Grading the Eagles moves in free agency so far this year

Philadelphia Eagles, Saquon Barkley
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The Philadelphia Eagles have been one of the busier teams over the first two and a half days of NFL free agency, filling some necessary holes and gearing up for another run in 2024.

There have been a couple of big names to sign in Philly thus far, accompanied with some depth signings.

How have the Eagles fared with their signings so far?

Let's give each of them a grade.

Contract terms, grade and analysis of each Eagles signing thus far

Zack Baun, LB (1 year, $3.5 million)

The Eagles' defense clearly needed a lot of help going into the offseason, and they've addressed that side of the ball in a big way. Baun is more of a special teams ace with some starting experience, but he's also versatile and can play outside or inside. It's a cheap deal for a good, hard-nosed player.

Grade: B

Matt Hennessy, G (Contract not yet disclosed)

The Eagles needed to find some reserve depth on the interior, and especially after Jason Kelce's retirement, needed someone with enough versatility to play center as well, which Hennessy can do. This is a 1-year deal, with the financials not yet released. He's spent much of the past two years dealing with injury, so this is a risk. In the end, if he's healthy, he's a valuable backup.

Grade: C+

Brandon Graham, DE (1 year, $4 million)

There is something to be said about keeping longtime players in-house, and that's what the Eagles did here with Graham. He's a good player, although now relegated more to a rotational role. But, Graham is fantastic for the locker room and beloved in Philly. This was a necessary move.

Grade: A

Bryce Huff, DE (3 years, $51 million)

Signing players like Huff to a relatively large contract can be a risk. Coming off his breakout season, we can only hope he's going to replicate last year's performance. The contract isn't too gaudy compared to other edge rushers' deals, and Huff is only set to turn 26 in April. Philly needed another pass rusher, and they got him.

Grade: B+

Saquon Barkley, RB (3 years, $37.75 million)

The only reason Barkley doesn't get an 'A' here is due to the fact that he still plays the most replaceable position in football. He's a heck of a player and a game-changing running back. It also doesn't hurt that he spurned a division rival by signing with the Eagles, and fans have to love that. Barkley fills a need left by D'Andre Swift and gives this team a clear-cut answer in the back field. Gone should be the days of using a multitude of backs in Philadelphia.

Grade: B

DeVante Parker, WR (1 year, $4.7 million)

This was an interesting deal, because the Patriots are paying all but $1.2 million of this contract. The Eagles get an experienced wideout who can operate as their third option, giving Jalen Hurts someone who plays better outside and is good for the occasional big-time catch. The offense needed to revamp their depth behind DeVonta Smith and A.J. Brown, and Parker is as good of an option they could have found, all things considered.

Grade: A

C.J. Gardner-Johnson, DB (3 years, up to $33 million)

To say Philadelphia needed help in the secondary is an understatement. They brought back a familiar face who is as versatile as they come for a defensive back. Gardner-Johnson plays with a ton of confidence and will bring that swag back to the secondary. This was a home run.

Grade: A