The next month and a half leading up to the start of NFL Free Agency is a crucial time of the year for the Philadelphia Eagles. There’s no rest for the weary in today’s NFL as the Eagles must evaluate their current roster and identify areas for improvement between now and March 1st. The Eagles have a group of ten free agents which must be studied to determine whether or not the team wants to retain their services.
Philadelphia is considered by many to be in a good roster situation overall due to having one of the youngest teams in the NFL, as well as a very manageable number of free agents. The Eagles cap space for 2014 also contributes to the positive outlook as they will carry over roughly $16 million in space from the 2013 season, and look to be an estimated $6 million under for next year, giving the club just under $20 million in available room to sign free agents and rookies.
With a small number of free agents and a relatively young and healthy roster, it’s time to decide which of the following free agents the Eagles must retain:
QB Mike Vick
WR Jeremy Maclin
WR Riley Cooper
DE Cedric Thornton (Restricted Free Agent)
LB Philip Hunt (Restricted Free Agent)
DE Clifton Geathers
S Nate Allen
S Colt Anderson
S Kurt Coleman
P Donnie Jones
Defensive end Cedric Thornton is an exclusive rights free agent which means he cannot negotiate with any other teams in the NFL, so we can remove him from the list. Linebacker Philip Hunt is a “regular” free agent so he can negotiate with other teams but the Eagles have the right to match any offers. Hunt is primarily a 4-3 linebacker so it is unlikely his services will be retained by the Eagles.