Eagles free agency: One player worth poaching from every AFC team
The AFC North could literally send three teams to the postseason annually.
As home to two of the NFL’s model franchises (the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers), one that’s seemingly on its way (the Cincinnati Bengals), and one whose fans deserve so much more (the Cleveland Browns), the AFC North always has us talking for one reason or another.
Scour each roster, and you’ll find a ton of guys that would look great in Eagles jerseys. Here are a few names that we wouldn’t mind adding to the roster.
Ben Powers, OL, Baltimore Ravens
Any team looking to raid another roster should at least peruse the Baltimore Ravens’ wheelhouse at least once. Most of their best players are old (Marcus Peters, Justin Houston, Jason Pierre-Paul Kyle Fuller among others), but they also have a young guard that would give the Eagles a nice combination of talent and cost-effective spending. Circle Ben Powers’ name. There’s much to like here. He’d be a fine student at Stoutland University.
Jessie Bates III/Vonn Bell, safeties, Cincinnati Bengals
Okay, so we cheated and gave you two guys. Sue us!
If we’re being honest, we never gave up on the Jessie Bates III fantasy (though something tells us it will never happen and the Bengals will franchise him). Vonn Bell is a nice consolation prize. Here’s the thing though. The Eagles must retain C.J. Gardner Johnson at all costs, and it’s doubtful that Philly will invest a ton of coin into TWO safeties.
Hey, we can dream though, right?
Kareem Hunt/Jacoby Brissett, RB/QB, Cleveland Browns
Okay, so we cheated again… We’d raid the Browns for a few guys honestly. Jadevon Clowney has had a strange career and always seems to be welcome on someone’s roster, but we can’t make ourselves throw his name on our list. Plus, contrary to popular opinion, he’s a better run defender than a pass-rusher.
We like linebacker Anthony Walker Jr., but he’s coming off a quadriceps tendon injury. That scares us. Plus, we’d rather have T.J. Edwards back over him. That brings us to Kareem Hunt and Jacoby Brissett.
The former is a talented tailback that Philly has shown interest in before. The latter is a solid backup quarterback that can fill in in a pinch if needed. Keep in mind the fact that the Eagles are probably losing Gardner Minshew.
Cameron Sutton, cornerback, Pittsburgh Steelers
Philly could use a quality starting cornerback, especially if James Bradberry walks. Cameron Sutton is probably too small to play outside cornerback, so we’ll add his name to the list and put an asterisk beside it.
William Jackson is another intriguing prospect who has the body type to play outside. He was placed on Pittsburgh’s injured reserve on November 12th. If he can pass a physical, he might be worth a look.