April 15 isn’t just tax day—it’s the deadline for NFL teams to sign restricted free agents to an offer sheet.
That deadline has now come and passed, meaning that any dreams Eagles fans had of landing a player like O.J. Atogwe or D’Qwell Jackson are now relegated to trade fantasies.
Oddly enough, with all of the hubbub surrounding restricted free agency and its blockbuster potential, the Birds’ signing of Mike Bell was the biggest poaching on that market.
So now, teams are left to choose out of the admittedly thin pool of unrestricted free agents. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t good players available, however, as several guys left on the list would be great fits in certain situations.
The Eagles have 11 picks in the 2010 NFL Draft. Five are in the first three rounds, and the Birds are expected to address needs at cornerback, safety, outside linebacker, and defensive end in some order—with another offensive lineman also a possibility.
No matter who they do end up drafting in those spots, there are a handful of unrestricted free agents available who fit the aforementioned molds.
These five, in particular, could be of good use in Philadelphia, either as a temporary fill-in or as a depth player that will allow them to draft heavily elsewhere.