3 Reasons for the Eagles to acquire Shaquille Leonard, three more to ignore him

We're almost certain the Eagles won't be acquiring Shaquille Leonard but feel led to discuss the pros and cons anyway.

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Three reasons the Eagles should ignore Shaquille Leonard

Another player with the talent to help the Eagles on their quest to become Super Bowl champions is available. It won't be long before we see those 'HowieSZN' hashtags on social media (our Bat Signal for vice president/general manager Howie Roseman). Still there are reasons to proceed with caution.

Here are three of about ten that we could name.

The best ability is availability.

The evidence has shown us that Shaquille Leonard is among the game's best when he's healthy. We're just wondering if he is.

Back injuries forced him to miss all but three games last season, and though he has appeared in nine contests so far in 2023, he has only played about 70% of the snaps. We're used to seeing him in the 98% range.

How are we feeling about this $6.1 million price tag?

$6.1 million sounds like a bargain when you think about someone we've seen do some of the things that Shaq Leonard has done. That is until you remember that Howie Roseman can grab four running backs for the same dollar amount.

Here's something else to consider. Though he's owed $6.1 million for the remainder of 2023, the team that claims him is actually on the hook for $6.5 million that he is guaranteed despite his injury.

Does he help the Eagles team chemistry or affect it negatively?

The Eagles have a good thing going at the linebacker position with Zach Cunningham and Nicholas Morrow. While adding another talent to the room is appetizing, no one wants to lose the steam this unit already has.