There’s little doubt amongst fans that the Philadelphia Eagles will sign Jairus Byrd, T.J. Ward, Jimmy Graham and Reggie White circa 1987 when NFL free agency opens at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Just in case all of that doesn’t come to fruition though, management would be wise to develop a fallback plan.
The Eagles undoubtedly have a blueprint for how they would like to approach the signing period, but ultimately changes in the marketplace can dictate which moves a team is able to make. If another franchise swoops in and claims one of their targets, the Birds must be prepared to move on and pursue the next name on the list.
Fortunately, Philadelphia isn’t really in a position where it must add a ton of pieces during free agency. 21 of 22 starters on offense and defense are slated to return from 2013. In most cases, either it would be difficult to upgrade or the Eagles are fiscally committed to those players.
That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be active in free agency. The defense in particular has a huge hole at safety and could use some situational pass-rush help, too. Anything else is likely to act purely as depth or competition to the rest of the roster though.
That’s why I am only suggesting three simple moves for the Eagles in the event they lose out on any primary targets. There is no need to overreact and sink large sums of money into lesser players this offseason, not when the organization has other means of getting by.