For much of the media and quite a few football fans. This is one of the best times of the year. Who cares about an NBA All-Star Game when you have the NFL Scouting Combine, the next free-agency frenzy, and an NFL Draft to talk about? The Philadelphia Eagles don’t have a win or loss on their 2022 tally, and we’re already talking about how they can get better next season.
Who said football season is over? Things are just getting started, and recently, ESPN gave us all something to argue about in break rooms, barbershops, and at water coolers all over the country.
The Eagles are named the best fits for two of ESPN’s top 50 free agents.
If you’re looking for a nice read. we’ve found one. The worldwide leader in sports recently cooked up a list of the top 50 free agents expected to hit the open market in March of 2022, a list that also names the best fits for each player.
With money to spend this offseason, the Birds are expected to be major players during the initial signing period. Luckily, this comes at a time when some great talent will be available.
Two of ESPN’s more trusted voices, Jeremy Fowler and Matt Bowen agree that Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Williams make sense for a Birds team that needs to fill holes at their respective positions.
Smith-Schuster is good, normally when paired with a wideout of equal or greater talent, but he isn’t someone the Philly media or Eagles fan base has been clamoring for. There are other areas in which Philadelphia could look to quench its thirst for a receiver. Williams, however, is very intriguing.
Here are a few of Fowler’s thoughts on why he makes sense for the Birds.
"Williams will have several options as a high-level free safety with 15 interceptions and 38 pass deflections in five seasons. The Eagles’ safety unit is in transition, and the team could be willing to outbid the Saints and others."
Here’s Bowen’s take on that same theory.
"Williams is a fit for Jonathan Gannon’s defensive scheme as a post or quarters defender who has elite range and the ball skills to make plays down the field."
Heading into the back half of February, the Eagles have decisions to make on Rodney McLeod and Anthony Harris, two guys that are expected to hit the open market. Marcus Epps has proven his mettle, but having him and K’Von Wallace elevate to take over as this team’s starting safeties isn’t the most ideal situation.
Jared Mayden is signed to a futures deal, and he’s the only other safety on this team’s roster unless, of course, you consider Andre Chachere to be a player worth mentioning. Marcus Williams makes a to of sense. The reasons why are obvious. We’ll have to wait and see if we’re able to connect more dots as we cross days off of 2022’s calendar.