Former Penn State Football Standout finds new NFL home

Former Penn State Football running back Miles Sanders will continue his NFL career in a new city. 

Miles Sanders, a former running back for Penn State Football, reportedly agreed to a 4-year deal with the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday.

Sanders, a second round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, had spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles. In those four seasons, Sanders carried the ball 739 times for 3,708 yards and 20 touchdowns.

His career year came this past year when Sanders had 1,269 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was a big reason why the Eagles made it to the Super Bowl this year. It’s always a good thing when a player has a career year in a contract year.

While Sanders reportedly wanted to stay in Philadelphia, the Eagles signed Rashaad Penny earlier this week, closing the door on that idea.

The deal with the Panthers is a 4-year, $25 million deal. A very solid deal for a running back in today’s running back market.

At Penn State, the former 5-star recruit sat behind Saquon Barkley for his first two years. Once Barkley left, Sanders took advantage by carrying the ball 220 times for 1,274 yards and nine touchdowns. This season was enough for Sanders to declare for the NFL draft, where the Eagles selected him in the second round.

As the Panthers go through a rebuild, Sanders has a chance to be the man in Carolina. The team moved on from star running back Christian McCaffrey during the 2022 season and his fill in, D’Onta Foreman was not retained this offseason.

Sanders will join another former Penn State football standout in Carolina in defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos. Two of the more likeable players in recent years, many Nittany Lions fans will be keeping tabs on these two in 2023.