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Meet the Former Eagles Star Who Lost More Than Just the Super Bowl Last Season

Published 07/19/2023, 2:53 PM EDT

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After joining the Carolina Panthers, Miles Sanders revealed his honest thoughts about his departure from the Philadelphia Eagles. Despite being on the field for nearly 60% of the offensive snaps in the regular season, Sanders saw minimal usage in the playoffs and notably in the Super Bowl, where Kenneth Gainwell took over most of the touches.

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While Sanders clarified that his frustration stemmed not just from his lack of playing time in the Super Bowl, he expressed disappointment in witnessing the Eagles’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Additionally, a Sports Illustrated senior NFL writer commented on players like Sanders who is likely to step up and perform regardless of the circumstances, as highlighted in ‘The Rich Eisen Show’.

Miles Sanders: Far beyond the Super Bowl loss


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During an interview on the Rich Eisen show, MMQB’s Albert Breer discussed the situation of former Eagles star RB Miles Sanders, emphasizing that he suffered more than just losing the Super Bowl last season. Breer pointed out the contrasting running back situations of the two teams that reached the Super Bowl.

The Chiefs had Isiah Pacheco, a seventh-round rookie, while the Eagles had Miles Sanders, who was on a rookie contract but eventually left the team for another, signing a deal worth $6.35 million per year.


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“Look at the two teams in the Super Bowl, right? The Chiefs had a seventh-round rookie in Isiah Pacheco running back. The Eagles had a guy in Miles Sanders who’s on a rookie contract, who they let walk, even though he only got $6 million a year from another team.” Albert Breer said, “So those are the two teams that were in the Super Bowl.” The current average annual value of Sanders represents a noticeable decrease compared to previous years.

Despite the potential lack of security, Breer acknowledged that players like Sanders are likely to show up and play regardless of the circumstances. Former Eagles running back recently reached an agreement with the Panthers for a four-year, $25.4 million deal. Despite obtaining $13 million in guaranteed money, Sanders expressed the urgency to finalize the deal, acknowledging that the market value was rapidly decreasing as free agency began.

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Sanders mentioned how challenging it became to negotiate beyond the $10 million mark or to achieve a contract comparable to the likes of Christian McCaffery or Alvin Kamara, which had been the aspirations of many players.

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According to sources, the highest-paid running back in the 2023 NFL season is Bijan Robinson, who was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons at No. 8 overall in April. He will receive the most cash of any player at the position in 2023, with a total of $13.72 million.


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In terms of the total contract value, Kamara leads the way with a 5-year, $75 million contract (three years remaining), followed by McCaffrey with a 4-year, $64.1 million contract (three years remaining).

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Mohammad Asif Ansari


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Mohammad Asif Ansari is an NFL writer at EssentiallySports, with a passion for bringing sports news to life through engaging content. As an ardent sports fan, Ansari likes to cover core sports angles. His latest article, “Dallas Cowboys Reportedly Making It Difficult for Aaron Rodgers to Pursue His Dream Team” got a hoard of interested sports readers.
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