NFL Signings: Power Ranking the Philadelphia Eagles 2011 Offseason Moves
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Prior to the opening of free agency, the Philadelphia Eagles proclaimed to their fans that they are “all in."
Clearly, they were not joking.
Andy Reid and company have been extremely aggressive and brought in some of the top freeagent prizes of 2011.
Let’s take a look at the power rankings of the Philadelphia Eagles’ offseason moves. We will count it down to the No. 1 move.
8. Everybody Else
Tight End, Donald Lee
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No offense to the following players, but the Eagles have made so many moves that, if each player was listed separately, you'd be reading all night. This group provides nice depth and may have some opportunities to step into larger roles should injuries strike.
Tight end Donald Lee, formerly of the Green Bay Packers, will step in as the Eagles' second tight end. Lee is not flashy, but he is an underrated player.
Former Raiders wide receiver Johnnie Lee Higgins is an absolute burner. His primary position is receiver, but with Jackson, Maclin and Avant already in the fold, Higgins projects more as a valuable special teamer. He is an experienced return man with three career punt returns for touchdowns.
Offensive lineman Evan Mathis signed with the Eagles after spending the past three seasons with the Bengals.
Mathis is a guard who has 22 career starts and will provide insurance for the interior of the offensive line.
7. Ronnie Brown
Running Back, Ronnie Brown
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Ronnie Brown is yet another big name free-agent signing. Prior to this deal, the Eagles were sorely lacking a backup running back.
They have stocked up on small speedy backs, but Brown brings some much-needed size to the position. Brown turns 30 this year and, due to injuries, he is not the same player who was drafted No. 2 overall back in 2005.
The Eagles got Ronnie Brown for a reported one year $1 million deal. At this price, he is a great value and is a capable starter should LeSean McCoy get injured.
6. Ryan Harris
Right Tackle, Ryan Harris
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Ryan Harris does not bring the same big-name recognition that many of the other moves have. However, he is a strong player who will likely start at right tackle. Incumbent Winston Justice is on the PUP list and struggled last season.
This move is crucial because QB Michael Vick is left-handed and, therefore, Harris will be protecting his blind side.
5. Jason Babin
Defensive End, Jason Babin
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The Eagles are hoping to get the Jason Babin of 2010. Babin went from being a first-round bust to Pro Bowler last season with the Tennessee Titans.
Babin finally flourished last season under defensive line coach Jim Washburn's system, recording 12.5 sacks. He has now followed coach Washburn to Philadelphia for his second stint with the team. Babin will provide a pass-rush compliment to left end Trent Cole.
4. Vince Young
Quarterback, Vince Young
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Vince Young has been a polarizing NFL figure. He does not put up gaudy passing numbers and had a tumultuous tenure in Tennessee. On the other hand, Young has experienced success, tallying 30 wins and 17 losses during his career.
Young signed a one-year deal with the Eagles. Young is hoping to benefit from Andy Reid and his staff the same way that Michael Vick has. If everything goes according to his plan, Young will likely be looking for a starting gig in 2012.
This move ranks so highly because of the significant injury risks that come with having Michael Vick as your starter. The Eagles hope that he does not have to play at all this season, but it's nice to know he's there if they need him.
3. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
Cornerback, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
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DRC, as he is known, was the main piece coming back in the Kevin Kolb trade. He was the 16th overall pick in 2008 and brought down 13 interceptions for Arizona. In addition to Cromartie, the Eagles received a 2012 second-round draft pick for Kolb.
Coming into the offseason, the Eagles desperately needed to address the cornerback position opposite Asante Samuel. In Cromartie, they acquired a young Pro Bowl-caliber player with a very bright future.
2. Cullen Jenkins
Defensive Tackle, Cullen Jenkins
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Fresh off his championship in Green Bay, defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins will try to bring the Lombardi Trophy with him to Philadelphia. Jenkins is a versatile player who can play across the defensive front in a 3-4 or a 4-3 scheme. The Eagles will likely use him in the middle as a defensive tackle.
Cullen Jenkins provides a major upgrade in production at tackle. He finished last year with seven sacks in 11 games.
The Eagles shipped out former first-round pick Broderick Bunkley (twice actually) after five underwhelming years.
Jenkins is a beast and will wreak havoc in the middle against both the pass and run games.
1. Nnamdi Asomugha
Cornerback, Nnamdi Asomugha
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I could try to shock you with a "clever," out-of-the-box choice for the No. 1 slot, but it would be ridiculous not to put the All-Pro cornerback here.
Nnamdi Asomugha is widely regarded as the second-best cover corner in the league. His interception numbers are low, but the way he ties up the oppositions' top receivers is remarkable. He has the ability to shut down nearly half of the field.
The Eagles shocked everyone with this move. There was no public discussion of their interest and they seemed out of the running since they had just acquired Rodgers-Cromartie.
Together, DRC, Asante Samuel and Asomugha form the top trio of corners and one of the most fearsome secondaries in the league. Now the question is how will new defensive coordinator Juan Castillo use his three Pro Bowl corners. Or will they all even be on the Eagles roster for the opener in St. Louis?
What Do You Think?
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