5 Free Agents the Philadelphia Eagles Should Still Sign

Philadelphia Eagles Look to Continue Improving

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The Philadelphia Eagles were the surprise team of the 2013 season, as Chip Kelly integrated his fast paced style onto the offensive and defensive sides of the ball to great success. The result was that the Eagles went 10-6, won the NFC East and generally set up a bright future. Still, the offseason provides an opportunity to continue building, and these five available free agents are fits for the Eagles and their .8 million in cap space.

5. Darrius Heyward-Bey

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5. Darrius Heyward-Bey

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The Philadelphia Eagles ranked ninth in the NFL in passing yards per game, and they have a good core locked up in Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin. Still, they have an opening at wide receiver as DeSean Jackson is on the verge of moving out of town, and Darrius Heyward-Bey looks like a perfect fit for the Eagles. Heyward-Bey is exceptionally fast, has good size at 6-foot-2, 219-pounds and could come in cheap as a premier deep ball threat.

4. Major Wright

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4. Major Wright

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The Eagles had the worst pass defense in the NFL in 2013, which occurred because of a lack of adequate players at safety and cornerback. Malcolm Jenkins has been acquired to help fill this hole, but signing Major Wright would provide the extra bit of fight and security the team needs. Wright has great athleticism, an eye for the ball and after picking up 100 tackles, two interceptions and forcing two fumbles in 2013, it is clear he can play.

3. Rob Bironas

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3. Rob Bironas

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Eagles kicker Alex Henery had his worst season to date in 2013, going 23-for-28 on field goals, including 8-of-12 on tries of 40 yards or more. Bringing in a bit of competition for the 26-year-old is logical after that performance, and Rob Bironas looks like a perfect fit. Bironas has been one of the most consistent kickers in the NFL for the past 10 years, would provide a bit of urgency for Henery and could end up winning the starting job.

2. Carlos Rogers

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2. Carlos Rogers

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The Eagles should not stop at improving their defensive back corps with Major Wright, and they should bring in Carlos Rogers to shore up the cornerback spot. At 32 years of age, Rogers would provide a veteran presence to the Eagles defense, and he has the mix of quickness and physicality that would succeed under Chip Kelly. Moreover, Rogers could likely be had on a team friendly one or two-year deal that would make financial sense.

1. Mark Sanchez

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1. Mark Sanchez

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The Eagles recently cut Michael Vick, and it doesn't seem likely that they will go with Matt Barkley at backup considering his poor showings in 2013. One guy that would make sense is Mark Sanchez, who would certainly know his role as a backup, has experience winning games at the NFL level and actually has the potential to start in the NFL. Sanchez would likely not be looking for a long deal, but he would be a great backup to Nick Foles in 2014.

 


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