Eagles Biggest Need in Free Agency

Posted February 16, 2012

So with all the DJax talk, and other potential free agent MLB's (Stephen Tullock is a good choice and Browns MLB D'Qwell Jackson is our BEST choice IMO). 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtjtnVrfTWI

I think the Eagles #1 priority will be to sign Texans DE/LB Mario Williams if he becomes available.

Even though the Eagles were one of the premier teams sacking the quarterback last year, the Eagles DE's are getting up there in age (Cole is 29 and Babin is 31 as of today) and will need replacements. The Eagles are usually forward thinking in replacing their "older" players with younger ones. So enter Mario Williams. Who at 27 years old and will make the perfect bookend to Brandon Graham (when healthy) and the Eagles will bolster a defensive end situation similar to the New York Giants with Tuck, Osi, and Pierre Paul. 

Speaking of DJax..

While he is a good player and played below his ability last season. I think the Eagles will try to retain him. But if I were running the team, I'd pass on DJax for Vincent Jackson. He's the perfect west coast offense/red zone threat and will remind people when T.O. was in town (minus the media circus and attitude). Free agency is almost here! Can't wait for the combine. :) 

Stay tuned! 

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32 Comments:
  • What WAS Hillis doing out there? He hit the line like he was trying to remember if he left his stove on.

    While I'm not a fan of some of the away from the field stuff surrounding Vincent Jackson, I can CERTAINLY see your point. The Eagles need a go-to target who can balance Maclin and draw coverage off of Celek in the middle.

    My hopes are for either Colston or Bowe, but I get the feeling that Colston will be franchised; and KC will send Bowe a truckful of money and even sacrifice several virgins if need be, to keep him.

    If the Birds are going to ink Williams and VJack, The have to not only deal Samuel but De$ean as well. Reports have their available cap space between 14-20 mil. With De$ean wearing that tag, they wouldn't be able to do both without either sacrificing the Draft for Free Agency, or inventing a new way to do math.

