Predicting The Philadelphia Eagles’ 5 Biggest Free Agency Moves
Predicting Philadelphia Eagles' 5 Biggest Moves In Free Agency
The Philadelphia Eagles were one of the most exciting teams to watch last season. New head coach Chip Kelly unleashed his college offense -- at least the lite version of it -- on the NFL. After a few ups and downs the Eagles found their way and even made the playoffs.
This offseason Kelly has the first real chance to begin to shape the Eagles the way that he wants them. That means weapons all over the place on offense and playmakers on defense. It’s all about players who can make things happen in open spaces which is harder to find than you would think.
But they do have options. This is one of the most talented free agent classes we’ve seen in a long time. There are guys, especially on the defensive side, who would be immediate upgrades for the Eagles.
And it’s not just players on other teams they need to be worried about in free agency this year. They have several players on their own team they need to make sure stay in Philly.
All in all, this is going to be an offseason that begins to define the Chip Kelly era. He’s a coach with a specific system that needs specific types of players to be successful. Last year he got the most he could out of the previous regime’s players; this offseason he starts the process of shaping the Philly roster his way.
With plenty of cap space and needs to fill, the Eagles should be players in the free agent market this offseason.
5. Re-Sign Riley Cooper
Riley Cooper began the season as the biggest distraction on the team, but he ended it as one of the most reliable receivers. He fits well in Kelly's up-tempo system, and the Eagles should make sure he gets a chance to show what he can do with a year to learn the intricacies of the complex offense.
4. Sign Brian Orakpo
One need the Eagles have to address this offseason is the pass rush. You can never have too much of it in the NFL today, and they didn't have enough last year. Brian Orakpo will be one of the best pass rushers on the open market this offseason, and it's always a plus when you can take a guy away from a division rival.
3. Sign T.J. Ward
The Eagles had the worst pass defense in the league last year. They gave up the most yards per game through the air, but some of that was because teams were trying so hard to keep up with their offense. What they do need is a safety to patrol the middle of the field and prevent big plays. The Cleveland Browns might slap T.J. Ward with the dreaded franchise tag, but if they don't Philly could sign him to a big deal.
2. Re-Sign Jeremy Maclin
Jeremy Maclin might be one of the most sought after free agents right now if he hadn't lost his entire season to a knee injury. Maclin is a great fit for Kelly's system, and you know he'll get the most out of him if the Eagles can keep him in Philly.
1. Sign Greg Hardy
Greg Hardy -- and his 33 sacks in just four years as a pro -- is the best player available in free agency this year. (Sorry, Jimmy Graham believers; he's not going anywhere). The Eagles need to make a splash on the defensive side of the ball, and signing the best pass rusher on the market will do just that.