2. James Bradberry, Cornerback
This might be triggering for some of you but hear me out. The Eagles initially signed James Bradberry to a one-year deal for the 2022 season. He had an All-Pro year, finishing what turned out to be a Super Bowl run with the 3rd most passes defended in the NFL and three interceptions.
His experience and football IQ combined with what athletic ability he had left were crucial to the team's success last year.
Regardless of what you want to blame the Super Bowl loss on, Bradberry played an outstanding season and was an important free-agent signing. The problems with Bradberry began after the Eagles extended his contract to three years. The 2022 All-Pro corner's performance regressed to slow play and poor tackling.
The one-year deal was a great move, the extension was not. We'll see what happens next season, but he still has played well enough to earn a spot in our top five.
1. Haason Reddick, EDGE/linebacker
This was a no-brainer when looking at the full list of free-agent signings since 2021. When Haason Reddick became available in 2022, the Eagles offered him a three-year contract right off the bat. That was a smart move because in his first year with Philly, he enjoyed a memorable, All-Pro year, finishing with a career-high 16 sacks and was up for Defensive Player of the Year candidate.
In his first two years with the Eagles, Reddick racked up 64 solo tackles, 24 TFLs, 27 sacks, and 49 QB hits. He single-handedly changed the course of last season's NFC Championship Game to favor the Eagles by way of a knockout shot on Brock Purdy.
Like Bradberry, Reddick regressed slightly in 2023, but with Vic Fangio taking over as DC, we can expect the entire defensive unit to step it up.
Haason Reddick has been the Eagles best free agent signing in the Nick Sirianni era by far.