    Staying tuned!
  • I would love to see Mario Willams as a Eagle, because of his versatility, but I doubt it happens. People believe the Eagles line is full of depth, but I disagree. The Ends are both pretty old and the backups are likely busts or fringe players. The defensive tackles are a group of free agents, underwhelming draftpicks, and guys coming off bad leg injuries. They need some help on the line. I also believe the Eagles need to draft Vick's replacement. He's not getting any younger and the injuries are piling up. They did the same thing with Kolb around this point in McNabb's career. Another offensive lineman should be drafted, but they don't need to draft high. In fact they have done a better job drafting middle to late round lineman so that's when they should make that move. I think they should draft a kid who can return both punts and kicks, and who could be a third down back similar to what Brian Westbrook was originally drafted for. I am starting to agree with the idea of signing a linebacker in free agency. I think the Eagles already have too much youth at the position and that could be part of the problem. Who looks to whom for guidance on that linebacking core? I noticed when veterans began to get infused in the linebackers they started to play better.
  • I think we have a pair of good DT's. Not great. I agree i think our DE situation is somewhat suspect. Cole is a good not great DE and babin isnt a good DE prototype, I believe a beefed up Graham will be a big suprise this season. babin will be a pass rushing DE and thats it. Again I think our resources in the draft should be used on defense. Any early pick will be an upgrade at LB at almost all the spots. Your right about a veteran presence at LB. As far as drafting Vicks replacement i think thats a terrible idea. No need for any distractions. Cant think about tomorrow. All is on the line now.
  • I don't think drafting Vick's replacement would be a distraction. In fact I think it would be practical. Nobody would expect that person to play for atleast another two years. By that point the Eagles could walk away from the Vick contract with no penalty.
  • Feeley? Really? The guy sucks. Whos back does he have?
  • If they are going to go with Feely, then they might as well just promote Kafka to the number 2 slot. I believe it's time to look for the quarterback of the future. That doesn't mean he plays anytime soon, but he can be groomed for the next three years to take over the job.
  • Honestly I don't believe Feeley can come into games and win. He really hasn't been that good for sometime now. I think the future is more important than the present. I don't think they need a guy who is ready to play now, but I think they can draft a guy they can groom. I believe Kafka can be effective for small portions of a season and would cost less money than signing a free agent.
  • keep VY. I know it wont happen but he had good yards in his appearances. its only his first season w/Eagles. that is the heir.
  • Uh...no! Look at his career numbers with Tennessee. Besides the wins, they suck! Why would you want to tie up the Eagles future in a quarterback whose numbers are so bad and looked even worse when given the chance with his new team? There are other options out there and let's hope the Eagles are smart enough to realize that. They can't afford to WASTE another 5 million on him this year!
  • A.J Feeley wasn't very good last season so I'm not sure why you would be convinced he can come in and get the job done over Kafka.
  • I don't remember him being that good when he came back. He had like one good game and then he reminded us why he's a career backup.
  • I think the Eagles need a backup who can win games. I don't think Feely is an upgrade over Kafka right now, but I do think Kafka is an upgrade over Vince Young.
  • i wouldnt count on it
  • More eagle drama. D-jax in d jax out djax in djax out
  • Browns are about to tag D'Qwell Jackson, so that takes him off the board.
  • great blog---THEY WILL KEEP DJAX,with 9.5 mil tag,just in case,they will bring in vet wide recve,big plax or vincent,draft or go get vet middle linebacker,at qb---draft tanneyhill texas am---and bring in mario williams--at defensve end--we will see people---if andy reid lame duck -- or out the door---NEXT COACH,THERE IS PLENTY TO FIX TEAM---
  • I wouldnt "pass" on Djax. Teams that win superbowls have homegrown players not mercenary players. The Eagles need to pick a core group of Eagles and keep them for a long time. You cant buy a superbowl. You have to nurture the players in the organization. If you just keep getting the Babins of the league you will have a bunch of me me guys that dont know anything about loyalty.
  • If the Eagles want to show us that they are serious about making a run this year they will go after one of the top free agents at MLB (Tulloch) to sure up one of their weakest spots on defense. We have seen too many times that youth is too much of a gamble at linebacker especially with the Eagles making the picks at this position (and most positions on defense). They also either need to come to terms with Jackson or replace him with a talented receiver and punt returner (no steps back!). Samuel will have to be traded for whatever they can get for him to allow them a little more cap room and if Jackson doesn't come down from his demands (I heard that Rosenhaus wants 12 million a year and that is a bit much for an undersized, limited player that has shown that he can let off the field issues get in the way of his on the field play, in my opinion) he may have to be franchised and traded if there is a team willing to give up a decent draft pick and also be willing to give him that big contract that he wants (never a guarantee especially after the down year he has had). If he is traded the Eagles NEED to have a backup plan like I stated earlier. Mario Williams would be great but I'm not so sure that he is a necessity right now. I wouldn't complain if they announced his signing on day one and would be a bit excited but would have concerns that they wouldn't be able to address their bigger needs during free agency if that happened. When it comes to making their moves in free agency we do have to realize that the Eagles will be looking to resign McCoy, Maclin and possibly Rodgers-Cromartie in the near future. Looking to the future is not something we as fans like to do but it is necessary for the Eagles to do if you don't want to see the talent on their roster walk away for next to nothing.
  • TWELVE?! TWELVE?! As in ten, eleven, almost thirteen? Last I heard he "may have" wanted 10, but that was just a rumor and even THAT I thought was too much, but TWE-- Man, he needs someone to send him some game tape of all the games where he apparently never got off the plane. Twelve? Child please.
  • No way Jackson gets 12 million. I am curious to where you heard that rumor. If Rosenhaus were looking for 12 mil for one of his Eagle clients that client would be McCoy and not Jackson. In fact none of the available receivers in free agency will get that kind of money. Even Wes Welker or Colston. If Jackson truly wants 12 then he would never sign the Eagles franchise tender and he has made sever indications that he would.
  • I probably heard it on 610 but am not sure. Everything we hear and see about the Eagles before the deed is done is just speculation as I have stated on here numerous times. I just did a search on the internet and all that came up was that Jackson is looking for a deal BETWEEN 10 and 12 million so if those reports are true we all know that Jackson and Rosenhaus would "settle" for probably less than the reported 10 if a multi year deal was involved. The Eagles are reported to be looking at giving him a deal worth about 8 million per year. Still seems high to me for a guy that was a bit of a malcontent, played like someone that didn't care that he was in a contract year, showed little heart and is limited. I still think he is talented and would like to see them get something done but not if they can get one of the other top receivers in free agency for less. They would then have to possibly find a returner with one of their draft picks. Honestly, they would probably have to do the same thing anyway after throwing a ton of money at Jackson.
  • I think the Franchise tag is the best option here, but I think both sides are taking a big risk. If Jackson gets hurt he can kiss that longterm deal he's seeking goodbye, and if he plays the way he's capable then 10-12 Million might not be out of the question. I hope they can work things out, but with McCoy and Maclin's contracts pending, and depending on how well DRC plays next season the Eagles could find themselves in some contract difficulties. Let's not forget Trent Cole too who has a cap friendly contract that ends after the 2013 season.
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