With the news that the Philadelphia Eagles will place the franchise tag on the Michael Vick show, and possibly placing Kevin Kolb on the trade block, here are ten free agents, draft possibilities or trades that could help Vick, Jackson and company get to that next level and represent the NFC in next year's Super Bowl...and beyond for years to come. The Eagles are one of the youngest teams in the NFL. These moves can help make them a dynasty.
...Interior lineman Daryn Colledge
While Daryn Colledge didn't set the world on fire with his run blocking this season, he is a strong pass blocker and an experienced veteran who now has championship experience. The Eagles are a young team but a place where they can use some experience and leadership is on the offensive line. Colledge is expendable to the Packers with young linemen stepping up and getting experience this year for titletown.
The Eagles could get Colledge at a bargain price and would immediately shore a line that put Vick at entirely too much risk this season.
If you're beginning to see a trend after only the second player in this slide show, you're not mistaken.
Let's face it...the Eagles o-line needs work and maybe a little overhauling if they are going to keep Vick safe next season. They have a few very good linemen like Parker and Herremans, but they absolutely must improve their roster in these positions if they are to get to the next level. Matt Light has protected Tom Brady's blind side for a decade and he has enough fuel in the tank to help Vick stay in the pocket so he can hit targets like Jackson, Avant, Celek and Maclin. Also, Light seems to be the odd man out in free agency this year as far as the Patriots are concerned. The Pats have a great young linemen in Sebastian Vollmer who looks to be ready to fill Light's shoes. The Eagles could pick up another champion lineman with savvy and experience.
The soap opera (and an entertaining one at that) that is the New York Jets just simply have too many free agents to sign this off-season. One of those free-agents who has probably played his last game in a Jet uniform is Shaun Ellis. Ellis is a strong defensive end who could help the Eagles put more pressure on opposing quarterbacks so the secondary would have more help in coverage. Everything starts on the line on both sides of the ball and the Eagles need help. Ellis could be a big piece of the Super Bowl puzzle for Philly.
Put simply, Nnamdi Asomugha could be to the Eagles next year what Julius Peppers was to the Bears this season...an immediate awesome defensive presence that catapults the team to another level immediately. Yeah, Antonio Cromartie is also available, but the Eagles not only get a top notch defensive back in Asomugha, they also get a fantastic human being who constantly gives back to the community. Nnamdi was a finalist for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award this year. The Raiders are a mess of an organization with no QB and no direction and their recent choice for head coach does not give this writer any reason to believe that anything is going to change anytime soon. Asomugha deserves a chance to win and in Philly, they can help each other.
The Eagles need to trade Kevin Kolb for two reasons.
1) Kevin Kolb deserves a chance to start for a NFL team. He has done his internship and is ready. He has waited and he has done everything right. The Eagles are now Vick's team but Kolb deserves a chance to lead.
2) Kolb is worth a lot more right now due to an old business theory about supply and demand. Right now, there is a huge need for quarterbacks in the NFL. No less than seven teams will be actively looking in the offseason. Seattle accidentally hurt their draft spot by winning the NFC West with a losing record. They could easily give up their twenty-fifth overall 2011 first round pick to get Kolb, a proven QB who could step in right now and lead the Seahawks now that Hasselbeck is getting up there in years.
Now who should the Eagles take with that selection?
I'm going with the twin brother of the Steelers' star rookie center, Maurkice Pouncey. Mike Pouncey is a strong interior lineman and would, in this writer's perfect world...be the final component in revamping the Eagles o-line. This Gator lineman would fit in just fine in Philly.
The Redskins are done with him it seems. I marvel at myself for even thinking this. Haynesworth is a mess. He has even had a recent run-in with the law for slugging another citizen. He literally laid down on the field when the Eagles pummeled the Redskins this past season. He seems to be a head case. But you know when he wasn't a head case? He wasn't a head case when he played in Tennessee for the Titans under coach Jim Washburn, who now happens to be the defensive line coach for the Eagles. I'm also not so sure that Haynesworth was the whole problem in Washington. Donovan McNabb has NEVER been a problem in Philly and Shanahan seemed to have a problem with McNabb in Washington. When Shanahan didn't get along with one player, maybe that is on the player. But Shanahan seems to have a problem relating to a number of players. Maybe Shanahan is just out of touch. If there is one team in the entire NFL that might make something work with Haynesworth, it just may be the Eagles. If it did work, the Eagles would instantly have the pass rush they wanted all last season. And, due to the Redskins attitude toward Haynesworth, it may not cost much to get him. Haynesworth himself has stated that he might be willing to accept less pay to play under Washburn again as reported by Jason La Canfora of NFL network.
...Cameron Jordan, Defensive Tackle from Cal.
Jordan is an awesome presence on any defensive line. This 6'4", 282 pound beast of a young man has played nearly flawlessly at Cal and is a near perfect rusher who can tackle. He would be a great addition to the Eagles Super Bowl puzzle and will most likely be available at the 23rd pick.
I know what you're saying.
Plaxico Buress? Is this guy nuts? He's already saying the Eagles should go get Haynesworth. Now he wants to get Buress too?
Yes. Yes I do.
Plaxico is guilty of making stupid decisions. But he is past it now. A little jail time goes a long way to making one change his decision making style. Now, the Eagles are really in no immediate need of an addition to their receiver corps, but Plax can be signed for a bargain basement price and he can have time to get better. Hey, it worked for Vick and look where we are now. Plus he would be good insurance with the Eagles' receivers getting so banged up this past season. Riley Cooper was out with a concussion as was DeSean Jackson. Hey...it could work!
The Virginia Tech quarterback is fast. He needs some help becoming more of a pocket passer. He is seriously dangerous outside the pocket. He is elusive. He is a little short for a quarterback. He is a dangerous runner.
With Vick young enough to play for years to come, Tyrod Taylor, the ACC player of the year in 2010 would have time to get NFL ready and what a better player to learn under than the very player he has been taking football advice from on the phone for a year now. Both played under the great Frank Beamer at VT and if Andy Reid could turn Vick into a better pocket passer this late into a career, imagine what he could do with Taylor. I think the NFL has it wrong with making him a WR in the draft. The Vikings found out what they had with Joe Webb and the Eagles could scoop up Taylor with a late round pick. He would be a future piece of the puzzle to create a Philadelphia dynasty for years to come.
Put simply, the Eagles need to re-sign the following free agents in order to stay competitive:
Quintin Mikell, Stewart Bradley, Omar Gaither, David Akers and Sav Rocca.
These are players who can continue to contribute to Eagle succeses and who I believe should be re-signed immediately after the new CBA is reached.
Oh...and while they are at it, the Eagles should re-negotiate with DeSean Jackson. Pay the man!