It’s well known that the main weakness of the Philadelphia Eagles is their defense. This offseason the Birds will try to improve in some positions that may be lacking talent, specifically safety.
Compared to other defensive positions this is Philly’s weakest. It can be addressed this offseason in one of two ways.
First, is free agency. It is believed that Buffalo Bills free safety, Jarius Byrd, may test the free agent market. Byrd would be an amazing pick up by the Eagles. He is relatively young at 27 and played college ball at Oregon, which is of course where head coach Chip Kelly used to be. Byrd is a three time pro-bowler and would be a great piece to the Eagles’ defense.
Secondly is through the draft. The Eagles could always just draft a safety, but is there a safety that: 1. Fits the Eagles defensive scheme. 2. Is good enough to go in the first round, but not good enough to be taken before the Eagles’ pick comes up.
I’m not a big fan of any safeties coming out of the draft this year so I believe Philly’s best move would to sign Jarius Byrd if he indeed does test the waters of free agency. Signing Byrd would also mean the Eagles could either draft a position to develop it or just pick the best player available. I’m a fan of the latter.
The Eagles have three safeties slotted to be free agents. Nate Allen, Colt Anderson, and Kurt Coleman are all free agents that the Eagles will have to choose between re-signing or releasing. First and foremost I believe they should re-sign Colt Anderson. While he doesn’t see much starting time on defense he is a special teams stud. Anderson lead the team in special teams tackles this year and was also named special teams MVP in 2011 and 2012. Coleman and Allen are expendable in the grand scheme of things. The Eagles have a young, promising talent in Earl Wolff and a solid (when healthy) Patrick Chung. With the addition of Jarius Byrd the safety position would be solid and certainly reliable when shooting for the playoffs next season.