9. Nate Sudfeld
With the loss of Nick Foles this year, Nate Sudfeld was assumed to be the next guy in line to back up Carson Wentz. Not so fast, though. The Eagles are apparently eyeing up some veteran quarterback’s to bring in and compete for the second-string role. Now, I don’t know if that means they are looking at a big-name free agent, or some Joe Callahan-type of player, but regardless of the situation, Sudfeld would have to earn his spot.
Unlike the players who were previously mentioned, Sudfeld is a Restricted Free Agent. Meaning his process is not the same as the others. The word around is that the Eagles will retain Sudfeld on a second-round tender, but he will have to compete for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart. Sud’s has spent the last two seasons in Philly, knows the playbook well, and is good friends with Wentz. It’s a no-brainer to bring him back.
Prediction: Comes back on a second-round tender
10. Jay Ajayi, RB
This may be an unpopular opinion, but outside of the Rodney McLeod injury on defense, Jay Ajayi might’ve been the biggest loss for the Eagles. As their backfield regularly changed up from Josh Adams to Wendell Smallwood and then to Sproles, the Eagles didn’t have the same stability back there. It’s unfortunate that Ajayi was starting to show that he can be a true feature back in the Eagles offense, but a broken back, and a torn ACL derailed those plans.
Now, Ajayi enters the Free Agency market for the first time in his career. Considering his knee concerns, Ajayi may not have a desirable market. While with the Miami Dolphins, Ajayi was viewed as the type of player who’s in it for the money. After his season and a half in Philly though, I believe that’s not the case. Ajayi is a competitor and is solid when healthy. Even if the Eagles take the draft route for a running back this year, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to pair a rookie with Ajayi. We all remember the three-headed monster with LeGarrette Blount, Ajayi, and Clement, right?