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5 Biggest Free Agency Rumors Surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles

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The 5 Biggest Free Agency Rumors Surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles Free Agent Rumors
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Free agency is nearly upon us and the rumor mill is swirling for all 32 teams in the league. That is no different for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have been extremely busy in taking care of many of their own players before they hit the market when the clock strikes midnight on March 11.

The Eagles got long-term deals done with Riley Cooper, Jason Kelce and Jason Peters assuring themselves of a solid offensive line to protect Nick Foles for years to come and the comfort of having one of Foles' favorite targets in Cooper for the long haul. They also re-upped Jeremy Maclin for another season giving him the chance to prove that he is fully healthy and also allowing him to showcase his abilities in Chip Kelly's dynamic offense.

The general thinking is if Maclin thrives, he will also be in Howie Roseman and the Eagles' long-term plans. The Eagles also had to say goodbye to one of their veteran leaders in Jason Avant. He simply didn't fit what Kelly was looking for in a slot receiver. His veteran voice and great hands will be missed. That, however, is what the offseason is for. Change.

There has already been lots of it at 1 Novacare Way. Expect more along the way as Kelly looks to re-shuffle the deck especially on the defensive side of the football. I wouldn't expect the Eagles to explode out of the gates in free agency, but if their is a player out there who represents a true upgrade and the number makes sense, expect Roseman to pounce.

Especially at safety where the numbers are dire and the Eagles lack much proven talent. Having said all that, let's take a look at the five biggest rumors surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles heading into free agency.

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Will The Philadelphia Eagles Pony Up The Cash For T.J. Ward?

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The Philadelphia Eagles need real help at the safety position. The question is will the Eagles spend the big bucks on the position? Safety is a dying breed in this league and there are two very good ones on the market. It is a rare opportunity for the Eagles. Will they make the plunge?

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Will The Philadelphia Eagles Be Proactive In Adding A Pass Rusher?

Philadelphia Eagles Pass Rusher
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The Eagles are now in a bit of a quandary if they want to add a proven pass rusher. Brian Orakpo was hit with the franchise tag, and Jason Worilds a transition tag. It makes acquiring proven talent at that spot now very tricky. Unless they want to blow Worlids away with an offer it looks like the Eagles may have to try to develop their own talent through the draft or wait until next offseason for a proven, young pass rusher.

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With Jarius Byrd Now Available Will Howie Roseman And The Eagles Make Their Move?

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The Bills decided not to use the franchise tag on disgruntled safety Jarius Byrd. It is clear he wants out of Buffalo as contract talks have stalled. Is now the time for the Eagles to swoop in? I say yes. If I am Howie Roseman I gauge the market and make an aggressive offer. The Eagles haven't had a ball hawking safety of Byrd's caliber since the great Brian Dawkins. Getting Byrd would be a great first step in getting this defense back to a dominant unit.

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Will The Philadelphia Eagles Entertain Trade Offers For DeSean Jackson?

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The Philadelphia Eagles have a handsomely paid receiver corps. They have allocated the 2nd most cap money in the league at the wide receiver spot. Is having DeSean Jackson a luxury at this point? One could make the argument. Jeremy Maclin is a speedy, dynamic threat on the outside and Riley Cooper provides size. Their is also the opportunity to add talent in a 2014 draft loaded at the wide receiver position. If someone calls about Jackson and has an enticing offer I don't see Howie Roseman hanging up the phone.

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Will The Philadelphia Eagles Upgrade Their Kicking Game?

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The kicking game was a major downfall of the Philadelphia Eagles especially in the playoffs. Alex Henery was unimpressive on kickoffs and his leg isn't up to snuff. He is simply inaccurate on kicks more than 45 yards. Steven Hauschka is a pending free agent and was a stud for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. Adding him would go a long way toward improving the Eagles' kicking unit.