Ranking Eagles EDGE targets in NFL free agency pool that make sense

Nick Sirianni, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Chandler Jones, Cardinals. 1. player. 32. . .

Landing Chandler Jones would be a major win for the Eagles this offseason.

It doesn’t get much better Chandler Jones if the Eagles are interested in upgrading their defensive line and doing so quickly, nor will it be more expensive to do so if that’s the plan. He’s special though.

If you want to know how good he can be when he gets on a roll, look no further than the way he took Taylor Lewan to the woodshed in the Arizona Cardinals’ regular-season opener versus the Tennessee Titans, and don’t forget about one very important note while you’re doing so.

Lewan is no slouch. He’s one of the best young tackles the NFL has.

Jones isn’t a project. He’s more along the lines of those guys that you expect to step in and provide immediate results. Having tallied 500 tackles in ten seasons with the New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals, you can see why that’s the case (we’re including what he did in ten playoff games with nine starts).

Those 500 career stops include 350 of the solo variety as well as 122 that have resulted in a loss of yardage. Add that to 109.5 sacks, 34 forced fumbles, 27 pass breakups, and an interception, and you can see why he has four Pro Bowl nods (2015, 2017, 2019, 2021), two First-Team All-Pro designations (2017, 2019), and a spot on the NFL 2010s All-Decade Team. He’s also a Super Bowl champion (XLIX).

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Jordan Schultz reported recently that this is a move the Eagles are considering, so stay tuned. They won’t be landing a ton of other guys via free agency if they make the move though. Schultz has also reported that Jones is seeking at least $15 million and $18 million annually. Jones also “wants to play for a contender.” That’s how things work at this time of year though.

Jones’ addition would place more coin in what’s already one of the most expensive defensive lines in all of the NFL, but if that leads to wins, no one will complain at all.