5 Veteran Free Agents Philadelphia Eagles Should Bring to Camp
Despite the moves the Philadelphia Eagles have made in the offseason, there are still plenty of holes on this roster. Usually at around this time of year, teams begin to consider signing some veteran free agents who are still available.
This isn't just to find people who can legitimately contend for a roster spot. It's also to provide a good veteran presence to young players and also to push other members of camp. And who knows? Sometimes older players surprise coaches with how much they have left in the tank.
Whether or not these five veterans can realistically make the roster in 2013, they could be worth bringing into camp for one final look before kickoff.
1. Jeff Faine (C)
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While regarded as one of the bigger busts in offensive line history, Faine has actually been a fairly serviceable player when he has been healthy. He was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2007 and was expected to solidify Tampa Bay's offensive line in 2008, but injuries derailed his career.
Still, despite his up-and-down career Faine is a former first-round pick. He has a great deal of experience under his belt, especially when compared to the Eagles' current options at center.
It's hard to imagine Jason Kelce not being named the starting center in 2013, but the job should not be handed to him on a silver platter—especially since he is coming back from an ACL tear and may not be 100 percent.
Adding Faine would help to push Kelce and also potentially give the Eagles a serviceable backup center.
2. Vince Manuwai (G)
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If Chip Kelly is serious about having an open competition for all of his players, Todd Herremans should also not be completely safe at the right guard position.
The right side of the offensive line remains a huge question mark. Lane Johnson is unproven at right tackle, and Herremans played best in his career at left guard. It's unclear if he can replicate that success at right guard.
Manuwai would provide some great competition for Herremans (and Dennis Kelly) to step up in camp. Manuwai was a big part of Jacksonville's running game for eight seasons. Age has taken its toll on him, but he may be worth adding to camp to increase the depth at guard.
3. Chris Gocong (LB)
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A former Eagle, Chris Gocong is worth bringing back to the team largely because of his experience with the team. But Gocong has also more or less been an average linebacker.
In Cleveland, he was a very serviceable starter and was released largely due to injury concerns. However, if healthy, Gocong can still be effective in this league.
He possesses a large frame, 6'2" and 263 pounds. Gocong is versatile and would compete with Mychal Kendricks for one of the inside linebacker positions.
Kendricks would still be the favorite to win the job, but it would be an interesting competition to watch, as concerns about Kendricks' size would be tested. And despite a strong first few weeks, Kendricks played poorly last season down the stretch and will need to prove he can still play at a high level.
4. Quintin Mikell (SS)
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The Eagles missed Mikell greatly in 2011 and 2012, as he was an unfortunate casualty of the "Dream Team" era. Without him, the safety play was atrocious and team leadership was almost nonexistent on defense.
The Eagles now need all the leaders and defensive playmakers they can get. Mikell fits the bill. If anything, he can provide solid competition for the strong safety spot.
If Kenny Phillips is healthy, the Eagles have an excellent free safety, but at strong safety, the Eagles have few noteworthy options. Neither Patrick Chung, Earl Wolff, Kurt Coleman, nor Nate Allen look the part.
5. Richard Seymour (DT)
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The fact that Richard Seymour remains unsigned is one of the most puzzling concepts of the 2013 NFL offseason. Seymour, a seven-time Pro Bowler, is still capable of playing at a very high level.
Seymour is also versatile. He can play both 3-4 defensive end, as well as defensive tackle. If placed opposite of Fletcher Cox, the Eagles could suddenly have a very impressive defensive line.
Seymour is a veteran player and could be a leader on the team. He would be a welcome addition to any NFL team right now.