Ranking the 5 second-tier EDGE free agents the Eagles must pursue in free agency

  • The Eagles have money to spend.
  • They need edge rushers.
  • They'd still be wise to avoid overspending.
  • Here are a handful of guys that might make some sense.
Jonathan Greenard, Philadelphia Eagles
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4. Leonard Floyd, Buffalo Bills

The need to shed some high contracts led to the Los Angeles Rams shedding Leonard Floyd. He landed with the Buffalo Bills and ate, racking up 32 tackles, 10.5 sacks, and a forced fumble during the regular season. He's wildly consistent, stacking nine or more sacks in each of the past four seasons.

The stats were good, but they don't do him justice. He makes big plays in big moments, and even when he isn't making the play himself, he's making an impact on so many others.

3. Za'Darius Smith, Cleveland Browns

Za'Darius Smith may not carry the same price tag as some of the top dogs in free agency, but we could be missing the mark here by stating he's a bargain signing. Why does it feel like he's going to land something in the $15 million per season range? Then again, this is the NFL and $15 million per season is sometimes what the bargain guys make.

All we know is this. He was underpaid last season. One-and-done campaigns with the Cleveland Browns last season and the Minnesota Vikings before that led to 71 tackles and 15.5 sacks over that time frame. He'll be on quite a few radars this offseason.