Time flies, doesn't it? On some days, it feels like time is dragging by. That often occurs when we're waiting in anticipation of something exciting happening, the start of Philadelphia Eagles training camp for instance. There are other times, however, when it feels time flies. Can you believe it? We have already reached July. Six months of the 2023 calendar year are behind us, and the Birds report to work on July 25th.
Everywhere you look, there's a buzz surrounding this Eagles team. Expectations are high. Philly has pieced together another phenomenal roster, but there's always room for improvement.
We have often seen executive vice president/general manager Howie Roseman make acquisitions late in the offseason. It's encoded in his DNA, and with questions surrounding the safety position and linebacker room, questions are being asked about whether or not he'll do it again.
The Eagles are mentioned as a landing spot for safety Duron harmon in a recent Pro Football Focus recommendation.
Here's an intriguing read if you were busy this week and missed what was said. Pro Football Focus recommended one trade, free agent signing, or extension for all 32 NFL franchises. The Philadelphia Eagles landed safety Duron Harmon. Here's some of what was said about the theory.
"The Eagles don’t have any pressing business, whether that’s a key extension to lock in or a glaring need to address, but adding depth and experience at safety would make sense.- Brad Spielberger
Harmon has logged more than 1,000 snaps in three consecutive seasons and provides a reliable presence on the back end at free safety. Philadelphia’s current position group is largely made up of younger, inexperienced players.
Harmon earned a 77.6 coverage grade in 2022 with multiple interceptions for the sixth year in a row to go along with a career-high 67 tackles and 11 defensive stops. After a very strong draft that also addressed positional needs, there are effectively no holes on this Eagles roster. Depth at tight end or wide receiver were areas to consider here earlier in the offseason, but Philadelphia went ahead and added free agents Olamide Zaccheaus and Dan Arnold."
Those of you who have spent your time debating Philly's perceived readiness at the safety position have no doubt mentioned Duron Harmon before. He's the owner of a name we are familiar with, and he's one of the top remaining safeties on the free agent market.
With Devin McCourty now retired, we'd go so far as to state he's one of the top three options. We'd rank Adrian Amos and John Johnson higher... maybe. Harmon has eclipsed the 30-year-old threshold. That often qualifies available players for the NFL's version of the scarlet letter. Still, if the desire is to add a durable veteran to lead a young room, it's hard to find better options.
Harmon hasn't missed a game since his rookie season in 2013. He is coming off of a fine season, and he's still reliable in coverage. In 2022, he collected 86 tackles, two interceptions, five pass breakups, and two forced fumbles. We could rock with that type of production in Eagles green. We'll have to wait and see if Howie Roseman shows any interest.