Philadelphia Eagles Free Agency Outlook

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Jan 4, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive players line up against Philadelphia Eagles offensive players in the first quarter during the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Perhaps the best unit on last year’s NFC East Champion Eagles was the offensive line.  It was definitely the most consistent unit, with all five starters starting in every single game.  Let’s be honest, the chances of starting the same five guys on the offensive line for 16 games two seasons in a row are slim.  We all know how important this consistency is, but we also know that having guys who can step up and play well if any starters get injured is extremely important as well (see Eagles 2012 season).  The depth behind the starters right now is a bit shaky and untested, at least in Kelly’s offense, so I would expect them to pick up a few guys to battle for spots in training camp.  One interesting move the Eagles could end up pulling in free agency would be to pick up a starting right guard and moving Todd Herremans to backup right tackle.  Herremans struggled at times last season, so picking up another guard in free agency wouldn’t be too far-fetched.  Someone like Zane Beadles, from the Denver Broncos, would be an interesting option, though he could be a little pricy.

Our defense line last year was a definite surprise, as they played solidly and were one of the youngest defensive lines in the league.  The combination of Eagles defensive linemen Fletcher Cox, Bennie Logan, and Cedric Thornton got continuously better throughout the season.  Behind them, though, there’s not much in terms of depth.   I think the Eagles could use an upgrade at nose tackle, as Logan is a tad undersized.  It was evident on running downs in last year’s playoff game against the New Orleans Saints, when quarterback Drew Brees converted multiple 3rd downs with the quarterback sneak, that the Eagles could use some bulk up front.  One of the better nose tackles on the market is Linval Joseph from the New York Giants.  He has to be on the Eagles’ radar, as Kelly probably loves Joseph’s size, and the free agent is only 25 years old.  He could be an anchor on that defensive line next to Fletcher Cox for years to come.  A prospect at defensive end that the Eagles could look at is Red Bryant, who was recently released by the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks.  While he doesn’t offer much in terms of a pass rush, he is a solid player who is familiar with the 2-gap 3-4 defense the Eagles are currently running.

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