With more and more headlines indicating the Philadelphia Eagles’ interest in free agency and winning now as opposed to building for the future, as an Eagles fan I cannot wait for a collective bargaining agreement to be reached, so I can see who Andy Reid brings aboard.
Many big names—such as Nnamdi Asomugha, Albert Haynesworth, and even the recently freed Plaxico Burress—are being tossed around.
However, as exciting as it would be for the Eagles to land a big name free agent, the franchise often refrains from making large splashes in free agency.
Instead, the Eagles often attempt to go for the steal, snagging an effective player at a more reasonable price. This was attempted most recently in the failed Marlin Jackson signing prior to the 2010 season, but even the signing of Vick was a steal as the financial burden incurred by the Eagles was not high.
If history repeats itself, then we can expect the Eagles to be aggressive in free agency, but possibly not in the way fans will immediately appreciate.
If the Eagles therefore refrain, as usual, from making a big splash, here are five non big-name free agents who could nonetheless make an immediate impact in Philadelphia and help the Eagles win a Super Bowl.