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

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Here are five vets the Philadelphia Eagles must avoid.

Name recognition helps these guys out a lot, but the Philadelphia Eagles are going to have to avoid the temptation or they’ll fall into some pretty expensive traps. The Birds have to hit on draft picks, but they have to make wise signings as well.

Nickell Robey-Coleman: The Birds love re-signing familiar faces, but no one should complain if the ‘slot god’, better known as Nickell Robey-Coleman or ‘NRC’ is never seen in a Philadelphia Eagles jersey again.

Aldon Smith, edge: After a long hiatus, Aldon Smith returned to the NFL in 2020 and registered five sacks while starting all 16 games for the hated Dallas Cowboys. That might generate some buzz to a football community that often overreacts to things that they just witnessed, but Aldon Smith turns 32 years old in September, and it’s impossible to determine if he’ll be able to duplicate that success again in 2021.

Le’Veon Bell: No! Stop it! Don’t you even start! Names like Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell are easily recognizable, but these former teammates are past their most productive years. In Bell’s case, he hasn’t been the same since sitting out of the 2018 season.

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Kawann Short, defensive tackle: What happened to Kawann Short? He sure is hurt a lot. Did he age too rapidly? Whatever the case, once upon a time, we all saw him as one of the defensive tackles in the entire NFL. Now, at 32 years of age, it appears his time is dwindling down. Howie likes to add defensive tackle via free agency, but this isn’t the guy.

Melvin Ingram, linebacker: Melvin Ingram is on the downside of what’s been a very good pro career. He struggled through seven games in 2020 due to injury and registered ten tackles. he could bounce back in 2021, but if you’re the Philadelphia Eagles, you can’t take that gamble.