Philadelphia Eagles: Guesses on who stays, leaves during free agency

Anthony Harris #28, Steven Nelson #3, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Greg Ward, Philadelphia Eagles
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Here are a few guesses on the Philadelphia Eagles’ slightly tougher roster decisions.

Some of the decisions the Philadelphia Eagles will be forced to make in free agency won’t be as open and shut. Here’s where we are on some of the guys that were given important roles in 2021.

Greg Ward, wide receiver (leaves)

Greg Ward might be the third-best wide receiver that the Eagles have on this roster, but come on. You’ve seen this guy’s journey. The organization just, for whatever reason, doesn’t want to place the confidence in him that they keep giving to guys that haven’t earned it, Jalen Reagor for instance.

What’s unfortunate about that is all Ward has ever done is make plays when he’s been given the opportunity.

Nate Herbig, guard (stays after leaving)

If Jason Kelce stays, it doesn’t take much to put this offensive line together. Jordan Mailata and Lane Johnson are the bookends. Kelce is the anchor. At guard, the Birds have three solid players: Isaac Seumalo, Landon Dickerson, Jack Driscoll.

Andre Dillard is now a reserve tackle as is Le’Raven Clark. If Philly adds another reserve option or two in the NFL Draft, it becomes difficult to argue why Nate Herbig. Should stay.

For now, we’ll ship him off with the expectation Philly brings him back later.

Anthony Harris, safety (leaves)

Anthony Harris proved that he was worth the investment in 2021, but it felt like they were bargain shopping when he was added. With draft capital and money to spend, moving off of Harris seems like an easy decision for a team looking o upgrade at safety.

Jordan Howard, running back (leaves)

Jordan Howard proved the doubters wrong in 2021. He’s a workhorse when he plays, but there’s an issue. He can’t stay healthy for a full 17-game season, not with his running style. Expect the Birds to move on in March.