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Sean Jones Signing Takes Big Hits On Both The Eagles and Browns

Cory HolibaughCorrespondent IMarch 11, 2009

Philadelphia has signed one of the best free agents safeties available. The Eagles know it, but does the NFL know?

The Browns Big Hit:

Since the 2006 season, Jones' 14 interceptions are behind only Baltimore Raven Ed Reed's 21 and St. Louis Ram Oshiomogho Atogwe's 16. Jones also had 111 tackles in '06 and 96 tackles in '07.

If Jones would have had the season without injuries, the Browns could have been compelled to franchise tag him. Keeping him could have lead to a long-term deal. Defense is obviously something they need right now, along with youth. The Browns have really missed out and it will be hard to replace Jones.

The draft isn't exactly deep in safeties, and neither is free agency. Brodney Pool isn't a great safety and he needs more help than Mike Adams to get the job done. Replacing Jones will be very tough, but then again the Browns did get him in the second round in 2004. Either way, the Browns' Big Hit is a bad one.

The Eagles Big Hit:

When Brain Dawkins signed with the Denver Broncos, I was very surprised. I had no doubt in my mind that Philly would do everything in their power to keep him. He just meant so much to the team. But I was apparently wrong.

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Now Sean Jones is no Brain Dawkins, but he will be an above average safety. Sean's injury is what makes his presence so unknown. If Jones would have stayed healthy for the Browns, I am 100 percent sure he would of had great numbers.

The Eagles made the mistake of signing him to a one-year deal. They could have signed him to a deal with options. If he has a great season, options could keep him an Eagle for awhile, but the one year gives him the option of leaving after the season. Nonetheless, they have him.

The Eagles have had many good players leave via free agency and still need a wideout, but kudos for signing Jones. He filled a tremendous hole left by Dawkins. The Eagles' Big Hit is a good one.

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