Back in mid January I wrote this article where I discussed Philadelphia’s 2014 free agents, and the players I thought the Eagles needed to re-sign leading up to the draft. It’s always good to evaluate, and I wanted to take a look back.
Before I do, however, it needs to be said that I think Philadelphia has had one of the best free agency periods thus far. Many agree with me in that the adding of safety Malcom Jenkins was an important piece which this team was missing last year. Also, I think signing cornerback Nolan Carroll was a great move as the 6-foot-2, 205 pounder has the size and versatility to match up well with big wide receivers.
Bringing in runningback Darren Sproles was a surprise to me, but having Sproles to both spell LeSean McCoy and play on special teams, while also giving head coach Chip Kelly another offensive weapon may pay dividends for the Eagles. Finally, extending the contracts of tackle Jason Peters and center Jason Kelce ensures offensive continuity and creates the look of an elite offensive line for the Eagles.
All of the additions have given the Eagles a solid offseason thus far, and will allow the team to focus on the best available players in the draft without having to reach for too many needs. Philadelphia had the following players as their 2014 free agents:
QB Mike Vick
WR Jeremy Maclin
WR Riley Cooper
DE Cedric Thornton (Restricted Free Agent)
LB Philip Hunt (Restricted Free Agent)
DE Clifton Geathers
S Nate Allen
S Colt Anderson
S Kurt Coleman
P Donnie Jones
Read on to see the full details.