Eagles free agency: One player worth poaching from every AFC team

Josh Jacobs #28, Las Vegas Raiders (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)
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Ogbonnia Okoronkwo #45, Houston Texans (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) /

The Eagles got a birds-eye view of the AFC South in 2022.

Remember what we said about the AFC North and the ever-present threat of three teams qualifying for the postseason? Yeah, that ain’t happening in the AFC South.

Philly went 4-0 versus this division in 2022. Let’s hope, at minimum, that they got a look at a few guys that could help their cause some.

Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, EDGE, Houston Texans

The Houston Texans would be wise to franchise Ogbonnia Okoronkwo. That doesn’t mean that they will, but if they can’t craft an extension, they need to exhaust all means to keep him around.

If none of that happens, the Eagles would be wise to have a conversation. This is an absolutely scary fellow. His pass-rush win rate sits at just under 23%. He earned a starting role for the Houston Texans last year in Week 11, and all he did from that moment was irritate every opposing offense he lined up against.

Had he played for the Dallas Cowboys or New York Giants, we would be talking about him every week, but he played in Houston, so… well… You get the idea.

Bobby Okereke, linebacker, Indianapolis Colts

If the Indianapolis Colts didn’t learn anything else after all-world linebacker Shaquille Leonard’s injury, they should have learned that they have something special in Bobby Okereke. Here’s the problem. His contract is at its end.

Let’s make long stories shorter. That’s bad news for Indy and good news for any squad that winds up with Okereke in their wheelhouse.

Arden Key, EDGE, Jacksonville Jaguars

Arden Key tallied a 14.6% pressure percentage over the past two seasons, and he can create pressure from anywhere along the defensive line. That should be music to your ears if you’re a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles.

David Long, linebacker, Tennessee Titans

David Long might be the Tennessee Titans’ best franchise tag option if a deal can’t be worked out. He’s a phenomenal talent, one the Birds should investigate seeing as how there are questions about whether or not T.J. Edwards and Kyzir White would return.