The NFC South isn’t stacking a ton of wins, but there’s a lot of elite talent there.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, and New Orleans Saints have decisions to make ahead of free agency. Might some of their losses result in gains for the Eagles?
Jamel Dean, cornerback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pound for pound, Jamel Dean is good enough to be placed atop everyone’s list of the best cornerback prospects. He’s young. He’ll turn 27 next season, and even though he doesn’t produce many turnovers, there’s also the growth potential.
He could wind up being expensive, more expensive than James Bradberry. The questions are about whether or not Philly would be willing to pay the price to add him.
Matt Ioannidis, defensive tackle, Carolina Panthers
This Temple alum is nearing his 30th birthday, which we realize to some of you means he should be preparing himself for the glue factory. It’s also concerning that he’s missed time in recent years due to injuries. Still, a deep rotation at defensive tackle was one of those key areas for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2022, and if Matt Ioannidis is kept fresh with a lower snap count, the Birds might be able to duplicate that success again in 2023 with this veteran’s help.
Kaleb McGary, OL, Atlanta Falcons
The need for the Philadelphia Eagles is seemingly at guard, not tackle, with Isaac Seumalo’s future in doubt, but at the home of Stoutland University, we have the utmost confidence that the best offensive line coach alive can teach this guy to play guard. All we need to do now is beef him up just a tad.
McGary had his fifth-year option declined last season, and after shining, he may have set himself up nicely if Atlanta elects against using the franchise tag on him. Don’t be shocked if he is tagged though.
Marcus Davenport, EDGE, New Orleans Saints
Marcus Davenport, in five seasons, has yet to complete a full campaign (or log more than 600 defensive snaps). He’s a terror coming off the edge if he can stay on the field. He just hasn’t.
Maybe a reduced role will help, but if Philly isn’t interested, David Onyemata, Bradley Roby, and Jarvis Landry are all nice consolation prizes. Unfortunately, they’re all also aging.