NFL fans, free agency is nearly upon us. On Feb. 27, the NFL opens the doors on what looks to be one of the most talented groups of free agents in recent memory.
The list is staggering: Ray Lewis, Brian Dawkins, and T.J. Houshmandzadeh are just some of the players who might be moving to new cities.
True, Lewis and Dawkins will almost certainly re-sign with the teams that drafted them, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t high-profile names who could be moving to Philadelphia.
The Eagles need the most immediate help at offensive tackle. Both Tra Thomas and Jon Runyan are at the twilight of their playing days and are free agents. Winston Justice was drafted to be the future at tackle, but hasn’t played well in his limited snaps.
Jordan Gross of the Carolina Panthers is almost certainly a player on the top of the Eagles’ front office list. Head coach Andy Reid covets lineman, so Reid would likely jump at the chance to steal Gross from a conference rival.
The name on the top of fans’ wishlists is none other than Bengals wideout T.J. Houshmandzadeh. “Housh” fueled the fire by telling a local sports radio station that he would be willing to sign with the Eagles if they are interested.
The Eagles’ fans have been clamoring for a high-profile receiver since Terrell Owens talked his way out of town following the 2005 season. Then-rookie DeSean Jackson had a great season in 2008, but he was the only consistent receiver.
After the team’s loss in the NFC Championship game, quarterback Donovan McNabb again that the team needs more playmakers.
This year’s deep and talented free agency class gives the Eagles several options to improve the team.
Here are just five players who might help the Eagles get, in the immortal words of ‘Spinal Tap’, “that extra push over the cliff.”