Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles haven’t exactly made a “splash” in free agency—and that’s a good thing. What they have done is add a little depth here, a little help there and a sprinkle of special teams improvement.
Of all the additions the team has made so far, the most exciting is the signing of 3-4 veteran defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga.
The flip side of that coin is the addition of Patrick Chung, who can’t stay healthy and whose best days are behind him. Furthermore, Chung couldn’t put it together under Bill Belichick, a coach who can make anyone look like a Pro Bowler. However, considering how bad the Birds have been at the safety position for what seems like an eternity, bringing in Chung wasn’t a bad move.
The Eagles also signed former Houston Texan James Casey to be for the Birds what Wilson Valdez was for the Phillies (utility). They now have another guy to tryout for a cornerback job in Bradley Fletcher (or Fletcher Bradley if heard him being introduced), and special teamer/aspiring linebacker Jason Phillips to do whatever.
The name of Kelly’s game is “versatility,” folks. And by the looks of things, that Eagles depth chart that was teetering on the border of obscurity is now a full-fledged list of "Who’s This, Guys?"
Nonetheless, this is a good thing because the team isn’t expected to contend this year or even next year. Kelly and Howie Roseman are experimenting, and that’s what we want them to do.
We saw what happens when you try to build through free agency, and no one wants to suffer through another set of repercussions like those of the 2011 offseason again. Ever. So, good for Chip and Howie!
But there are a few moves the team could make to plug a couple of holes and stop the bleeding in a few places via free agency.
The following slideshow is a list of the aforementioned moves.