5 free agents the Eagles need to re-sign this offseason

With the clock ticking, the Eagles must make some big decisions this offseason, beginning in free agency.
Jason Kelce, D'Andre Swift, Philadelphia Eagles
Jason Kelce, D'Andre Swift, Philadelphia Eagles / Kevin Sabitus/GettyImages
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D'Andre Swift, running back

One of the biggest questions surrounding the offensive unit is whether the production of running back D'Andre Swift is enough to merit his return. Ditching aging running backs for younger players is the new trend, and fortunately for the 2023 Pro Bowler, he is the perfect fit.

At just 24 years of age, Swift has already shared a backfield with Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Williams, and David Montgomery. He has had the chance to learn from some of the best in the game. 

He has avoided unnecessary wear and tear by not being the offensive focal point. In his first year as the primary running back, Swift totaled 1,049 rushing yards on 229 carries, joining Miles Sanders as the only Eagles tailbacks to crack 1,000 yards rushing since the departure of LeSean McCoy.

For the Eagles to avoid wearing Swift down, they will also have to sign an RB2 with a higher ceiling than Kenneth Gainwell. When all is said and done, Swift should be back in Philadelphia next season, at least let's hope so.

Olamide Zaccheaus, wide receiver

The Eagles need a receiver who will do the dirty work without complaining when the football isn't thrown his way. With Quez Watkins hitting the open market, the Eagles should look to re-sign Olamide Zaccheaus on a relatively cheap deal.

O.Z. was only targeted 20 times this season because he had to share the ball with A.J. Brown, Julio Jones, and the aforementioned Watkins, but he found ways to positively impact the team away from the ball and when he earned his chances. 

He isn't afraid to get his hands dirty and block down the field on big plays. Think about his crucial block for an early-season A.J. Brown touchdown against the Washington Commanders during a Week 8 win.

Furthermore, Zaccheaus was not credited with a single dropped pass this season, showing that on the rare occasion that the team calls his name, he stays ready. An inexpensive one-year deal is reasonable, especially if the Eagles let Watkins leave.