It has been a little over two weeks since the start of Free Agency. The Philadelphia Eagles have been wheeling and dealing left and right trying to improve this years team over last. That’s the goal isn’t it?
It started with the signing of former New Orleans Saint, Malcolm Jenkins. Jenkins will provide solid coverage in the backfield and also will be an enforcer on this Eagles defense. Something Philly hasn’t seen since former safety, Brian Dawkins.
The Birds have also signed former Miami Dolphin’s cornerback, Nolan Carroll. It’s expected that Carroll will have a chance to compete for a staring position. So with him in addition to Carey Williams, Bradley Fletcher, and Brandon Boykin, I think the Eagles are done addressing the corner position.
Even after the signing of safety, Nate Allen back to a one year contract, I’m sure the coaches and executives plan on him being primarily a backup which is what he is at the end of the day. And unless head coach, Chip Kelly thinks safety, Earl Wolff is a star, it is believed by many including myself that the Eagles will draft the hard-nose safety out of Louisville, Calvin Pryor. The duo of Pryor and Jenkins roaming around in the secondary is a scary sight for offenses and would bring the toughness back to this Eagles defense.
There is a rumor floating around that appears to be coming to light. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Eagles will listen to offers for wideout, DeSean Jackson. The executives are definitely thinking that DeSean isn’t worth the money he’s making. Take that, along with his loud mouth in the locker room, and that could be enough to get him shipped out of Philly. If the Birds are, in fact, looking for trade deals then I wouldn’t want anything lower than a third round pick as compensation. It also possible that Eagles’ management feels that it can find someone though the draft that can replicate DeSean’s production minus the disruption and for cheap. Look no further than Chip Kelly’s x-factor at Oregon, De’Anthony Thomas a.k.a the “Black Mamba.” If anyone could fill Jacksons role it would be this guy and coming from Chip’s system in Oregon, he’s quite literally perfect for this offense. But, who knows, I’m completely fine with the Eagles keeping DeSean for another season or two until they need the extra cap space to resign some players. But until then the Eagles are fine money-wise and done with their resigning of players.