2011 Free Agency: Targets at Every Postion for Philadelphia Eagles
Though free agency will most likely occur after the draft, the Philadelphia Eagles will be major players.They have enough cap room to sign major free agents who will improve the team greatly next season.
The Eagles have a few glaring needs, and if it is not addressed in the draft, you could expect the Eagles to heavily pursue filling the need in free agency.
Here is one target at each position for the Eagles:
QB: Mark Bulger
Marc Bulger was supposed to be an elite quarterback for many years during his days with St. Louis.
Injuries derailed his career. He could still be a capable backup to Vick; like the way he did with Joe Flacco in Baltimore.
Bulger is 33 years old and could be a great fit in Andy Reid's offense; hopefully no team pursues him to be their starter!
RB: Carnell Williams
Carnell "Cadillac" Williams is a solid running back who can excel as a backup.
Williams lost his job in Tampa Bay to LeGarette Blount, but he can still catch the ball and block well. Williams caught 46 balls last season.
The Eagles backup running back job will not be attractive, considering the Eagles had one of the best with Jerome Harrison and barely used him.
FB: Le'Ron McClain
Le'Ron McClain could be a great fit in the Eagles' West Coast system.
McClain can catch the ball and is a solid runner. He can also push the chains in short yardage, where the Eagles struggle in.
WR: T.J. Houshmandzadeh
The Eagles are set at their top-three receiving positions with DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant. In fact, the Eagles may have the best wide receiving core in the league.
With that being said, the Eagles will not have to target a top receiving target.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh had a decent season as a slot receiver in Baltimore, and most teams realize he has lost most of his speed.
Houshmandzadeh could possibly fit as a red zone target and he can be a solid third down receiver.
TE: Desmond Clark
With the inefficiency of the Eagles offensive line last season, tight end Brent Celek was asked to block and line up on the right side to help Winston Justice.
The Eagles have lacked a legitimate blocking tight end and Clark can fill that void.
He can also be a solid red zone target at 6'3", 250 pounds.
Clark is no slouch in the passing game either, even though he was not used that much in Chicago under Mike Martz's system.
OT: Jared Gaither
Jared Gaither, the 24-year-old tackle, was one of the best left tackles in all of football last year with the Ravens.
This season was injury-riddled, but he is still dominant in both run and pass blocking.
The Ravens want him back to move him to RT, but the Eagles can pry him away with a big contract, hoping he remains healthy.
Gaither would provide a significant upgrade, and the Eagles could have the best bookend tackles in the game with Gaither and LT Jason Peters.
Gaither would be protecting Vick's blindside, which he did for Joe Flacco at LT.
He is also a huge lineman, which Reid usually prefers. Gaither stands at 6'9", 340 pounds.
OG: Davin Joseph
Joseph is one of the best guards in football. He is very athletic and can move well on his feet laterally, making him a nice fit on the offensive line.
The Eagles' greatest need is at right guard, and Joseph could solidify the right side of the line.
Joseph's season was cut short last season because of his foot injury, but he should be able to come back healthy.
C: Olin Kreutz
The Eagles could have a center battle next season with Mike McGlynn and Jamaal Jackson next season.
The center market is pretty bleak, but if Jackson cannot come back from a serious injury, and the Eagles do not trust McGlynn enough, they could sign the veteran Olin Kreutz.
Kreutz is declining veteran, but he is still a solid pass protector. He is also relatively healthy and could be a nice addition.
DE: Jason Babin
He is very likely to come to Philadelphia, especially after the Jim Washburn hiring. Babin even talked about his future, calling it a "tough decision" on whether to follow Washburn and rejoin the Eagles or stay in Tennessee.
Jason Babin had 12.5 sacks last year and could be a great complement to star pass rusher Trent Cole. Babin also, for the first time in his career, played the run extremely well.
He had 58 tackles, which is a solid number for a guy more known for his pass rush.
With Brandon Graham unlikely to start the season healthy, Babin could be a solid signing to hold down the defensive end job until Graham comes back.
DT: Brandon Mebane
Mebane finally showed his pass rushing capabilities, even though he only had one sack.
Mebane would be a solid fit as a rotating defensive tackle. He can push the pocket and is quick to be a disruptive player on the line, something the defensive line lacks.
ILB: Paul Posluszny
Posluszny was one of the few bright spots on a horrid Buffalo Bill defense.
He recorded 151 tackles and was a stud in the middle.
Posluszny could fit in as the Eagles middle linebacker, which would move Jamar Chaney to the weakside, a position he is still familiar with.
Posluszny is an aggressive, hard-working player and could fit what Juan Castillo wants.
OLB: James Anderson
The 240-pound Anderson had a great season starting at strongside linebacker.
Anderson recorded 130 tackles, two forced fumbles, and an interception.
If the Eagles do not re-sign Stewart Bradley, Anderson could be a target in a weak strongside linebacker class.
CB: Nnamdi Asomugha
Nnamdi Asomugha was only targeted 29 times in 14 games last season, an astoundingly low number.
Teams know the capabilities of Asomugha and are smart not to test him because most of the time the ball would not be completed.
Asomugha has elite speed and size and can stick with any receiver in the league.
The Eagles employ man-to-man coverage, and Asomugha is the best in the league.
He can press and be physical at the line, but fits what the Eagles do on defense, opposite of Asante Samuel, who plays off the receiver.
S: Eric Weddle
Eric Weddle is an underrated safety not many talk about. The 26-year-old Weddle recorded 96 tackles and two interceptions, to go along with 10 passes defensed.
Weddle is playmaker in the Chargers secondary and is rangy for a strong safety.
He can also support the run well and was one of the leaders on the Chargers defense.
Weddle could form a great tandem with Nate Allen at free safety.
K: Matt Prater
Prater is one of the best kickers in the league.
Before he suffered a groin injury, Prater hit 16 of 19 field goals (7-10 from 40+ yards).
In 2009, Prater hit 30 of 35 field goals (10-13 from 40+ yards).
P: Adam Podlesh
Podlesh is a solid punter, and could be a target if the Eagles cut ties with Sav Rocca.
Podlesh averaged 43.8 yards on his 57 punts, with 26 punts inside the 20.