Philadelphia Eagles 2023 projected free agents: Tier 2
Welcome to the ‘it would be nice if we could work something out’ tier. Depending on what game you’re watching, these guys could see their names shuffled, but we’ve gotten attached to all of them. If the Philadelphia Eagles can make the numbers work (and, that’s a big ‘if’), it would be nice to have these guys back.
8. Miles Sanders, running back
The NFL simply doesn’t place the premium on running backs that it once did. Hey, these guys are often around six-foot-tall and tipping the scales at 200 to 240 pounds, and they’re asked to run head-first into linebackers and defensive linemen 20 times per contest. It almost has to feel like these guys are in weekly car accidents.
Miles Sanders has done everything the Eagles have asked. He’s made good on the extra chances, and for the most part, he’s been healthy (knock on wood). It will be interesting to see how he’s valued during negotiations, especially when he has now added a Pro Bowl nod to his resume.
7. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, safety
While NFL teams continue to give tailbacks the cold shoulder, the Eagles historically have been equally as disinterested in investing extensive resources into bolstering their safety position. Perhaps Chauncey Gardner-Johnson can change their minds?
His late-season injury could affect how off-season contract discussions are handled, but we also have enough tape on him to know he’s a baller. C.J. G. J. also can play both safety and slot corner, and injury or none, that will increase his value. He’d be higher on this list had he been available for the entire season.
6. Brandon Graham, defensive end
It’s official. Brandon Graham has found the fountain of youth, and he’s hiding it somewhere. He’s working on putting the finishing touches on what might wind up being the finest season of his career. It’s year 13 mind you. If he isn’t the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year, there needs to be an investigation.
5. Javon Hargrave, defensive tackle
Javon Hargrave has a lot of tread left on the tire. He’s one of the best interior defensive linemen on the Eagles’ roster currently, and we’ll say it if no one else will.
He was robbed of a second-consecutive Pro Bowl nomination. There’s no way he’s an alternate, but will Philly have enough coin to bring him back in 2023? That remains to be seen. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.