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Best and Worst Moves in Eagles Free Agency

Bill RiccetteCorrespondent IJuly 29, 2016

Best and Worst Moves in Eagles Free Agency

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    We're about a week into NFL Free Agency, which means we are winding down through the first wave of the signing period.

    The Eagles have certainly been busy, so far, adding solid contributors on both sides of the ball, filling needs and adding depth.

    Here's a look now at some of the best and worst moves so far for the Eagles free agency.

Best: James Casey

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    Chip Kelly is a fan of using the tight end, and James Casey is such a versatile athlete, which is why I feel this is one of the best signings, so far.

    Casey can line up at tight end, at H-Back, and fullback. You can move him around and do a lot with him. He has great hands, so he'll help in the passing game.

    Kelly will likely use Casey a whole lot more than Gary Kubiak did in Houston. Expect a lot of two-TE sets with him and Brent Celek, as the Eagles will try to spread the defense out.

Worst: Patrick Chung

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    This isn't necessarily bashing Chung as a player. This is more about the $4 million guaranteed the Eagles gave to a player who started to fall out of favor with the Patriots, which was pretty clear when he played just two snaps in the AFC Championship against the Ravens.

    But if there is one man who can revive Chung, it's his former college coach, the head man himself, Chip Kelly. Chung played under Kelly at Oregon, so maybe Kelly sees something in Chung.

    Chung likely steps in as a starter alongside, possibly, Kenny Phillips, another free-agent signing.

Best: Bradley Fletcher

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    Fletcher was pushed down the depth chart of the Rams after the team brought in Cortland Finnegan and Janoris Jenkins. But before those two arrived, Fletcher had been a solid contributor, despite an ACL injury in 2010.

    Because of the injury history, the Eagles were able to get Fletcher fairly cheap. The current lack of cornerback depth likely means Fletcher is in the starting lineup come Week 1. Fletcher is a solid press corner, likely to line up on the outside.

Worst: Cary Williams

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    Again, this isn't saying Williams is bad. Williams had a nice run in the playoffs for the Ravens. This is more about the nearly $6 million guaranteed the Eagles gave Williams.

    Then again, the Eagles entered free agency with about $33 million in cap space, so sometimes it works to spend that much more to get your targets.

    There really haven't been any "bad" signings, so far. I feel all these players will step in and contribute in some way.

    Again, sometimes it pays to overpay.

Best: Connor Barwin

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    The second former Texan signed by the Eagles is another nice addition. This gives the Eagles a strong rush outside linebacker for their new 3-4 defense. The question now is what do they do on the other side. Trent Cole? Brandon Graham? Vinny Curry? A rotation? Does this keep Dion Jordan in their draft plans?

    Whichever way it is, I think Barwin is an excellent fit. You can't have too many pass rushers in the NFL, particularly in a division that features Eli Manning, Tony Romo, and Robert Griffin III.

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