After seeing what this backfield looked like without Miles Sanders in the lineup last week, signing someone like Freeman would make a lot of sense. While Boston Scott and Corey Clement can contribute on this offense, it was pretty clear last week that neither are capable of being starting backs. They’re both primarily receiving backs who operate at their best when they’re in open space.
The offensive line didn’t do them any favors in week 1, and neither did Doug Pederson with some of his play calling, but it just seemed like Doug had no faith in handing the ball off to these guys.
Freeman is a proven back in the NFL, making back-to-back Pro Bowls in 2015 and 2016. He’s dealt with several injuries throughout his career, which is partially why he’s still on the open market. Last season, Freeman played in 14 games, accumulating 1,066 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns. He’s not someone you want to rely on as your primary back at this point in his career, but as a backup to Sanders? I’d take him in a heart beat.
This 28-year-old back could provide some much needed stability behind Sanders. He also fits exactly what Pederson likes in his running backs — versatility. Freeman has made a living as both a runner and a pass catcher out of the backfield.
If the team does decide to sign Freeman, they’ll have to cut one of the backs on their roster. They currently have four, Sanders, Scott, Clement and Jason Huntley. I’d imagine Huntley would probably be the odd man out, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if Clement got cut.
The Eagles have had interest in signing a veteran running back all offseason. They reportedly offered Freeman a deal worth up to $4 million earlier this offseason, according to NFL Network, but Freeman declined. At this point, there’s a good chance Freeman is willing to take that contract just so he can get on the field.
We’ll have to wait and see how it plays out once next week rolls around.