5 Philadelphia Eagles that must be given extensions immediately
By Ryan Loftus
Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Alex Singleton
Following his Week 4 interception, one he snagged off of the arm of Nick Mullens of all people, Alex Singleton began a climb that seemingly has no ending in sight. He’s now become one of the team’s six team captains. He may not be considered to be a top-ten linebacker (yet), but he’s led the Eagles in tackles and is the bonafide number-one linebacker for the team.
Singleton’s contract is also up after this season, and by then, he’ll be 28 years old. Locking him up for another few years couldn’t hurt, even if Singleton’s performance ends up declining in his late 20s. The Eagles need to bolster their linebacking corps, and this is a potential cornerstone piece that will help this team start the process.
Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Genard Avery
There’s no nice way to say this. Genard Avery still being on this Eagles team is a head-scratcher. Philly, if you’ll remember, brought him in at the trade deadline back in 2019, and the theory was that they were doing so to give themselves some punch and to give Avery a jump on the 2020 regular season.
Let’s just say that things aren’t going according to plan. So far, Avery has been used as a rotational piece on his best days, and as a healthy scratch during his worst. This season, he’s attempting to shine after a position switch. He’s gone from being a defensive end to being a linebacker, a move that’s been celebrated by quite a few football pundits.
This change could be a welcome one to the Eagles, as the talented Avery can now contribute as a pass-rushing linebacker, a position he played before with the Browns. If he puts up the production expected of him this season, he could be one of the Eagles’ best linebackers, and in that case, it is important to extend him past this season.