We’re just under 2 weeks until NFL free agency begins. 4p.m. ET on Wednesday March 13th can’t come soon enough.

Rumors are already beginning to pop up for plenty of teams. From the Eagles potential interest in Chiefs CB L’Jarius Sneed, to Saquon Barkley eyeing a move to the Houston Texans.

With a free agent list slightly shorter than last years. The Eagles will need to make most of their moves in free agency if they hope to address some problems before the draft.

The Eagles have already signed multiple players to begin the off-season, including:

  • LB Julian Okwara
  • RB Tyrion Davis-Price
  • OT Darian Kinnard
  • Albert Okwuegbunam

 

While nothing is set in stone for the rest of these Eagles free agents, the following players could be signing with other teams in the coming weeks, with a player already under contract to fill out the depth chart.

  • RBs Rashaad Penny / Boston Scott
  • TE Jack Stoll
  • OLs Sua Opeta / Jack Driscoll
  • LBs Shaun Bradley / Nicholas Morrow / Darius Leonard / Zach Cunningham 

None of the moves have screamed final solution, but the Eagles will need to solidify the following positions before next season kicks off in September.

  • QB2
  • RB1
  • WR3 & 4
  • RG1
  • Multiple LBs

 

Choices For The Offense

QB2

The Eagles signed Marcus Mariota to a 1-year deal last off-season. Many were interested to see what the former Atlanta Falcon could do in a backup role. During the preseason, it seemed liked 6th round rookie Tanner McKee had more consistency than the 9 year veteran.

It seems unlikely the Eagles would bring back Mariota. And while they have been linked to Zach Wilson in the past, trading assets for a backup QB who frustrated an entire franchise, let alone just it’s fanbase, doesn’t seem like a wise decision in a scenario Jalen Hurts misses time.

Available Free Agent: Jacoby Brissett

There was interest for the Eagles to sign Jacoby Brissett last year. However the Commanders scooped up the former Cleveland Brown the opening day. With an opportunity to start over Sam Howell, Brissett only saw action in weeks 15 and 16. Putting up a combined 18/23 224 Yards and 3 Touchdowns. 

Brissett could end up costing the Eagles more than Mariota’s previous $5,000,000 contract, but as we witnessed with the Jets and Browns season. A backup Quarterback can make or break your season.

 

RB1

There are PLENTY of options available if the Eagles are on the hunt for another star running back.

From Derrick Henry and Josh Jacobs. To Gus Edwards and Devin Singletary. It wouldn’t be the end of the world if the Eagles choose to move on from D’Andre Swift. Swift’s projected Salary (per Spotrac) is $6.7 Million. Should the Eagles be giving out similar numbers to the Miles Sanders contract, perhaps they should go big game hunting for another 1-year back? 

 

Available Free Agent: Derrick Henry

OR

Re-Sign D’Andre Swift

 

I’d like to see the Eagles find a way to re-sign D’Andre Swift. Only one year of the first #0 jersey just doesn’t seem right. Although putting up career highs and being nominated to the Pro-Bowl with the Eagles, the contract may come in at a higher price. If the Eagles are going to touch anything close to the $7 Million mark, it’s going to be a no from me. And that’s when I turn to Derrick Henry. If you’re going to pay up, may as well pay up for one of the best running backs who’s played on the 32nd (2023) and 27th (2022) ranked offensive lines, and still found himself as the 2nd highest rushing leader. 

The 49ers traded 4 draft picks for Christian McCaffrey. It might be time for the Eagles to get a true difference maker in the back field of their own.

 

WR 3 & 4

Another position with plenty of available free agents.

I don’t see the Eagles going long-term on a depth piece with DeVonta Smith’s contract looming in the background. However, they do have options to choose from.

Available Free Agent Option 1: D.J. Chark

Available Free Agent Option 2: Noah Brown

Both receivers hit over the 500 yard plateau, something Quez Watkins hasn’t hit since 2021 in a WR2 capacity. Cap space could become a concern depending on how the Eagles choose to spend their projected $26,888,569 (per Spotrac) in available cap. While Chark is the more premium option, with a market value of $10.9M, Brown’s value according to Spotrac is only $5.6M. Marginally cheaper for relatively similar production. If Chark is interested in a friendlier prove-it deal before securing a long term contract next season, then that’s the direction I would head for a 1-year WR3.

With a solution to WR3, there’s multiple options for WR4. The Eagles could address this with a draft pick. But I have an easier in house solution.

Re-Sign Olamide Zaccheaus

The Eagles offense struggled and still had two 1,000 yard receivers. Both Watkins (142 yards) and Zaccheaus (164 yards) weren’t being utilized in Brian Johnson’s offense. With Kellen Moore’s arrival in Philadelphia, things will look a lot different for an Eagles offense that rarely used motion. Zaccheaus was coming off a 533 yard season in Atlanta with Marcus Mariota and signed a $1.35M deal. Spotrac has his market value around $2.7M. If the Eagles are able to find a happy middle ground to bring back one of their many free agents. This would be my choice.

 

 

RG1

Many fans will continue to question the future of the Eagles Offensive Line, and some will even tell you they should spend the 22nd pick on an OL as well.

There’s still many questions regarding the Eagles OL. Will Kelce return for 1 more year? Is Jurgens the solution at C or RG? 

In a perfect world, we’d see Kelce and Jurgens resume their position along the line giving Steen the duty as a backup OL for another year capable of playing multiple positions. However, it’s most likely we’ll see Jurgens and Steen in the C and RG position, with Kinnard and a Day 2 or 3 draft pick to fill out the depth chart.

 

Choices For The Defense

There is multiple players across the defense departing the Eagles this season. It seems obvious Brandon Graham will return for his final season, and the Eagles have already drafted two 1st round defensive tackles to address Cox and Hargrave’s departures.

Many might want to see James Bradberry be cut or traded. Howie Roseman has hinted that Bradberry will be a part of the Eagles future. Whether that remains true come September, we’ll have to wait and find out. But if the Eagles are intent on keeping Avonte Maddox and Isaiah Rodgers, they’ll have an abundance of starting caliber cornerbacks and may have to move on from someone in the secondary.

However there’s one major area of concern for this Eagles roster and it is the barren waste of the linebacker room that would currently see Nakobe Dean and Ben VanSumeren in the starting roles.

Multiple LBs

Available Free Agent Option 1: Andrew Van Ginkel

The writing has been on the wall for the Eagles to sign Van Ginkel since the news of Vic Fangio joining the Eagles first broke. It’s the most obvious signing the Eagles could make to kick off free agency and could solve a large issue on the defense. 6 Sacks, 19 QB Hits and 69 Tackles. Almost all career highs with only 1 year under Fangio should see most fans agree with this hopeful move. But with injury woes and concerns for Nakobe Dean, the Eagles SHOULD be addressing the position 

 

Available Free Agent Option 2: Patrick Queen

Another swing for the fences option depending on how the Eagles want to spend their cap space. Signing Patrick Queen to a long term deal could be Philadelphia’s solution to a star Linebacker. Projected to get an $18.5M salary, this might cost the Eagles in other positions, which is why I could see the pursuit of Ginkel and a 1st or 2nd round draft pick like Edgerrin Cooper or Jeremiah Trotter Jr. as the most realistic outcome.

 

 

There’s 2 more weeks of rumors to get through until we will see who the Eagles actually pursuit in free agency.

Who are you hoping they sign for the upcoming season?

 

Go Birds!

 

 

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