Who are the ten best free-agent signings in Philadelphia Eagles history? It isn’t as easy a list to construct as you might assume it would be.
It’s perhaps the NFL‘s most endearing quality. It’s called parity, that sense that any subpar team can truly beat one of the better ones on any given Sunday in our great country’s best game. Think about it. In 2015 and 2016, the Philadelphia Eagles went 7-9. At the end of the 2017-2018 season, they were hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
A big reason for that was the free-agent signings that they made during 2017’s offseason.
Relying on free agency signings won’t help your team win every year, but when utilized correctly, a team can go from the outhouse to the penthouse in less than no time. When used incorrectly, a franchise can also be set back for a year or two, if not more. The Eagles have bombed. They’ve hit the jackpot. Today, we focus on the success stories.
Barely missing the list is the great Jevon Kearse, Jeff Garcia, and Evan Mathis. The Terrell Owens situation is too strange to comment on. He was the guy who should have been the free agent that the San Francisco 49ers believed they still had the rights to. So, the Niners traded him and he filed a grievance. Hey, you know the story. You guys watch television.
So, yes, everyone knows that “T.O” should have been a free agent and he transformed into “He-Man” once in the Super Bowl, but even with all of that being said, he wouldn’t have made this list had he been a traditional free agent signing. Mathis was a two-time Pro Bowl nod during his time in an Eagles jersey. You were warned that there would be some surprises. Here’s where everybody else fell.