The Eagles are nearing training camp, and the position that’ll be highly monitored is linebacker. 

After both T.J. Edwards and Kyzir White walked in free agency, it was evident that it’d be a hole.

Heading into free agency and draft season, we didn’t see the Eagles put too much emphasis on finding their replacements.

The Birds brought in Nicholas Morrow to pair with second-year player Nakobe Dean, but I’m not sure that by Week 1, there will not be another player added to the group.

Nicholas Morrow is capable of being an every-down linebacker. He showed that last season with the Chicago Bears, recording a career-high 116 total tackles. This was an improvement over his previous seasons with the Raiders, and the hope is that he can continue growing as a player. He was unable to play in 2021 due to injury, but outside of that, he has been relatively healthy throughout his career.

Of his five healthy seasons, he has played in every game except for 2020, where he played in 14. With the hope that 2021 was a freak injury, I expect him to stay healthy for a deep-season playoff run. He has never been a star, but I believe he can play the position at a decently high level.

Nakobe Dean is an entirely different story. Last season as a rookie, he was only on the field for 34 defensive snaps. Within those snaps, he played well, but the sample size wasn’t enough to confirm he is ready to play all three downs. Training camp will weigh heavily on the decision of him being ready to be an every-down linebacker for the Eagles.

Although I’d love to see Nakobe Dean and Nicholas Morrow pair up for the 2023 season, I don’t think the Eagles are done adding to the group.

One name that strikes me as a great fit is Baltimore Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen.

The Baltimore Ravens declined to extend the star linebacker, and he is now heading into a contract season. With the Ravens trading for Roquan Smith and now paying him $100 Million over 5 years, it would be a bit of a head-scratcher for them to extend Patrick Queen to a pricey deal.

Not only that, the Ravens also decided to draft Clemson linebacker Trenton Simpson in this year’s draft. Simpson was a player I was extremely high on heading into the draft and wanted to Eagles to consider at the 30th pick. It seems like he is going to be Patrick Queen’s replacement for the Ravens after the 2023 season. We often see teams willing to move players playing on the last year of their deal to avoid letting them walk the following season for nothing.

Patrick Queen is only 23 and turns 24 in August. He recorded 106, 98, and 117 total tackles in his first three seasons. He also showed his ability to pass rush, recording 3, 2, and 5 sacks. He has solidified himself as one of the top linebackers in this league before he has even turned 24 years old.

With Nakobe Dean and Nicholas Morrow, the hopes are to try and replace the production Edwards and White gave last season.

Patrick Queen is not only a replacement but also an upgrade.

It’s unclear right now if the Ravens are willing to trade him, but training camp may give them that answer. If Trenton Simpson can perform at a high level as a rookie, they would be smart to move Queen before he walks into free agency for nothing. It’ll be interesting to see if that is the case and what the asking price will be.

I don’t think the asking price will be as high as trading for someone like Tampa Bay’s Devin White, but I do think they will want a decent return.

Training Camp is roughly two weeks away, and it’ll be very telling for the Eagles 2023 linebacker group.
Whether during or after training camp, I believe the Eagles will add a player to their linebacker group before week one.

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