Eagles-Rashaad Penny Reunion Possibility is Officially Over

The 28-year-old running back was a major disappointment with the Eagles but will hope to turn that around in his new destination.
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If Philadelphia Eagles fans thought there was a chance that veteran running back Rashaad Penny would return to the team after being sparingly used last season, those hopes and dreams were officially dashed on Monday.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that Penny plans to sign with the Carolina Panthers. He’ll be reunited with Panthers head coach Dave Canales, who was in Seattle with the veteran running back.

Former Eagles RB Rashaad Penny Signs with the Carolina Panthers

Fowler adds that the signing will likely happen after rookie minicamp. The 28-year-old running back is looking to bounce back after a disappointing 2023 season with the Eagles. 

Last season, Penny only appeared in three games, including the regular season finale against the New York Giants. Heading into last season, Eagles fans had a lot of hope that Penny could be a factor in the backfield and get more playing time than D’Andre Swift.

However, that plan never came to fruition as Swift had his best year as a pro (1,049 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 229 carries), while Penny only produced 33 yards on 11 carries.

With the Penny reunion officially over, the Eagles will look to see who will win the RB3 and RB4 jobs in training camp. Saquon Barkley is the starter, with Kenneth Gainwell as the RB2.

However, the RB3 spot and potentially RB4 (if Philly decides to keep four running backs) are up for grabs between rookie Will Shipley, Tyrion Davis-Price, and Lew Nichols. That said, whoever wins the job, the Eagles will hope they get better production than they did from the veteran RB in Penny.

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