Sunday, June 30th marked the official start to the utter madness and chaos that is NBA free agency. Over 40% of the league was without a contract, so the landscape of the teams was expected to change quite a bit.

And it absolutely did not disappoint, with superstars, All-Stars, role players and bench warmers all swapping places throughout the league.

Free agency in the NFL is not anywhere near as entertaining as it is in basketball, but it has grown increasingly in exposure, popularity and in the number of big moves made by teams. One of the teams that have made good use of a free agency, especially in the last few years, is the Philadelphia Eagles. GM Howie Roseman has become very aggressive in his moves, particularly after the whole Chip Kelly situation, continuously stating that the cap “won’t hold him back” when it comes to finding ways to make the team better.

Roseman made incredible additions to the team via the free agent market, which resulted in a Super Bowl ring and maybe more in the near future. With that in mind, here are the top five signings of his tenure as GM.

5) DE Connor Barwin (Houston Texans, 2013)

Barwin came over from the Texans as a somewhat underrated signing, a player who had shown flashes of serious pass rush potential but also suffered some injuries and was inconsistent overall. However, he found himself in Philly, netting 31.5 sacks in four years and making his first Pro Bowl in 2014. Unfortunately, he was cut in 2017 and was no longer around for the Super Bowl ride, but he might be coming back for the 2019 season.

4) WR Alshon Jeffery (Chicago Bears, 2017)

During his time with the Bears, Alshon was seen as a super talented player but with a few health scares that eventually led to the team not re-signing him, even after spending a top-50 draft pick to get him. The Eagles, in dire need of starting-caliber receivers at the time, signed him to a one-year prove-it deal, and boy did he prove it. Jeffery went for 57-789-9 in his first season, becoming the much-needed partner to Zach Ertz in the passing game, helping QB Carson Wentz have an MVP-like season and securing a 4-year, $52 million extension in the process.

3) G Brandon Brooks (Houston Texans, 2016)

Brooks was always a solid starter in Houston, which is why their decision to let him walk was questionable in the first place, but he made a huge leap after coming to the Eagles. Under the tutelage of OL coach Jeff Stoutland, Brooks blossomed into a star lineman, making two consecutive Pro Bowls and anchoring one of the best offensive line units in the NFL. He suffered a bad Achilles injury in the playoff loss to the Saints a few months ago, so we can only hope he returns to that same level of play once recovered.

2) QB Nick Foles (Kansas City Chiefs, 2017)

One of the most beloved Philadelphia athletes in recent memory, Foles makes for an incredible Cinderella story. After a stellar Pro Bowl season in 2013, where he threw 27 TDs to only two interceptions (including a seven-touchdown game vs. the Raiders), Nick was inconsistent at best during the remainder of his first stint with the Eagles and also on his next two stops, in St. Louis and Kansas City. That led to him even contemplating retirement and then deciding to come back, which proved to be a very, very wise choice.

Foles returned to the Eagles in 2017 to back up Carson Wentz but, after Wentz’s devastating ACL injury, he took over and had one of the most magical playoff runs in NFL history, culminating with a ring and Super Bowl MVP honors in a showdown for the ages against Tom Brady. Nick very nearly took the Eagles back to the NFC title game in 2019, but the team ultimately fell just short. Even though he left after just two years to become the unquestioned starter in Jacksonville, his two-year run will be fondly remembered by Eagles fans for a long time.

1) S Malcolm Jenkins (New Orleans Saints, 2014)

After being drafted as a cornerback by the Saints in 2009, Jenkins made a very successful transition to safety, which led to an All-Pro appearance in 2010. The Saints chose to let him go in 2014, and Philadelphia pounced on the opportunity to have such a gifted playmaker on its defensive backfield. He has not disappointed so far, as his 50 passes defended, 11 interceptions, 9 fumbles forced(5 recovered) and 5 defensive touchdowns over 5 seasons can very much show. Jenkins has been the unquestioned vocal leader of this defense almost ever since he got to the Eagles, which is what earns him this top spot.

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