Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has seen the players on his football team perform, but he hasn’t gotten the chance to see them perform in person and there’s a big difference in seeing a player on tape as compared to in person. He won’t get a look at his players until April 1st and it seems to make him uncomfortable making final decisions.
Due to the situation, Kelly and the Eagles player personnel staff are moving slowly when it comes to making personnel moves. They don’t want to ship somebody out of town and then later discover that the player could have helped them.
“If you can find someone who can improve your team and get better, but I don’t think there’s, ‘We have to get X amount of players this year,’ or, ‘Don’t get X amount of players,’ ” Kelly told Philly.com’s Zach Berman. “It’s a fluid situation all the time. You can look at what you have on the roster, and you can say we want to get this position, but then you look at free agency, there’s no one at that position who’s better than what you have.”
Free agency will start on March 12th and I expect to see them make moves at the cornerback and defensive tackle positions. We’ve already seen that there will be activity at those positions.
There have been numerous reports that Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith will be a target. He’s got great size for a cornerback, standing 6’3″ and weighs 218 pounds. The Eagles will have to compete with a number of other teams, who will seek the services of Smith.
We know with the release of defensive tackles Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins that they will probably make a move at that position, as well. They’re changing defensive fronts and they want to get younger at the position.
This isn’t going to be a big free agent yea for the Eagles. They aren’t going to set the world on fire with what they do in free agency this offseason. Yes, they do have a lot of money to, about $33 million dollars to work with.
Kelly and Eagles GM Howie Roseman will probably look at the cornerback and defensive tackle positions in free agency. They want to bring in players who will compete for starting jobs and contribute in the upcoming season.