News Flash: FREE AGENCY STARTS NEXT WEEK!!!
Finally! Right? It feels like it’s been years since we last saw our Philadelphia Eagles play. In less than a week, we can stop speculating about free agency and start judging the moves made around the league.
If you haven’t heard, the NFL just raised the salary cap for 2014 to $133 million. After the spending spree that the Eagles went on last week extending contracts, signing pending free agents, and cutting veteran wide receiver Jason Avant, they are left with about $30 million in cap space, according to Spotrac. That’s a lot of dough, which means the Eagles could make quite a splash in the coming weeks, especially considering that the Eagles aren’t expected to sign many, or any, big-name players.
So we know that Philadelphia Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman is not going to put the Eagles in a position to draft for need, so there are a few things we can expect to see next week. The way I see it, the Eagles have one gaping hole at safety, where we can expect them to sign a starting-caliber player (or two?) and some depth, and depth issues at quarterback, offensive line, defensive line, linebacker, and cornerback.
Philly fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief knowing that for the next thousand years, we won’t have to worry about our Eagles finding a starting quarterback. All kidding aside, though, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles looks like the real deal. But if something were to happen to Foles, the Eagles would be in trouble. Former Eagles starting quarterback Michael Vick is expected to leave in free agency in pursuit of a starting gig. Currently behind Foles on the quarterback depth chart are two virtual unknowns: Matt Barkley and GJ Kinne. While it’s nice for Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly, well-known by now as a quarterback guru, to have two young guys to mold, I can’t see them going into the season without a veteran presence to push for the 2nd or 3rd string position in training camp. Two interesting options for the Eagles to look at are Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman. Both played for new Eagles quarterbacks coach, Bill Musgrave in Minnesota at the end of last season. Cassel, who started against the Eagles, was instrumental in handing the Eagles their only loss of the second half of the regular season, completing almost 75% of his passes and posting a passer rating of 116.6. Freeman, who showed a lot of promise in his early days with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is an athletic quarterback who fits the mold of the quarterbacks that ran Chip Kelly’s offense at Oregon.