The chance for teams to officially sign free agents on the dotted line is nearly upon us as Mar. 11 is right around the corner. There are always a few big splash signings that seemingly come out of nowhere and a market is set from there.
For a Philadelphia Eagles team that admittedly wants to take a measured approach, setting the market at safety this free agency period might be a necessity. There are quite a few talented veterans available who could really help this team out, and frankly the Eagles’ talent cupboard is completely bare at the safety position.
Jairus Byrd might command a mega deal, as will young up and comer T.J. Ward, but the Eagles will have to look under every rock to upgrade the safety spot. One guy who could come at a lower price than those two but is still a heck of a player is Donte Whitner.
He is an enforcer in the back-end and a heavy hitter the Eagles haven’t had since the great Brian Dawkins. While it is possible he could command a hefty sum as well the Eagles might have to risk it.
Going into the season with all unproven/fringe talent in a key spot in the secondary like safety is not a wise idea for a team with playoff aspirations. Howie Roseman and company should not wait for the safety market to thin out. They should be the aggressors. If that means overpaying a guy so be it. With a salary cap the highest the league has seen at $133 million and plenty of cap room, the Eagles have the flexibility to risk it on a talented young player at a premium position.