Free Agency. One Week Away!

Posted March 05, 2013

Free agency is a week away (it opens 4:00 PM on March 12). Only 8 teams have used the franchise tag and although the Bills have used theirs on a hands down favorite of the Eagles fans (Jarius Byrd) there are still options available for them. Dashon Goldshon of the 49ers, William Moore of the Falcons, Glover Quin of the Texans are all possibilities...and there are numerous quality safeties who are injury concerns that the Eagles could bring in on shorter and/or cheaper deals like the Jets did with Laron Landry...players like Louis Delmas, Kenny Phillips and even Landry himself but safety is a position most of us would rather see sured up by one of the safer choices. Unfortunately the name I have been seeing as of late is current Cardinal's safety Rashad Johnson who obviously is being looked at because of the Billy Davis connection. From what I have read he grades well against the pass, struggles a bit against the run, is a little small (5'11, 203 lbs), is a very good special teams player and has played limited snaps at safety as a backup. Not exactly the type of player we as fans are hoping for unless he is being looked at as a backup and a replacement for Colt Anderson. Who knows, maybe the man can play but at this point I hoped the Eagles would be looking at a better solution at one of their safety spots and maybe they are...we'll see in a week. There are so many positions the Eagles could look at so if they are looking at Johnson as a cheaper replacement to go stronger at a different position I am fine with that...there's always the draft. They could strengthen their line by going after guards Andy Levitre (Bills) or Louis Vasquez (Chargers) or they could go after a right tackle and strengthen their line immensely by moving Herremans back to guard. Talk is that they have interest in Sean Smith (Dolphins) and we all know that cornerback is a huge must this offseason. Aqib Talib (Patriots) and Keenan Lewis (Steelers) are also available but I doubt RFA Sam Shields (Packers) is going anywhere. I was hoping that  TE Jared Cook wouldn't be franchised by the Titans, he is a guy I fell in love with in the draft a few years ago because of his althleticism (the Eagles ended up with Ingram instead of Cook) and could be a player the Eagles look at to help with their TE issues and also to line up as a slot receiver on occasion. Seems like he could be the type of player Kelly likes. There are also other TEs the Eagles could look at but Cook is the guy I hope they land if they bring one in. OLBer is a need in my opinion and it would shock us all if the Eagles went top of the line by going after a Paul Kruger but with Kelly you just never know. Will Roseman allow Kelly his wishes or will they stick to the Eagle way of undervaluing certain positions? I'm curious to see what happens next week, to see if things change enough that it's noticeable in season one. Do the Eagles strike big day one or do they plug along signing fill ins hoping they get lucky? Does Kelly feel he can put any player in position to win (quarterback, for instance) or does he realize that he needs top talent and more importantly a top defense to win in this league. So far his moves haven't been winning too many fans over but most of us are smart enough to realize that this isn't a quick fix...that no coach can take a 4-12 team with a struggling defense and a question mark at QB and win a championship in his 1st year. We've already seen many changes...how many are you hoping to see in a week when free agency starts?

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