13 free agents that may make sense for Eagles

Eliot Shorr-Parks
July 11, 2019 - 8:09 am

One of the sayings that is quickly becoming Howie Roseman’s favorites is that the Eagles roster building is an on-going process. Roseman and his team are constantly looking around for potential players to add to their roster, which is why the Eagles will always be a team that is capable of making a move at any time. 

With training camp less than two weeks away it is safe to say that Roseman is looking around, putting the final touches on the 90-man roster that will report to the NovaCare Complex on July 24th. 

Who could he have his eyes on — and who will he likely pass on? 

Here is a look at 12 notable free agents that might or might not make sense for the Eagles:

Makes sense: WR Michael Crabtree, DE Allen Bailey, WR Pierre Garçon, RB Darren Sproles

The Eagles have perhaps the best trio of wide receivers in the NFL with Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and Nelson Agholor. Behind them, however, they have very little-to-no proven depth on the roster at receiver. Rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside has shown promise, but he has yet to even take a snap in a preseason game, and it isn’t known how he will do against really NFL competition on Sundays. Mack Hollins has some game experience, but is also a big question mark after missing all of last season. 

Roseman has put a ton of emphasis on depth this offseason, which is why it is surprising the Eagles are just one injury away from having to force an unproven player into full-time action. Both Michael Crabtree and Pierre Garcon have a ton of NFL experience, having played in and won big games. Crabtree and Garcon both come with their own concerns, especially Garcon, who had season-ending knee surgery last December. Still, neither has a job right now, and being a backup on the Eagles might be their best bet. 

Bailey, a defensive end from Kansas City, finished last season with six sacks and could provide some veteran depth at defensive end. The Eagles’ plan seems to be giving serious snaps to Josh Sweat, Vinny Curry and Derek Barnett, but all three come with their own concerns considering how 2018 played out. Bailey wouldn’t be a lock to make the roster, but he could come in and push the younger players to earn the playing time — and be a safety net if they don’t. 

Sproles has long been rumored to be making a comeback to the NFL, and with head coach Doug Pederson making it clear he wants that to be with the Eagles, it would almost be surprising if Sproles didn’t play for the Eagles at some point this season. 

Maybe: S Eric Berry, RB Jay Ajayi, S Tre Boston, OT Donald Penn, RB LeGarrette Blount

The Eagles’ running back positions is an interesting one with improved talent from last season, but also one that has plenty of question marks. Miles Sanders has missed all of the offseason workouts. Corey Clement is coming off of season-ending surgery. Josh Adams had a stellar start to his rookie season but then fell off. The result is not many sure things behind Jordan Howard. If they team gets into training camp and doesn’t like that they see, or a player goes down with an injury, bringing back Ajayi or Blount could be an option. Both are familiar with Philadelphia, know the playbook and know the roster well. Blount would make more sense of the two. 

Other positions the Eagles could decide to add some veteran depth at are safety and offensive tackle. Berry has had his issues the last two seasons, missing significant time in both, but is still better than any backup the Eagles have at safety when healthy. The same can be said for Tre Boston. If the trio of Andrew Sendejo, Tre Sullivan and Blake Countess don’t workout, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Eagles quickly add a veteran safety to the roster. 

Although the Eagles likely want to get Andre Dillard on the field this season, the fact he hasn’t played in the NFL yet has to be taken into consideration when looking at the left tackle spot, especially now that Halapoulivaati Vaitai is playing right guard. Penn has plenty of NFL experience, and if the Eagles need a long-term starter they can count on, might be a better option than Dillard or Jordan Mailata. 

No: DT Mo Wilkerson, DT Corey Liuget, CB Mo Claiborne, WR Dez Bryant

These players all make some sense simply because of the position they play, but it is hard to see the Eagles bringing them in. Wilkerson is dealing with legal troubles. Liuget has seen a dip in his production and the Eagles already have depth at defensive tackle. Claiborne struggled last season, and with a ton of depth at cornerback, wouldn’t have a chance at playing time with the Eagles. Bryant is coming off of season-ending surgery and likely wouldn’t be OK with a backup role.  

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