The Philadelphia Eagles have stayed relatively quiet in the open free-agent market this spring, signing just one defensive starter and a handful of special teams players. But they’ve been sure to lock up the core of their own roster, beginning by extending offensive linemen Jason Peters and Jason Kelce.
General manager Howie Roseman handed out new contracts to their own free-agent wide receivers, locking up Jeremy Maclin for one more year and Riley Cooper for potentially five. Those contracts could certainly come in handy given that three-time Pro Bowl receiver DeSean Jackson has been the subject of frequent trade talk rumors, per Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com.
According to Manish Mehta of The New York Daily News, the Eagles won’t be bringing Jackson back in any form in 2014. Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly reports that Philadelphia may be willing to release Jackson if they cannot find a trade partner.
Logically, it’s safe to assume that Jackson won’t be an Eagle in 2014, which means Cooper and Maclin will have increased roles in the offense. If the franchise doesn’t spend a high draft pick on a safety in the upcoming NFL draft, there will be more pressure on Malcolm Jenkins to perform in the secondary. Here’s a rough glimpse at which free-agent signings will have the biggest impact on the Eagles in 2014.