NFL Free Agency: Top 10 Free Agents the Philadelphia Eagles Should Target
The Eagles are in need of upgrades at defensive end, corner back and linebacker—if Stewart Bradley is not re-signed. In addition the Eagles need to sign a back-up quarterback to be ready if Michael Vick is out at any point of the season since it's widely speculated that current back-up Kevin Kolb will out of Philly before next week begins.
Here are ten NFL free agents who the Eagles should put serious thought into signing before the seasons begins.
1. Ray Edwards
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The Philadelphia Eagles have their eyes on defensive end in Ray Edwards according to Philly.com.
Edwards is coming off a productive 2010 season where he compiled 37 tackles and 8.5 sacks.
Adding Edwards would spruce up the Eagles defense who were in need of some help last season, where Trent Cole had a monster season with 65 tackles, 10 sacks and one forced fumble, but had little help opposite him.
Edwards would be one of the few key accusation's the Eagles need to make this offseason to further their post season success this season.
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The Oakland Raider's Nnamdi Asomugha is one of the most sought after free agents on the market, and the Philadelphia Eagles have been in the mix for the defensive back.
The Eagles need a reliable player to play down the field with Ansante Samuel, and there is no one better on the market than Asomugha to add to the mix.
Asomugha had a total of 19 tackles and six pass deflections last year, but his work that doesn't show up on the stat sheet is hat makes Asomugha as good as anyone one defending down the field.
3. Jonathan Joseph
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Jonathan Joesph is a talented sixth year corner back that the Philadelphia Eagles should keep their eye in case an Nnamdi Asomugha deal doesn't pan out.
Joesph had a great 2010 season racking up 42 tackles, three interceptions—one for a touchdown—and should continue to produce somewhere around the same numbers this season.
The Eagles may need to make up their minds on who they feel is a more realistic pick-up between Joesph and Asomugha, as the free agency period is expected to be a quick and frenzy filled affair.
4. Tommie Harris
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Tommie Harris is a defensive tackle the Philadelphia Eagles should keep in mind when they are searching for a player opposite Trent Cole.
Harris' numbers were down last year as he was used more in a back up role, and recorded 13 tackles, 1.5 sacks and one pass deflection.
A healthy Harris will be a nice addition to the Eagles defensive line, giving them one less area to worry about addressing going into this season.
5. Reggie Bush
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The Philadelphia Eagles are known not to shy away from at least attempting to nab any top free agent on the market that will fill one of their teams voids, and adding Reggie Bush to back up LeSean McCoy would be as good as any move they could make this free agency period.
Bush and McCoy would be a great one-two punch in the backfield, being able to distribute the running load will be a good way to keep McCoy healthy and running fluid throughout the season.
Bush is coming off an injury prone 2010,where he played in eight games racking up just 358 total yards and one touchdown. Bush can be utilized by the Eagles not only as a red-zone/3rd down back, but also in their special teams schemes, as Bush is one of the better return men in the NFL when healthy.
6. Darren Sproles
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Another option to back-up LeSean McCoy for the Philadelphia Eagles is the Sand Diego Chargers Darren Sproles.
Sproles is a small-elusive speedster who has been a quality back-up running back his whole career. During the 2010 season Sproles had compiled 787 total yards with two touchdowns.
Sproles, like Bush is also an effective kick returner and ran back over 1257 yards last year. He also is a decent punt returner and could share the load with DeSean Jackson, which could help prevent Jackson form sustaining an injury while running back the majority of the Eagles punts.
7. Alex Smith
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Out of all the now defunct former starting quarterbacks out on the market for the Philadelphia Eagles to make Michael Vick's back-up, I feel that the San Francisco 49er's quarterback Alex Smith will be the best option.
Smith has had his share of impressive moments, and the amount of time that he will actually get to play will help Smith as he is more suited to be a back-up quarterback in the NFL and seems like he would be able to come to grips with that more so than any of the other QB's available.
Smith would be a different option when he would be called upon to play— opposed to Vince Young who is a player similar to Vick in his style of play but the Eagles would benefit more from a different style of player—changing up the speed of the game, and throwing of the opposing teams defensive plans.
8. Plaxico Burress
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No matter how stacked the Philadelphia Eagles are at the wide receiver position, they enhance their receiving core even more adding Plaxico Burress.
His size alone would make him a ideal player to go to during third down and red-zone opportunities, and would give the Eagles one more offensive threat to make the opposing team to prepare for before a game.
If the Eagles can get Burress for the right price then I don't see why they wouldn't take a chance with Burress even though he has been away from the game for the last two years.
9. Stewart Bradley
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The Philadelphia Eagles should do everything in their power to keep linebacker Stewart Bradley.
Bradley was responsible for 60 tackles, one sacks and one interception to go along with six pass deflection last season.
Bradley has been a consistent player of the last few years and there is nothing to suggest that he can't keep bringing the same quality of play for the next few years to come, making him one of the few unrestricted free agent within the Eagles organization that is worth holding on to.
10. Albert Haynesworth
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Although he is not a free agent just yet, it is only a matter of time before the Washington Redskins dump the under performing Albert Haynesworth form their squad, and the Philadelphia Eagles should jump at the opportunity to lad the ex Pro Bowler.
Although he hasn't lived up to his potential in Washington, the Eagles have the Tennessee Titans former defensive line coach Jim Washburn on staff now, and Haynesworth could be back to his Pro Bowl form with the help of Washburn.
It would be a huge gamble to sign Haynesworth but with the right pieces in place for the Eagles, I believe it's one gamble that will pay off for the Eagles.