Philadelphia Eagles scouting: Top 10 free-agent prospects at safety
The Philadelphia Eagles would be wise to add depth at safety. They’ll have options in the draft, and here are a few more that may hit the free-agency pool if they’re interested.
If you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan and you’ve been paying attention, you’re very aware that, from the roster’s standpoint, there are more issues with this team than the ones we constantly talk about concerning the wide receivers and the cornerbacks. Philly’s got major questions to answer about the backend of their defense as well.
Rodney McLeod‘s current deal is at its end. Malcolm Jenkins is signed through 2020, but despite the fact that there’s an option that must be exercised by March 18th, he’s already stated that he won’t return to the team with his deal being structured as it currently is.
Both could stay. Both could leave. Neither outcome would be surprising, but let’s say they both left. Philly’s starting safeties would be Marcus Epps and Rudy Ford. That isn’t ideal. Let’s say they both stay. There’s still an issue with depth. Jenkins is an iron man. McLeod is one of the best in the biz at his position when healthy, but the ‘Birds’ need insurance either way.
This year’s draft class isn’t loaded at the position, but there are options. The same can be said about the guys in this year’s free-agent class. Let’s do some scouting.
Rodney McLeod isn’t on this list. We already know him, and you can trust and believe he’s definitely in the top ten of the safeties who will potentially be available once the signing period begins. The same can be said about Justin Simmons of the Denver Broncos. They’ve announced that they will franchise him. His name has been removed as well. What remains is a top-ten ranking of some of the other guys.
Where does everybody else fall, you ask? Well, that’s a very good question. There’s no need to wait any longer. Let’s count them down.