Five Free Agent Bargains For Philadelphia Eagles Offense
Dec 21, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Buffalo Bills cornerbackCorey Graham
(20) breaks up a pass intended for Oakland Raiders wide receiverAndre Holmes
(18) in the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Bills 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Wide Receiver Andre Holmes
Sadly for Philadelphia, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes is a restricted free agent. But if he somehow doesn’t receive a high tender from the Oakland Raiders, the Eagles should absolutely try to sign him. Holmes brings the size, speed and big play potential that the birds could really use at the receiver position.
"The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Holmes is a field stretcher. ESPN scout Matt Williamson thinks he has a chance to develop into a front-line receiver, although he currently is a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver in Oakland based on Rod Streater becoming healthy and the Raiders expecting to add a starting-quality receiver in free agency or early in the draft. Williamson said he could see Holmes getting interest in restricted free agency."
Holmes would bring a dynamic to the roster that no other receiver currently on Philadelphia’s roster can. He has been inconsistent through his first three seasons in the NFL but started to showcase his ability in 2014 when he got the chance to start in Oakland. Holmes finished last season with 47 receptions for 693 yards (14.7 yards per reception) and 4 touchdowns.
The biggest concern about Holmes is can he string good performances together throughout an entire season? He wasn’t able to do it in 2014 but that was in Oakland. Could a change of scenery do the trick? If he’s thrown into the mix at receiver in Chip Kelly’s offense, it’d certainly be interesting to see what he could do.
It’s hard to predict if the Eagles will even have a real chance at signing Andre Holmes, but if they do, it’s going to be hard to pass up on such a promising talent.
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