The madness has officially begun.
As of 12:01 AM Friday, NFL free agency is underway and the league is in the throws of an uncapped year.
While many think that will lead to erratic spending patterns—especially if your name is, say, Dan Snyder—what it did lead to was 212 players ostensibly getting screwed by restrictions.
Counting the two players they released on Friday, the Eagles had 16 players from the 2009 squad eligible for the various levels of free agency.
However, only four were unrestricted, and none of them were really worth getting one of the franchise or transition tags the Birds had at their disposal.
That doesn’t mean they weren’t valuable in their own ways, though. Many or even all of them could be brought back, and one already has.
For the unrestricted and released, I’ll look at whether they should be brought back or forgotten; for the restricted, however, it will be whether or not they should be retained if someone offers on them.