An argument for and against Philadelphia Eagles adding Yannick Ngakoue
All of that has been said to say this.
To ensure their success in 2020, Philadelphia will need an outside pass rush, and though Brandon Graham played at an above-average level again a season ago, he’s also turning 32 years old in April. The ‘Birds’ have done a less-than-stellar job of finding an eventual replacement for him and an even less impressive job of adding any real depth.
Shareef Miller stunk it up in Year 1. Joe Ostman got hurt. The jury is still out on Derek Barnett, Josh Sweat, and Daeshon Hall. The job of any front office is to put the team in the best position to win, and though we’ve seen flashes from all of the guys just mentioned, Ngakoyue’s skill set surpasses that of all three.
So, here we are again. Does Philly wager more players and picks for a veteran, or do they stay put and gear up for another selection meeting? It would appear that the latter idea isn’t the best one if history is any indication.
The focus is always on “right now”, and Ngakjoue makes the Eagles better right now. Plus, he could give the ‘Birds’ the opportunity to unload Alshon Jeffery and Sidney Jones on some other franchise. The Jacksonville Jaguars do need wide receivers and cornerbacks. Philly would just have to wait until Jeffery is healthy to actually get that type of deal done.