For the Eagles, the past few days of free agency has been one for the ages. Last year, the Chicago Bears set the football world on fire by signing Julius Peppers and Chester Taylor. This year the Eagles have incinerated the football world by signing six Pro Bowl-caliber players.
Jason Babin was the first free agent signing for the Eagles. He wasn't as promising as Charles Johnson and he somehow wasn't as popular as Ray Edwards, but he fits a need. Babin is an absolute quarterback sacking machine. Babin came off his best year in 2010 with 12.5 sacks where new Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn helped turn him into a former first round bust into a Pro Bowl defensive end.
The Eagles also got an insurance policy for Michael Vick when they signed Vince Young, who has a career record of 30-18. Young has a similar skill-set to Vick, and the Eagles offense will not have to adjust much at all if something happens to their starter. Having an athlete with a cannon for an arm being backed up by another athlete with a cannon for an arm is a rarely-seen luxury in the NFL. Young has demonstrated to the Eagles that he wants to be a team player, and has shown plenty of humility by stating his willingness to take on any role, whether it's holding a clipboard or taking reps as the scout team quarterback.
The next signing the Eagles made knocked everyone either on their seat or out of their seat. The Jets and the Cowboys were the two teams bidding for cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha's services, or so we thought. When it was announced that neither team was going to be able to sign Asomugha, it was clear that a mystery team was going to win the Nnamdi sweepstakes. Just like last winter when the Phillies came out of nowhere and snatched Cliff Lee from a Dallas and New York franchise, the Eagles snatched up Asomugha from the Cowboys and Jets. The Eagles instantly became the early Super Bowl favorites, and they weren't even through signing big name players.
Within 24 hours, the Eagles made their next move, signing defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins. Jenkins was a 3-4 end with the Packers, but should play both end and tackle in the Eagles' 4-3.
As if that wasn't enough, the Eagles got two stud backups to their roster, signing running back Ronnie Brown to a one year, $1 million deal and offensive tackle Ryan Harris to a similar one year deal. Ronnie Brown has proven to be a complete back and is outstanding in blitz pickup, while Ryan Harris has been a bit consistent and has some injury concerns, but is the perfect fit in Howard Mudd's offensive line scheme.
The Eagles came into free agency with several holes to fill as a borderline contender in the NFC. They came out of free agency as the team to beat despite not winning a playoff game since the 2008 season.
Obviously, it's a long season and anything can happen, but you would have to think that the Eagles have positioned themselves as the team to beat right now. It's Super Bowl or bust in Philly, and anything less would be a major disappointment.