Carlos Hyde won’t be a Philadelphia Eagle this season, as the veteran running back signed a one-year deal with Seattle worth up to $4 million. That’s the same amount Seattle reportedly offered to Devonta Freeman, who apparently turned it down.
It means Freeman is still out there if the Eagles want to extend an offer, and this weekend Ian Rapoport mentioned the Birds when talking about the running back’s future:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 25, 2020
“…he’s in a situation where I think a lot of veterans are right now, believing that they deserve more than is being offered. And you really have two options here; you can do what Carlos Hyde did and say, okay, he wanted more than $5 million per year. At this point, in May, not going to happen, just take the best deal you can, move on, and try again next year. That’s what Hyde did.
Freeman has not put that decision in front of himself right now, has not decided to do that. (He) still wants big money. Could he actually retire? Maybe? Probably more likely is at some point (he’ll) realize to take what he can get and a team like the Philadelphia Eagles, who would like to add a veteran running back, and wouldn’t like to pay a lot for it, would make a lot of sense. I also know they have Shady McCoy, one of their old friends, in their sights as well.”
Freeman is 28 years old and is actually the youngest of the trio linked to Philly, but he’s missed a lot of games via injury over the past three seasons. Last year he ran for 656 yards on 184 carries and was earning $3.7 million guaranteed, according to Over the Cap.
If Freeman would take less money, something near the minimum, the Eagles could have a decent 1-2 punch with Miles Sanders, then round out the running back room with Boston Scott and Corey Clement. Doesn’t seem like the veteran is willing to settle for less, at least not right now.