Panthers and RB Miles Sanders reach 4-year $25 million deal

The Carolina Panthers have reached a four-year, $25 million deal with Miles Sanders, sources told ESPN on Wednesday.

The team announced that an agreement had been reached, but did not disclose the terms.

Sanders, 25, is coming off a career year for the Philadelphia Eagles. He was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time after racking up 1,269 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground for the 14-3 Eagles. He became the first Eagles to run back and cross the 1,000-yard rushing mark in a season since LeSean McCoy in 2014.

The Panthers had made re-signing D’Onta Foreman a priority ahead of free service, but with no agreement, they moved on to Sanders — though bringing back Foreman has not been ruled out, a league source said.

Sanders ranks third among running backs in rushing average (5.1 yards per carry) since 2021 (250 minimum attempts), behind only Tony Pollard (5.34) and Nick Chubb (5.25).

A second-round draft pick for the Eagles in the 2019 NFL draft, Sanders posted 3,708 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns over four Philadelphia seasons. Limited by injuries during parts of the 2020 and 2021 seasons, he played in 57 of 66 regular season games.

He competed collegiately at Penn State where he played behind Saquon Barkley for two seasons. When Sanders took the lead in 2018, he burst for 1,413 yards of scrimmage and nine touchdowns.

Also on Wednesday, the Panthers came to terms with DeShawn Williams, the former Denver Broncos defensive tackle who started 15 games last season for coordinator Ejiro Evero, now the coordinator at Carolina entering the same 3-4 schedule.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Tim McManus, David Newton and Adam Schefter contributed to this report.

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