We are now just seven days away from the start of the new league year, and only five days away from the start of the legal tampering period.
To the surprise of no one, the Eagles have already been very active. They made a decision on Nick Foles, re-signed Brandon Graham and Paul Worrilow, extended Jason Kelce, Issac Seumalo and Jake Elliott, declined the 13 million dollar option on Tim Jernigan, and restructured Lane Johnson’s contract.
Here is what our updated checklist looks like..
Figure out the Foles situation
- Figure out left tackle/ add o line depth
- Running back
- Impact LB
- Replenish d line depth
- Secondary depth
- Burner WR
- Veteran QB?
Here is their list of impending free agents….
- Jordan Hicks- It looks like he is going to move on. Will leave a major hole in the middle of the defense if he goes.
- Tim Jernigan- Option declined. Could potentially be brought back on a cheaper deal, but it’s doubtful.
- Ronald Darby- Should prove to be out of the Eagles price range. Wouldn’t be upset if the Eagles found a way to bring him back.
- Golden Tate- Probably gone.
- Darren Sproles– The Eagles love him. Ball is probably in his court.
- Nick Foles- Jacksonville?
- Jay Ajayi- Gone.
- Jordan Matthews- Wentz loves him. He would be cheap. The Eagles could probably do worse at WR 4.
- Mike Wallace– Gone.
- Haloti Ngata- Couldn’t imagine him coming back… maybe in a pinch.
- DJ Alexander- Gone.
- Corey Graham- Eagles need to upgrade their safety depth.
- Richard Rodgers- Gone.
- Chance Warmack- Gone.
- Nate Sudfeld (restricted) Will be back.
The Eagles have been clearing cap space for a reason. Maybe it’s to re-sign some of their own free agents or extend more key players. Or it could be to re-tool via free agency.
Last year the Eagles were relatively quiet during free agency, but from all indications they should be far more active this year. If they are, here are ten realistic/logical targets to keep an eye on. Some are more splashy than others.
1.CJ Mosley- LB, Ravens (26)
Mosley is a Joe Douglas draft pick, so I’m sure he is on their radar in some capacity. He has started in all but three games in his five year career while averaging 115 total tackles per-season. One knock on Mosley is his coverage skills, and it is a bit alarming that the Ravens didn’t tag him. But Mosley would be an upgrade over the oft-injured Jordan Hicks, while filling a major hole.
2. Le’Veon Bell- RB, Steelers (27)
I didn’t think the Eagles would be serious suitors for Bell given their needs and cap space. But you can’t put anything past Howie Roseman. It may still be a long shot with teams like Indianapolis, New York Jets, Houston, San Fran, Baltimore, that all have more cap space and a need at running back, but it feels a lot more serious than it once did. I wouldn’t count the Eagles out just yet.
3. Tyrell Williams- WR, LA Chargers (27)
Williams would fill a major need as a guy who can play on the outside and stretch the field. He averaged 15.9 PC in 2018. The only issue with Williams is that he is looking for # 1 WR money which I doubt he will get. He would be a solid addition for the Eagles.
4. Tevin Coleman- RB, Falcons (25)
A lot of people want Coleman. In theory it makes a lot of sense. He’s young and could be a potential three down back. The fact that the Falcons coaching staff had him splitting carries even when Devonta Freeman went down is a bit of a detractor for me. However, he would be an instant upgrade.
5. Mark Ingram – RB, Saints (29)
Ingram has a lot of miles on the tracks, but like Bell and Coleman, he would fill a major need for the Eagles. It feels like Ingram will either stay in New Orleans or sign elsewhere for more money. The Eagles are a win now team so Ingram would make sense.
6. John Brown- WR, Baltimore (29)
Brown averaged 17 YPC last season. He would fill the burner role. He’s someone the Eagles should at least check in on.
7. Ziggy Ansah- DE, Detroit (29)
Yes they just re-signed Brandon Graham, but depending on Chris Long’s future and what they do with Michael Bennett, they may be in the market for another pass-rusher off the edge. Ziggy can’t stay healthy but he has talent and a relationship with Jim Schwartz. Could a one year deal work?
8. Za’Darius Smtih- Edge, Ravens (26)
Same thing as Ansah, except Smith is younger and has a Joe Douglas connection instead of a Schwartz connection.
9. Spencer Ware- RB, Chiefs (27)
Ware is familiar with Doug Pederson and would come cheaper than the names listed above. He has trouble staying on the field, but when he does he is productive.
10. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix- S, Washington (26)
The only reason I’m putting Clinton-Dix on this list is because there are a ton of safeties available.
The Eagles need a safety, but I’ m not sure they will look to add one in free agency now that Rodney McLeod has restructured. However, a talented player could fall right into their lap. Adding a solid safety would give Jim Schwartz a lot more flexibility. If they don’t add one in free agency, they will draft one. They could also look to bring in a veteran corner.
Not every free agent the Eagles bring in will be a splashy name. Here are ten logical sleepers that they could have interest in if the price were right.
1. Latavius Murray- RB, Vikings (29)
Latavius would be a nice addition as a big rotational back. He would seemingly come a lot cheaper than the first three names on this list and still fill a massive hole.
2. Terrell Suggs – Edge, Ravens (36)
This is Chris Long dependent. T- Sizzle is a Baltimore guy so you know he is a Joe Douglas favorite. He would fill the role of a veteran situational pass rusher.
3. D.J Fluker- G, Seahawks (28)
Brandon Brooks has a torn Achilles and may not be ready for the start of the season. Fluker could fill in and even play some tackle if needed. He’s a Bama’ guy which gives him a connection with Jeff Stoutland.
4. Preston Brown- LB, Bengals (26)
The need at middle linebacker, the connection with Schwartz (109 total tackles in 2014 with Buffalo) and the potential bargain all make Brown a logical sleeper for the Eagles.
5. Bennie Logan- DT, Titans (29)
It feels like Bennie Logan is a free agent every year, but this time around a reunion in Philly could make sense. The Eagles have the need and he would come really cheap.
6. Vinny Curry- DE, Buccaneers (30)
Another ex-Eagle. If Long were to retire or they were to trade Michael Bennett, they could look to bring back Curry pending the price.
7. Brent Urban- DT/DE, Ravens (27)
Another Douglas draft pick. Eagles need affordable depth on the d-line. Urban would fit the bill.
8. Phillip Dorsett- WR, Patriots (26)
Another burner type wide receiver. New Eagles VP of football operations Andrew Berry was part of the front office in Indy that took Dorsett in round 1. Donte Moncrief is also a burner type receiver drafted by Indy while Berry was there. Moncrief was a bust in Jacksonville, but could be on their radar as well.
9. Breshad Perriman WR, Browns (25)
The Eagles looked into Perriman during this past season but he signed with the Browns instead. He went on to catch only 16 passes but averaged 21.8 YPC. They could possibly look in his direction again this off-season.
10. Ryan Fitzpatrick- QB Buccaneers (36)
It pains me to even list Fitzpatrick, but the Eagles ALWAYS put an emphasis on their QB room. That is a philosophy that has clearly worked out for them. It wouldn’t surprise me if they brought in a smart vet like Fitzpatrick (or Case Keenum if he becomes available) for insurance purposes.
The Eagles have opened up cap space for a reason. They have some obvious holes and should look to attack them during free agency. But if free agency doesn’t play out to their liking, don’t be surprised if they look to the trade market.
As you know, Howie Roseman is always active.
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