The Philadelphia Eagles Twitter account posted a “budget” style game where you have $15 to build the best grouping of defensive players by position.

If that made no sense to you, here is the tweet itself:



You get one player of your choice from each position group, but the total cost of the five players can not exceed $15.


Here is my team, and be sure to share yours in the comments as well.


Defensive End // Reggie White ($5)

I will admit, it was tempting to scoop up Brandon Graham for $1 because that is a steal. At the end of the day, though, Reggie White is probably the greatest defensive end of all time and one of the two or three best defensive players ever. I just can not responsibly build a defense and pass on the opportunity to add him to my team.

White does not officially hold the record for sacks in a single season, but in my opinion, his 1987 season remains the greatest pass-rushing campaign in NFL history, producing 21 sacks in just 12 games. White had 124 sacks in 121 games as an Eagle, and he posted at least 11 sacks in all eight seasons in Philadelphia. He was simply one of a kind.

Defensive Tackle // Hollis Thomas ($1)

Due to the cost of White and another player further down the list that I could not pass up, I had to be cheap elsewhere. It would certainly have been nice to have Jerome Brown or Fletcher Cox on the interior, but I think with White already on the defensive line, I can safely resort to Hollis Thomas, who was a very solid player in his own right.

The tank had quite the stout physique but possessed cromulent pass-rushing chops for his position.

Linebacker // Byron Evans ($3)

Byron Evans was part of a lot of stacked defenses during the late ’80s and early ’90s, but he could play as well.

Evans was always around the ball and created a lot of turnovers (13 interceptions and 12 fumble recoveries in eight seasons). I like him as a playmaking middle linebacker.

Cornerback // Sheldon Brown ($1)

There were a lot of good options at the corner, which is partly why I settled for another bargain bin option in Sheldon Brown, a steal for $1, in my opinion.

Brown was an absolute ballhawk, and he was ridiculously good in 2005 with four interceptions and an absurd 27 pass breakups. Of course, his claim to fame is this monstrous hit on Reggie Bush in the playoffs in 2006. I love the value here.

Safety // Brian Dawkins ($5)

Like White, I just could not build a defense and pass on Brian Dawkins, arguably one of the three best safeties in NFL history. Weapon X was the emotional leader of the Eagles’ defense (and maybe the entire team) for a decade and is also one of the more versatile defensive backs of all time.

Dawkins is one of just two players with 35+ interceptions and 25+ sacks in his career, along with Ronde Barber. Add on four first-team All-Pros and an iconic speech after an NFC Championship, and this was an easy choice.


Photo: Michael Perez/Associated Press

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