $24 million available, but appear unwilling to go up to the $4 million. The Eagles need to hold onto as much cap space as possible, as they need money to roll over into next offseason, when they are projected to be $50 million over the cap. 

Still, there is no denying the Eagles need a veteran running back, and Freeman is the best option on the market. 

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