Four Free Agents the Philadelphia Eagles Should Consider Chasing
So, where should the cash go? Here are some suggestions for Howie Roseman and Chip Kelly.
The Eagles need defensive backs who can make some damn plays. I mean, it would help if they could cover and whatnot too, but this is a team that forced a league-low 13 turnovers last season. Jairus Byrd would obviously be the ideal prize, but he's going to be too expensive for a team that has lots of needs. The Eagles can probably get Moore for less.
Injuries could be a bit of a concern here, but this is a guy who makes plays when he's on the field and would be a major upgrade. If the Falcons lock him up, Dashon Goldson and Kenny Phillips would also be great signings.
2. Kyle Arrington (CB, Patriots)
Another guy who has proven he can make big plays and is also a pretty solid cover corner. He probably shouldn't be looked at as a No. 1 guy, but he'd cost a lot less than Nnamdi Asomugha and is simply better than Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
The Eagles have to draft another corner while grouping a player like Arrington with one of their two 2012 starters and Brandon Boykin.
Other starting-caliber possibilities include Brent Grimes, Cary Williams and Jacob Lacey. I wouldn't fault the Eagles for signing more than one corner.
3. Brad Jones (LB, Packers)
They're going to need linebackers as they transition to the 3-4. Even if Brandon Graham and Trent Cole are penciled in as starting outside linebackers and DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks are slated to start inside, they need to pick up some depth and insurance this offseason.
Dannell Ellerbe and Leroy Hill would be nice additions, but both will be expensive, and I'm not sure they'll want to give up on Kendricks that easily. So, instead, they could bring in a guy like Jones, who has lots of experience in the 3-4 and could compete with Kendricks this summer.
Which player on this list can help the Eagles the most?
4. Donald Thomas (G, Patriots)
The Danny Watkins experiment has probably failed, and the Eagles need a right guard. Brandon Moore is available, but he turns 33 this summer. Andy Levitre is intriguing, but I don't know if he's athletic enough to suit what Kelly probably desires. Plus, he'll cost a few bucks.
Thomas, though, is a nice fit. He's versatile and quick and coming off a solid season with New England. He surrendered just a single sack on over 600 snaps and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the 10th-best run-blocking guard in the NFL. At the age of 27, he might be worth investing in.
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