Eagles again named as Pro Bowl safety Justin Simmons' best landing spot

There are still some intriguing free agents out there, and one of them, Justin Simmons, makes a ton of sense for the Eagles.

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NFL free agency has been open for a few weeks, but it's far from over, as there are still plenty of players out there looking for a new home. Surprisingly enough, veteran safety Justin Simmons is one such player.

After spending his first eight seasons as a member of the Denver Broncos, Peat will continue his career elsewhere, and Bleacher Report recently listed the Philadelphia Eagles as the ideal destination for the two-time Pro Bowler.

Philly is logical as a landing spot for Simmons since they could use some added help at the safety spot. Plus, Simmons has experience playing under new Eagles defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, as Fangio served as the head coach of the Broncos from 2019 to 2021.

From Bleacher Report:

"The Philadelphia Eagles look to be the ideal landing spot for Simmons. They have the fourth-most cap space leaguewide ($32.4 million) and would be a great fit for him schematically.

"Simmons was already successful earlier in his career working with new Eagles defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who was Denver's head coach between 2019-21. The Eagles also need more veteran talent at the safety spot. . . . Simmons is a clear upgrade here and would make perfect sense for a team that needs more veteran contributors as it looks to bounce back after its nightmarish finish to last season."

The Eagles could look to address the safety spot in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft. But, this is a team that's built to win now after making it to the Super Bowl two years ago, so bringing in an experienced veteran like Simmons to complement C.J. Gardner-Johnson and Reed Blankenship, who recently signed a one-year contract extension with the Birds, could make sense.

Plus, the Eagles still have a lot of cap space with which to operate. Per Over the Cap, Philadelphia has the third-most remaining cap space in the entire league. Using that space to further solidify the secondary would be wise.

The Fangio connection can't be ignored when discussing the Eagles and Justin Simmons.

Simmons played some of the best football of his career under Fangio in Denver, and a reunion in Philadelphia could prove to be beneficial for both sides. When the Eagles hired Fangio earlier this year, Simmons was very complimentary of both the coach and the move.

“I owe a lot of my success to Vic and his staff, because just the way they implemented their defense and made me learn the game in a whole new perspective,” Simmons said. “It was a whole new defense, it was a whole new way of learning. So Philadelphia’s got a great one.”

Having a player with experience could help Fangio implement his system with a new team, and similarly, Simmons' familiarity with the system could help him to thrive in a new setting,

Philadelphia has been active in free agency so far as their additions have included running back Saquon Barkley, linebackers Bryce Huff and Devin White, wide receiver DeVante Parker and Gardner-Johnson, among others. Maybe Simmons will be next.

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