Potential Eagles free-agent targets with connections to Jonathan Gannon

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player. 60. . . . Anthony Barr, linebacker.

Anthony Barr is a better option than a former Vikings LB the Eagles added in 2021.

It’s no secret that Gannon’s arrival in Philly had a lot to do with two former Minnesota Vikings being added during last year’s free-agency signing period seeing as how Gannon spent four seasons in Minneapolis as the Vikings’ assistant DBs coach of course.

Eric Wilson signed a one-year deal on April 14th. Anthony Harris was added via a one-year prove-it deal of his own almost one full month earlier on March 16th.

Wilson struggled mightily and was released on November 3rd after starting two of the seven games that he appeared in. Harris was much better for Philly than his former Vikings teammate was. He’s no Brian Dawkins, but he fared well in Gannon’s scheme, eventually settling into an above-average safety rotation that also featured Rodney McLeod and a steadily-improving Marcus Epps. Has he gotten good or what?

All that’s been said to say this. Wilson’s struggles probably won’t have any effect on the interest the Eagles brass could have in another Minnesota linebacker, Anthony Barr. He’s one of Minnesota’s impending free agents, and he fills a huge need for these Birds on the defensive side of the ball if h hits the market.

He turns 30 in March, and that will turn some teams off. Still, he’d be a tremendous player at the second level in the Eagles’ 4-3 scheme. Four of his eight NFL seasons have ended with his name being added to the Pro Bowl roster. That hasn’t happened since 2018, but Barr is more than capable. Keep an eye on him. He could be added for a bargain price.