In 2011, the Philadelphia Eagles put on a clinic about the wrong way to approach free agency in the NFL. They threw millions upon millions of dollars at expensive free agents like cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and defensive end Jason Babin, and what do you know, they wound up with a team stocked with prima donnas.
In 2013, the Birds demonstrated the correct way to approach free agency. They signed moderately priced players from winning programs who were versatile and brought the right attitude to work—guys like outside linebacker Connor Barwin and cornerback Cary Williams. They weren’t flashy signings, but they improved the club both on and off the field.
This spring, the Eagles are heading into free agency with roughly $20 million in cap space, which is enough to sign a prize free agent, maybe two, if they wanted. This organization learned its lesson too recently to do that though and will likely stick to the bargain bin despite calls from fans for some expensive free agents.
With that in mind, whom will the Eagles target when the curtain rises on free agency on March 11? We sifted through the bargains so you don’t have to and came up with the names of nine players whom general manager Howie Roseman could go after.