ESPN and Scout Inc.’s Matt Williamson takes a look at some of the Eagles’ potential targets at linebacker as free agency opens on Tuesday. Here’s what he had to say (you know, just in case you haven’t heard these names 143 times over the last two months).
5. LB Stephen Tulloch: One of the best middle linebackers in the game and improving yearly, Tulloch will be more sought after than many fans realize. He covers ground, is a punishing downhill force and keeps getting better as a coverage player. Detroit needs to bring this guy back, but a team like Philadelphia might have something to say about that.
22. LB Curtis Lofton: A foundation of Atlanta’s defense and possessing the skill set to play in either a 4-3 or 3-4, Lofton seems destined to return to Atlanta as a leader of the defense. But the Falcons do have huge decisions to make with their spending and inside linebacker isn’t a premium position.
23. LB David Hawthorne: Although not a household name, Hawthorne is an active and productive linebacker. He can line up in multiple spots on the second level and could fit either a 3-4 or 4-3 defense, which makes him quite marketable.
Fine. Now go get ‘em.