2011 Free Agency: Targets at Every Postion for Philadelphia Eagles

Jason KarlAnalyst IIIApril 22, 2011

2011 Free Agency: Targets at Every Postion for Philadelphia Eagles

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 17:  Nnamdi Asomugha  #21 of the Oakland Raiders breaks up a pass intended for Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on October 17, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    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

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    ST. LOUIS - NOVEMBER 15:  Quarterback Marc Bulger #10 of the St. Louis Rams looks to pass the ball against Charles Grant #94 of the New Orleans Saints at the Edward Jones Dome on November 15, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty I
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    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

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    LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 12:  Carnell Williams #24 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs the ball against the Washington Redskins  at FedExField on December 12, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Buccaneers defeated the Redskins 17-16. (Photo by Larry French/Getty
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    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

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 09:  Fullback Le'Ron McClain #33 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts to the crowd prior to playing the Kansas City Chiefs in their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 9, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Pho
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    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

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    BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 05:  T.J. Houshmandzadeh #84 of the Baltimore Ravens runs the ball against Bryant McFadden #20 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half of the game at M&T Bank Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. Pittsburgh
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    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

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    CHICAGO - AUGUST 21: Desmond Clark #88 of the Chicago Bears tries to keep his balance after catching a pass against the Oakland Raiders during a preseason game at Soldier Field on August 21, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Raiders defeated the Bears 32-17.
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    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

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    GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 07: Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers rushes against Jared Gaither #71 of the Baltimore Ravens at Lambeau Field on December 7, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Ravens 27-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel
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    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

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    TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 27:  Offensive lineman Davin Joseph #75 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lines up against the Miami Dolphins during a preseason game at Raymond James Stadium on August 27, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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    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

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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23:  Olin Kreutz #57 of the Chicago Bears looks on late in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Imag
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    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

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    NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 19:  Jason Babin #93 of the Tennessee Titans gestures to the Houston Texans offense during a timeout at LP Field on December 19, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Texans, 31-17.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty
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    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

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    SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 08:  Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane #92 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts in the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints during the 2011 NFC wild-card playoff game at Qwest Field on January 8, 2011 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo
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    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

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    MIAMI - DECEMBER 19: Linebacker Paul Posluszny #51 of the Buffalo Bills runs against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Miami, Florida.The Bills defeated the Dolphins 17-14.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    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

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 12:  Michael Turner #33 of the Atlanta Falcons is tackled by James Anderson #50 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Get
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    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

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    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Laurent Robinson #19 of the St. Louis Rams is tackled by Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 19, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    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

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 15:   Tight-End Brent Celek #87 of the Philadelphia Eagles is tackled after the catch by Eric Weddle #32 of the San Diego Chargers during the NFL football game on November 15, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. Cha
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    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

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    DENVER - SEPTEMBER 19:  Place kicker Matt Prater #5 of the Denver Broncos attempts a field goal from the hold of Britton Colquitt #4 against the Seattle Seahawks at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 19, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated
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    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

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    MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 11: Punter Adam Podlesh #3 of the Jacksonville Jaguars sets to kick against the Miami Dolphins at Dolphin Stadium on August 11, 2007 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    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.