Eagles to add Rashaad Penny as Miles Sanders says goodbye

Eagles to add Rashaad Penny as Miles Sanders says goodbye

PHILADELPHIA — The eagles have agreed to terms on a one-year return deal Rashaad Pennya league source told ESPN, confirming multiple reports.

Miles Sanders has been Philadelphia’s leading back over the past four seasons, posting 3,708 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns in that stretch. Sanders is a free agent and is considered one of the top available players at his position this offseason.

Sanders has hinted that his time with the Eagles may be coming to an end, tweeted on Tuesday afternoon: “To the city of Philadelphia: thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Productive rotational back Boston Scottmeanwhile, agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Eagles, a source confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday.

Penny’s signing doesn’t mean the Eagles are necessarily done addressing the running back position, a source said.

Penny’s career has been marred by injuries, including a broken leg in October that required surgery and forced him to miss the rest of the 2022 season for Seattle Seahawks.

Including the playoffs, Penny, who turned 27 in February, has missed 43 of a possible 87 career games in his five NFL seasons due to injuries.

When healthy, Penny showcased his talent in the first round — including one of the most prolific rushing stretches in franchise history to end the 2021 season.

With starter Chris Carson on injured reserve, Penny led the NFL with 671 rushing yards over the last five games — 208 yards more than anyone else. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, he joins Shaun Alexander as the only players in Seahawks history with 130 rushing yards in three straight games. Penny topped that mark in four of the last five games, including a career-best 190 yards in the season finale. He scored six rushing touchdowns in that span, one more than he scored in his first 32 regular-season games.

Penny tested free agency and returned to Seattle in 2022 on a one-year deal worth $5.75 million. He started the season as the rookie second-round pick Kenneth Walker IIIrushing for 346 yards and two touchdowns on 57 carries in the first five games before he went down in Week 5, breaking the fibula and spraining the tibia in his left leg.

His long list of injuries also includes a torn ACL in December 2019 — when he was just starting out — that sidelined him for most of the 2020 season. He missed five games after hurt his calf in the 2021 opener and another game in November with a pulled hamstring.

The Seahawks drafted Penny 27th overall in 2018 out of San Diego State despite a preference among some members of the organization to pick Nick Chubb. He spent most of his first four seasons backing up Carson.

Overall, he had 1,918 yards on 337 attempts — an average of 5.7 yards per carry — in 42 games over five seasons. He scored 14 total touchdowns.

ESPN’s Brady Henderson contributed to this report.