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5 Unheralded Free Agents Philadelphia Eagles Could Use

Yueh HoCorrespondent IFebruary 10, 2014

5 Unheralded Free Agents Philadelphia Eagles Could Use

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    The best free agents are not always the biggest names. Look at players like Albert Haynesworth, or dare I say Eagles fans, Nnamdi Asomugha.

    And then look at players like Carlos Rogers and Jonathan Joseph. Sometimes, what's more important than star talent is whether someone fits the scheme. Lesser-profile names are also much more cap friendly.

    There are plenty of big names in the 2014 free agency, but I get the feeling Chip Kelly will look to acquire more role players than stars. Here are five unheralded free agents who could be great fits.

1. Geoff Schwartz (OG)

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    Geoff Schwartz could be one of the most underrated offensive linemen available.

    Schwartz has had an inconsistent career up until 2013, when he took the starting job from Jon Asamoah. He even started a game in the postseason.

    The 6'6", 340-pound Schwartz has great size, and he is also a good run-blocker. With Todd Herremans showing some age, some depth on the O-line is much needed.

2. Kevin Boothe (OG)

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    Though a 30-year-old veteran, Kevin Boothe still has gas left in the tank. He was known in New York for his reliability, starting 42 straight games.

    Boothe is also versatile. He can play both center and guard. If he's willing to play for a rival, he could be a welcome asset to this Eagles O-line and could possibly even compete for a starting job with Herremans.

3. Quinton Mikell (SS)

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    What the Eagles secondary may need more than anything is veteran leadership. With the Carolina Panthers, Mikell gained the same reputation he had there that he did in Philly: a reliable player and a great locker room presence.

    Bringing back Mikell just makes too much sense. Mikell would instantly improve the pass defense. At 33 years old, he could be a perfect rotation man and a mentor for the developing Earl Wolff.

    Bring back Mikell. It's fitting that he would get to end his career in Philly.

4. Ted Ginn (WR)

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    Tedd Ginn has been called many things over his seven career: electrifying kick returner, speed demon...bust.

    But in Philly, he could be an incredible asset to Chip Kelly's Eagles.

    First of all, the help Ginn would bring on special teams would be a huge boost. The Eagles don't really have an electrifying returner other than DeSean Jackson, so Ginn also could fill in on kickoff return duties.

    Secondly, Ginn is actually coming off his best receiving season since 2008. His 15.4 yards per catch led the Panthers.

    In an offseason when the Eagles could lose Riley Cooper or Jeremy Maclin, as well as cut Jason Avant for cap reasons, maybe Ted Ginn is worth a shot in Kelly's offense.

5. Joe Webb (QB/WR)

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    Josh McCown would really be the perfect veteran backup if the Eagles could get him, but most likely the Chicago Bears re-sign him to an extension.

    In terms of other free-agent quarterbacks available, Webb is the most intriguing choice and deserves consideration at least as a camp body.

    Webb is possibly the most talented athlete in the league. Don't believe me? Check out this video.

    He can play both QB and wide receiver. And with Michael Vick all but certainly gone, it's hard to imagine Kelly not bringing in a few mobile QBs.

    Also, Webb did beat the Eagles once, in what was kind of a must-win game in 2010. All in all, he's worth it from a depth perspective.

     

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