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January 24, 2014; Kapolei, HI, USA; Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel (left), Buffalo Bills safety Jarius Byrd (second from left), New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (second from right) and Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers (24) during the 2014 Pro Bowl practice at Kapolei High School. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Signing Byrd would mean less money to go around for several other 2012 draft picks such as corner Brandon Boykin, defensive end Fletcher Cox, and linebacker Mychal Kendricks. Those players are eligible for contract extensions after the 2014 season, and I bet the Philadelphia brass would love to give each one an extension when the time beckons.

Reports surfaced about the Eagles’ interest in a lower-tier safety such as former Miami Dolphin Chris Clemons or former New Orleans Saint Malcolm Jenkins. Those would not break the bank, but would address a need that has beleaguered the Eagles secondary for years. I would support a Clemons signing and even a signing of former Carolina Panthers safety Mike Mitchell. The Panthers defense was one of the stoutest defenses in the NFL in 2013, and Mitchell was a big part of that. Surfacing reports also speculate the Eagles will be in play for Mitchell.

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