5 Veterans Philadelphia Eagles should target, avoid in next free agency wave

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Here are some guys the Philadelphia Eagles might be able to get on discounts.

It’s extremely difficult to get quality guys to agree to take less money than they think they are worth, but here are five notable names. Their agents could land deals with teams that are in that $5 million range or above, but if the chips fall more favorably for Philly, they are nice one-year options that can be acquired post-draft.

Steven Nelson, cornerback

For an Eagles team that’s attempting to get younger, Steven Nelson is a quality corner. Quinton Dunbar and A.J. Bouye get hurt a lot. Younger guys like Gareon Conley are scary. There’s no telling what you’ll get from him.

Rick Wagner, offensive tackle: The Green Bay Packers’ only reason for releasing Rick Wagner had to be because he was a cap casualty. Other than that, there isn’t much to complain about other than the fact that he’s also on the wrong side of 30.

If Philly wants a younger and less expensive option, Trai Turner is interesting. he battled injury in 2020, but he’s young and has plenty of time left if someone gives him a chance.

Tashaun Gipson, safety:

The Eagles have a lot of safeties, but how can someone ignore how good Tashaun Gipson and Malik Hooker are? Hooker can’t stay healthy though.

He’s never played a full season, so in the case of Gipson, it’s interesting to see how Philly might rotate these guys and move those ‘positionless players’ all over the field.

B.J. Goodson, linebacker: B.J. Goodson did a nice job for the Cleveland Browns in 2020. While Eric Wilson did an okay job for the Minnesota Vikings, particularly after Anthony Barr got injured, he also missed too many tackles. For that reason and others, including his ability to cover, Goodson earns a spot on this list.

DaQuan Jones, defensive tackle: We know that Howie Roseman always has his sights set on defensive tackles from the AFC for whatever reason. DaQuan Jones can do a lot of things well and might be a less-expensive option than someone like Abry Jones. Who knows though? This could be a toss up.