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Eagles: 5 remaining free agents they could sign

Eliot Shorr-Parks
March 19, 2019 - 7:47 am

Free agency is now one week old, and the Eagles' front office has been busy, adding four new players to their roster. 

With just over $11 million in cap space, however, the team likely still has more moves to make -- and they certainly have issues they still need to address. 

Here are five free agents still left unnsigned that could interest the Eagles. 

T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jaguars: Yeldon would bring plenty of versatility to the Eagles’ roster from the running back position, which is arguably their biggest need on offense one week into free agency. Yeldon has topped 50 catches in two of the last three seasons, and has totaled 1,302 receiving yards during his four years in Jacksonville. Yeldon’s numbers as a number has not been as impressive, as he hasn’t topped 500 yards in any of the last three seasons, but part of that is due to a lack of touches. As a rookie, Yeldon got 182 carries and finished with 740 yards, an impressive output. Since then, he has never topped 130 carries in a single season. Yeldon would be a low-risk, high-reward option for the Eagles. 

Ezekiel Ansah, DE, Lions: Ansah, who has visited the New Orlean Saints and Buffalo Bills, is an intriguing option among the defensive ends. Ansah’s career has had plenty of ups-and-downs, as he has twice notched double-digit sacks — but those two seasons have been sandwiched by a year with two sacks and another with just four. The 29-year old has played 80 games in his career, totaling an impressive 48 sacks with 218 tackles, 110 quarterback hits and 60 tackles for a loss. Ansah averaged one quarterback pressure every five rushes at the quarterback last season, which was actually better than the pressure Bennett averaged in every 7.6 snaps in 2018. Ansah’s issues has been staying healthy, as he played in just seven games last season. Ansah could be interested in a one-year, prove-it deal after coming off a down season. If he is, the Eagles should give him a chance to do it in Philadelphia.  

Danny Shelton, DT, Patriots: Shelton would not be a great option as a starter, but the Eagles are also in need of help at backup defensive tackle as well, and he could be an upgrade there over what they currently have. Shelton played just 344 snaps for the Patriots last season, totaling 21 tackles, but 2015 first-round pick could be worth taking a flyer as a low-risk, high-reward option. Shelton could be especially helpful against the run, considering the Eagles' newest defensive tackle -- Malik Jackson -- struggled against the run last season. 

Vinny Curry, DE, Buccaneers: Curry’s first season in Tampa Bay didn’t go as planned. Curry played in just 42% of the snaps and finished with only 2.5 sacks. The Eagles wanted Curry back in 2018, but had to cut him for financial reasons. Even after trading for Bennett, the Eagles were still trying to work a deal out with Curry, hoping he would take less money to stay before ultimately cutting him. Curry has received serious interest from the Bengals and Giants, with the Eagles also showing some interest as well. Where Currey signs will likely come down to money, but it would be wise for the two sides to work together and come to a deal. 

LeGarrette Blount, RB, Lions: Could a reunion make sense for both Blount and the Eagles? There is an argument to be made the Eagles should have never let Blount leave for Detroit, as they missed his production and runs between the tackles last season. Blount had a poor season with the Lions, totaling 418 yards on 154 carries, an average of just 2.7 yards per attempt. Assuming Blount could be had a minimum salary, the Eagles could have interest in bringing him back for depth in the backfield. 

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