Marquise Brown could finally drive a wedge in what's become one of the Eagles revolving doors

While we'd probably rather have Olamide Zaccheaus back, Hollywood Brown could cure a few Eagles ills.

Marquise Brown, Philadelphia Eagles free agency
Marquise Brown, Philadelphia Eagles free agency / Cooper Neill/GettyImages
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Sometimes, if we're being honest, we sit around discussing football, and we begin fighting the temptation to let our imaginations wander. We wonder if Marquise 'Hollywood' Brown would have been a realistic free-agent target for the Philadelphia Eagles had Kliff Kingsbury wound up being Philly's offensive coordinator. That's just us.

We never watched a ton of Cardinals football. We kind of skimmed through those 45-minute game recaps on NFL Plus, or we watched highlight reels of guys we wished Philly would steal from their roster (Budda Baker), but after Larry Fitzgerald left, we never watched one of Arizona's games unless they were playing Philly until Jonathan Gannon became their head coach.

That being said, we don't know what Brown and Kingsbury's relationship looked like. We imagine they got along. During the 12 games Hollywood played for Zona's former head coach, he enjoyed ten starts and racked up 709 yards receiving and three touchdowns on 67 receptions. We'll never know though, and it doesn't matter now.

Fast forward to the present. Brown is expected to hit free agency, and he's someone that could drive a wedge in what's becoming a revolving door on the depth chart.

The Eagles need a third wide receiver if Olamide Zaccheaus isn't retained, and Marquise Brown is better than most of what they had.

Okay, you saw the headline. We said Marquise Brown is better than "most" of what the Eagles have had as their third wide receiver option. If we had our way, which we don't, we'd resign Olamide Zaccheaus. he checks every box, but Hollywood may have the higher ceiling.

He'd also give the Eagles a long-term option as their slot receiver. The hope was Quez Watkins could fill that role. He couldn't. The Birds, this past season, added Julio Jones to serve as a band-aid. Julio is obviously way past his prime.

Some guys just are what they are. The Baltimore Ravens and Arizona Cardinals both experimented with trying to make Brown an X (primary) or Y (secondary) target when he and everyone should probably accept the fact that he's a natural slot receiver.

Now that the Cincinnati Bengals will franchise Tee Higgins, Mike Evans and Calvin Ridley will probably be the highest-valued wide receivers in free agency's pool. Brown and Michael Pittman Jr. are probably in that next tier if we were ranking available options at the position

Ridley made our list of realistic options. He, Pittman, and Brown will be expensive additions for most teams they sign with, but they already demonstrate skills Quez never had and traits Julio possesses that are no longer elite.

In two career appearances versus Philly, one with the Ravens and one with the Cards, Brown stacked 135 yards receiving and a touchdown while hauling in 12 of 16 targets. What's that saying? If you can't beat them, join them, right?

We'll see if he's on Philly's radar. Again, if we could have our way, we'd bring Zaccheaus back. Hollywood Brown can cure much of what ails the Eagles though.

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