5 Reasons the Philadelphia Eagles Should Sign Jairus Byrd over T.J. Ward

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5 Reasons the Philadelphia Eagles Should Sign Jairus Byrd over T.J. Ward
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles' glaring need for a safety is no secret to the fans. The organization gambled on a pair of veterans a year ago, whiffing on both Kenny Phillips and Patrick Chung. The former didn't even make the roster, while the latter was exposed all season.

Fifth-round rookie Earl Wolff saw some playing time in year one, but he's not a promising player yet. Expecting a defensive coordinator to win with players like Wolff and Nate Allen is asking too much.

That's why general manager Howie Roseman needs to sign one of the elite safeties on the open market.

Buffalo's Jairus Byrd and Cleveland's T.J. Ward are the unquestioned top two players at their position. Neither was franchised by their respective team, meaning they will be allowed to test their offers from the rest of the league. Considering each is coming off a Pro Bowl season, the Eagles would be extremely fortunate to grab either player.

So which one should Roseman sign? They're similar players in some aspects. Each is a former Oregon Duck, giving immediate ties to Eagles head coach, Chip Kelly. Both were second-round picks, and they're far better than anyone on the Eagles' roster. But they’re vastly different in the style of football they play.

Byrd would make the better fit for Philly, though, and the Eagles shouldn't be shy about paying him what he's worth for numerous reasons.

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