Philadelphia Eagles five easiest roster decisions for the defense

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The Eagles would be wise to inquire about Marcus Williams in free agency.

We know what you’re thinking. Yep! We just went on and on about saving some coin for a rainy day, and here we are, moments later, discussing one of the biggest fish in free agency’s pool.

By the time we reach March, Marcus Williams will be on everyone’s list of the top five players who figure to be available. He won’t be inexpensive, but when you weigh the fact that some of the other guys in the top ten are expensive and aging (Von Miller and Chandler Jones for instance) and there are some other guys who are great but play a position where there isn’t an immediate need (Terron Armstead), Marcus Williams is one of the better mixes of age, value, and, of course, talent.

At 25 years of age (he turns 26 in September) this young man, if added, could make the transition from Rodney McLeod and Anthony Harris a smooth one if the Eagles move on from both of those guys. He also locks down the free safety position for the next four years (or longer).

Who knows? If McLeod is allowed to test free agency, Philly could explore the idea of bringing him back later for a smaller price tag if no one picks him up. How cool would that be?

First thing’s first though. While bargain shopping is the wisest move, it wouldn’t hurt the Eagles to make one or two splashes. If they do, Williams could and should be a part of the mini-spending spree.