NFL Free Agency: Philadelphia Eagles' "Must-Sign" Free Agents
The Eagles had a solid year but they found out a lot about who they are and who they aren’t.
This year was supposed to be a rebuilding year and the organization picked a good year to take a shot on Mike Vick.
With the addition of Vick, the Eagles' patchwork defense and offensive line pushed through the season and made a quality push until the very end.
To be a serious threat again next year, the Eagles will have to pull out their checkbooks and pay for some quality players.
This is a list of the must-sign players for the Eagles to succeed.
Jermon Bushrod, OT, New Orleans Saints
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Jermon Bushrod would be a solid addition to the Eagles as long as they don’t overpay for him.
Bushrod has a lot of talent but there are other linemen available if the bidding gets too high.
The Eagles need to take a hard look at where the future is for the offensive line and who needs to go.
If they can get Jason Peters and Todd Herremans playing well and sign Bushrod and maybe Matt Light, they could have one of the best offensive lines in the league, if not the best.
Quintin Mikell, S, Philadelphia Eagles
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Quintin Mikell has never been my favorite Eagle.
I always felt he lacks the tackling ability that you would want from a safety, but he still led the team’s secondary in tackles this season. That’s how bad the secondary was.
The reason I would re-sign him is because of his coverage abilities. His slot presence makes up for some of his tackling deficiencies.
I think what made up for his deficiencies the most was the presence of Nate Allen. Allen is a big hitter and allows Mikell to stay in coverage.
If you get Allen back healthy, your secondary improves with the duo of Mikell and Allen together.
Matt Light, OT, New England Patriots
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I feel the same way about Matt Light as I do Jermon Bushrod, but my cutoff price in the free agency bidding would be a lot higher.
Light is one of the best offensive linemen in the game and his addition would give quarterback Mike Vick ample time to make completions or run the ball.
If I had to choose between Bushrod and Light, you better believe I am taking Light.
Nnamdi Asomugha, CB, Oakland Raiders, or Antonio Cromartie, CB, New York Jets
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The Eagles secondary was subpar at best this season.
I understand the youth of the players in the secondary, but you need a player to lead them and teach them. Asante Samuel is not that man.
If the Eagles could make a push for Nnamdi Asomugha or Antonio Cromartie and land one, they would have on of the toughest secondaries in the league.
Imagine Asante Samuel on a team’s No. 2 receiver while Nnamdi Asomugha covers their No. 1.
Mike Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
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My proposal is to re-sign Mike Vick and trade Kevin Kolb for picks.
Mike Vick proved that his more skilled now than he ever was in Atlanta.
Andy Reid and the system the Philadelphia Eagles have in place is strong enough to keep Vick in line and help him be the best quarterback he can be.
Vick’s passing has become a real threat and with the weapons the Eagles have, the best option going forward has to be Mike Vick.
I still wish they would run the ball more, but that’s a topic for another article.