Eagles lose Carlos Hyde sweepstakes as running back search narrows

The Eagles’ search for a veteran running back is beginning to heat up. Pressure will now be building on Howie Roseman after it was announced that a former target of the team, Carlos Hyde, has signed a deal with the Seahawks.

A recent report from ESPN suggested that the Eagles had interest in Hyde, Devonta Freeman, and LeSean McCoy. With one of those backs off the board just one day after Adam Caplan cited that the Birds’ were only willing to pay a veterans minimum to attain one of those backs, they may well have to up their price..

The Eagles failed to add a running back this offseason outside of a UDFA pairing and the return of Corey Clement. It’s clear Miles Sanders is the star of the show, but it would be wise to add a veteran back who is effective on short-distance looks and is a downhill thumper to change the pace, much like Jordan Howard was one year ago.

It would be far more feasible to see LeSean McCoy taking a hometown discount than Freeman, who at 28-years-old, could well return to his prime in the right spot.

Keeping an eye on where the team go from here will be very interesting, but with Hyde off the board, they may have to act fast.

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