RECAP: Philadelphia Eagles Need to Re-sign These Free Agents

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Dec 9, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (18) and wide receiver Riley Cooper (14) during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterback Free Agent

With the outstanding play of Quarterback Nick Foles, you can expect Philadelphia to allow Mike Vick to walk in the free agent market.  Vick has been a professional in his backup role this year for the Eagles, but he likely will want a starting job, so he is not a priority for the club to re-sign.

Vick’s status remains up in the air, and still I believe that he is seeking a starting role.  If he changes his mind and is willing to take the backup QB position, the Eagles would welcome him with open arms.

Wide Receiver Free Agents

The first area of need that I think Philadelphia must address is at the wide receiver position with both Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper.  Maclin of course had the knee injury, and it is unknown whether or not he will return with the same effectiveness he had prior to his injury.  Riley Cooper is not a speed burning receiving threat, but he’s big and strong, is an effective blocker, and can win the ball in the air.  Between the two, I think Cooper is the priority.  The Eagles will look to add a dynamic playmaker in either the draft or free agency to take some of the pressure off number one wide receiver DeSean Jackson, but Cooper is a known commodity who has developed good chemistry with Nick Foles.  I’m putting Cooper down as a “need to re-sign.”

Philadelphia surprised me and ended up re-signing both Cooper and Maclin.  I think Cooper is a solid player, but I still have injury concerns about Maclin for next season.  However, if he can regain his previous playing form, the Eagles will have stolen him from the free agency pool.

Defensive End Free Agent

Moving on through the list we come to defensive end Clifton Geathers.  Geathers was not an every-down player for the Eagles and took part in only 21 percent of the defensive snaps.  But, he was somewhat effective in the snaps in which he did participate, and he’s also a big body which you need in the 3-4 defensive scheme.  Geathers is another “nice to re-sign” player in my mind for Philadelphia.

I had Geathers as a “nice to re-sign” but not a must, and apparently the Eagles agreed allowing him to sign with the Washington Redskins on March 14th.  I believe defensive end is a slight need position for the Eagles and they will probably look to fill it in the draft.


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