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5 Overrated NFL Free Agents the Philadelphia Eagles Should Avoid At All Costs

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5 Overrated NFL Free Agents the Philadelphia Eagles Should Avoid At All Costs

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The Philadelphia Eagles will be busy in the weeks and months ahead. The scouting combine is beckoning, as is the annual free agency period in the NFL. Inevitably, there is always one or two big splash signings right when free agency begins.

Teams make their big pitches, and a young productive player usually goes after the most lucrative contract. The Eagles have been major players before. The last time they splurged in free agency, it ended up biting them in the rear.

It may be time for the Eagles to take on a more cautious and calculated approach. GM Howie Roseman has stated his desire to build a homegrown team that the fans can appreciate and grow with, not try to buy a championship.

It has certainly worked for other teams in the NFC like the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers, who seem to have the draft down to a science. Speaking of the Niners, Roseman's right-hand man Tom Gamble should be a major helping hand in this year's free agency period.

It may be a buyer's market, but the buyers should beware. Committing years and money to a player who may have had a fluke season could cripple a franchise for many years. Other teams in the NFC East like the Washington Redskins can attest to that.

So, the Eagles will have to be selective and spend their money wisely despite having quite a bit of cap room to play with. It will certainly be fascinating to see which way they go. Let's take a look at five overrated NFL free agents the Eagles should avoid at all costs.

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5. Louis Delmas

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Louis Delmas was recently cut by the Detroit Lions. When a secondary as terrible as the Lions are cutting you, that raises some red flags. Delmas has been injury-prone and his play at times has been reckless and out of control -- not a good combination. This is a player the Eagles should pass on.

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4. Aqib Talib

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The Eagles could use an upgrade at the cornerback position. While Aqib Talib is a lockdown corner, he may not be the long-term answer. He is getting older, has had previous off-field concerns, and seems to be injured on a regular basis. The Eagles should look to the draft for youth at the cornerback position instead.

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3. Hakeem Nicks

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The Eagles, depending on the decisions of free agents Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, may have some big shoes to fill at the wide receiver position. While Hakeem Nicks may be the cream of the crop, I'd look in a different direction. Last season was a disaster for Nicks. He was once again injured and has the Giants looking in another direction at the receiver spot. The Eagles could do better here by either re-signing both Cooper and Maclin, or looking at a young guy in a stacked wide receiver class in the draft.

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2. Michael Vick

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I believe Michael Vick's time as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles is up. He wants to start somewhere else, and I say let him. Chip Kelly is grooming Matt Barkley to be the backup to Nick Foles, and the no. 1 trait Kelly needs in a quarterback is durability -- something Vick hasn't been for the Eagles in quite a number of years.

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1. Jarius Byrd

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While Jarius Byrd may seem like a logical fit with safety being a pressing need for the Eagles, the reality tells a different story. Byrd has had some injury concerns to say the least. He also seems like the type of guy that will ask for the moon in contract negotiations. Is Byrd really worth a mega contract? I say no. The Eagles' best bet may be going after the next best thing in T.J. Ward, who is more durable, almost as productive and won't ask for a king's ransom.