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Key free-agent signings: TE James Casey (Houston), RB Felix Jones (Dallas), LB Connor Barwin (Houston), G Allen Barbre (Seattle), DT Isaac Sopoaga (San Francisco), CB Bradley Fletcher (St. Louis), CB Cary Williams (Baltimore), S Patrick Chung (New England), S Kenny Phillips (New York Giants)
Key players lost: QB Mike Kafka, P Chas Henry, T Demetress Bell, T King Dunlap, DT Mike Patterson, DT Cullen Jenkins, CB Nnamdi Asomugha, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, S Jaiquawn Jarrett
If you need a reason why the Philadelphia Eagles shied away from flashy, big-named free-agent acquisitions, look no further than the Michael Vick experiment.
After spending $100 million for six years on Vick in 2011, the Eagles had to do loads of damage control and restructured his contract in 2013 just to keep him on the roster, and his spot’s not guaranteed. He’ll have to play his way onto the team, reports The Star-Ledger.
Even Philadelphia’s “Big Three” cornerback experiment with Nnamdi Asomugha, Asante Samuel and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie never lived up to expectations, and with Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie bolting this offseason, none of the three are still in Philly.
So the Eagles looked to make a low-key splash in free agency this season.
Safeties Kenny Phillips and Patrick Chung have a ton of upside and corners Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams have the potential to provide the same magic the “Big Three” were supposed to.
Tight end James Casey has the potential to continue breaking out in 2013 after almost doubling his receptions last season, while linebacker Connor Barwin should do well in the Eagles’ scheme.