Free Agency stars in two short days and it is sure to be exciting for the Philadelphia Eagles, General Manager Howie Roseman, and head coach Chip Kelly. The offseason is generally the time that will make or break a team’s season, so the Eagles’ front office must be on their toes. The front office has already had a fantastic start to the 2014 season, hand out extensions to Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters and center Jason Kelce. The Eagles were also wise in locking up wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper. The offseason could not have gotten off to a better start in my opinion.
By now everyone knows about the Eagles’ poor decisions which led to a safety drafting plague–Nate Allen, Kurt Coleman, and lest we forget the atrocious second-round pick Jaiquawn Jarrett. I still cannot seem to escape the imagery of Arizona Cardinal’s wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald burning Jarrett in a 2011 regular season game at Lincoln Financial Field. Plain and simple, the Philadelphia Eagles need safety help and they need it hastily.
I would love for the Eagles to spread their wings on the first day of free agency and sign Buffalo Bills safety Jarius Byrd and Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward, but as we have learned from the infamous 2011 “Dream Team” that may not be the wisest methodology available. Byrd is going to be rather expensive and reportedly will be looking for a paycheck in excess of $9 million per season. The Eagles have plenty of capital so that is not the issue; however, fans need to realize the repercussions of signing someone to a contract of that magnitude.