The Philadelphia Eagles had a vastly improved defense last year, but one huge gap remained. The safety position remains a big problem, with the starting tandem of Nate Allen and Patrick Chung proving inconsistent at best. Philadelphia Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman will no doubt look to address this in the next few months, be it through the draft or free agency.
Speaking of free agency, Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd is one of the top prospects available. He played for the Bills last year on a one-year franchise tag contract and is likely to be tagged again this year. However, Byrd was not happy about playing under the tag and held out through part of the offseason activities as he tried to get a long term deal. The Bills have little option but to tag him, even if it is only so they can get something from a trade.
Even if the Eagles choose to take a safety in the draft, Byrd must remain a target. Imagine a safety tandem of rookie Ha Ha Clinton-Dix from Alabama and Jairus Byrd. A position of weakness would immediately turn into a very strong position for defensive coordinator Billy Davis.
As I see it, we have a Philadelphia Eagles team with a big need at the safety position, a player in the top ten at his position in the NFL who wants a long term deal and an Eagles team with plenty of space under the likely 2014 salary cap. All of the pieces are there to make a deal and the Philadelphia Eagles should pull out all of the stops to make it happen, whether its by trade or through free agency.
If the Philadelphia Eagles can secure the signature of 27 year old Jairus Byrd, I feel it puts the Eagles defense in a much stronger position heading into 2014. Experienced players are needed to bring the best out of everyone and Byrd is one of those fighting characters that fans would much rather have on their team than on somebody else’s!