It was supposed to be a rebuilding year, one in which we answered questions about Jalen Hurts. The Philadelphia Eagles never had any doubts about the fact that they were a playoff team though, and a regular season that ended with them clinching a postseason berth with a full game to go proved that they were right. The questions were only beginning though.
We’re still asking questions about Hurts. That hasn’t changed much, and seeing this team’s journey end with a thud in a playoff game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was all the evidence one should need that the Birds have a ton of work to do in the offseason, beginning with some serious discussions about what they should do with all of these impending free agents.
Buckle up. We have much to discuss all offseason.
Who are the Eagles’ 2022 Unrestricted Free Agents?
We’re glad you asked! Here’s a list of Philadelphia Eagles who are set to hit the free-agent market in 2022. They are allowed to sign with any interested team of their choosing.
Alshon Jeffery, wide receiver
Yes, his name is still floating around the franchise, which is further evidence of how bad this deal was. Alshon Jeffery will always be one of the heroes of a Super Bowl season, but unfortunately, he’s endured one long deterioration since then.
Jason Kelce, center
Jason Kelce is still one of this team’s best players and a franchise legend. If he wants to be back, he will be. He’ll be an Eagles until he decides he’s ready to hang up the cleats. Update: Eagles/Jason Kelce announce his return on March 10th.
Rodney McLeod, safety
A fan favorite, Rodney McLeod joined the Eagles in 2016 and since then, he’s racked up 370 total tackles, three sacks, 11 interceptions, 35 pass breakups, and four forced fumbles (those numbers include the playoffs). How his story plays out will be one of the more intriguing discussions of the offseason.
Anthony Harris, safety
Could Anthony Harris be one and done in Philly? He’s done a decent job, but does it warrant an extension?
Derek Barnett, defensive end
Officially a bust, Derek Barnett is the lone remaining member of the Eagles’ eight-man 2017 draft class, and he’s got one foot out of the door. He’ll be more remembered for his personal-foul penalties than his 21.5 career sacks.
Steven Nelson, cornerback
Possibly another one and done, Steven Nelson was a decent starting corner opposite Darius Slay, but he hasn’t done anything truly spectacular other than his game-ending pick in Charlotte versus the Carolina Panthers.
Hassan Ridgeway, defensive tackle
The Eagles organization is in love with this guy, and he’s truly a decent rotational defensive tackle. His days here could be numbered though.
Ryan Kerrigan, defensive end
Simply put, Ryan Kerrigan is one of the worst signings we’ve seen Howie Roseman make recently, and that’s saying a lot. He didn’t tally a single sack until the Wild card Round when he found himself lined up versus a backup tackle.
Genard Avery, linebacker
Genard Avery has gone from being a question mark to becoming a capable reserve linebacker that, quite frankly, Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon never learned to use properly or effectively.
Who are the Eagles 2022 Restricted Free Agents?
Here’s a list of Philly’s restricted free agents. In other words, their resume consists of three accrued seasons with six or more games before their contract expires. They can seek deals with other NFL teams but their current squad, based on what’s called “first right of refusal” is then allowed to match the offer they’ve received or make a decision that they will not retain him.
If the latter is true, his original team could receive draft compensation in the following selection meeting.
Boston Scott, running back
Our favorite ‘Giants Killer’, Boston Scott is durable and talented. He deserves a shot if the price tag is right.
Alex Singleton, linebacker
Alex Singleton missed a few tackles early in the season, but you can chalk that up to trying to do too much, but he’s proven he can play in this league.
Greg Ward, wide receiver
Greg Ward has done all the Eagles have asked of him, but he just doesn’t seem to be someone they want even though he’s proven they can rely on him. He has 88 receptions on 130 targets and ten touchdowns in 40 career regular-season games. Update: Eagles announce the signing of Greg Ward and Andre Chachere on March 15th. Both have been signed to a one-year deal.
Jason Croom, tight end
Believe it or not, Jason Croom’s lone reception in an Eagles jersey went for a touchdown versus the New York Giants, but they haven’t used him at all since then. His days appear to be numbered.
Nate Herbig, offensive lineman
He’s frustrated us, but once he settled in, Nate Herbig did a good job as one of the Eagles’ reserve offensive linemen.
2022 Free Agents signed by the Eagles
Remember to bookmark this one and check back here for updates on everyone Philadelphia signs through the offseason.
Update (February 3rd): Eagles sign WR John Hightower to a futures deal
Update (February 26th): Eagles sign defensive tackle Renell Wren
Update (March 14th): NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reports the Eagles have agreed to terms with Haason Reddick:
Update (March 15th): Philadelphia announces the signing of two familiar faces and the tendering of one of their restricted free agents. We approve!
Update (March 18th): Philadelphia announces the signing of Anthony Harris to a one-year deal
Update (March 19th): Fletcher Cox and Boston Scott are signed to one-year deals.
2022 Free Agents leaving the Eagles
Check back here as we’ll keep you updated on everyone that didn’t survive the recent roster turnover. This figures to be a huge offseason for the guys from the City of Brotherly Love.
As of 4 p.m. EST on March 16th, the following Eagles all became unrestricted free agents: Genard Avery, Alex Singleton, Derek Barnett, Boston Scott, Jason Croom, Steven Nelson, Anthony Harris, Jordan Howard, Ryan Kerrigan, Rodney McLeod.
Update (March 17th): Philadelphia announces the release of Fletcher Cox, but the plan appears to be bringing him back at a lower price tag.