Who Could The Eagles Target In Free Agency?BREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Thursday, March 7th, 2013
After the Philadelphia Eagles signed new Head Coach Chip Kelly, the next round of activity for the Eagles is just around the corner. Free Agency hits the NFL on Tuesday March 12th and looking out of any coach’s window at the Nova Care Complex I imagine is as thrilling this year as it was in the last two seasons, but of course for different reasons. This is the first Free Agency of the Kelly era and expectations for a winning season for he and his new staff might not be as high in his first year. But don’t tell him that! Coach Kelly wants to win now and since he has his coaching crew on board Tuesday starts Phase II… and it’s about to go down!
We’re all looking and wondering how Chip is going to address the team’s most glaring needs in the post-Andy era. Depending on who you are and who’s glasses you’re wearing there are three, maybe four pressing needs and they’re all disputable in Philly. Do the Eagles go after the new Diva of the NFL – Darrelle Revis – to stop the leak at the left corner spot? Do they pluck up Cliff Avril, the best defensive end in Detroit to rush the passer off the right end in the new 3-4 defensive alignment? How about Ed Reed at safety? Maybe they snatch Alabama’s right guard Chance Warmack in this year’s draft to replace the bust that is Danny Watkins? The choices are numerous. Much to Philly’s chagrin, Mike Vick so far, is your Quarterback.
Does Chip go by the biggest need or best chance at getting what he needs? There are two issues with the offensive line and they’re both on the right side at guard and tackle. But to me, the biggest need on my list is left corner. There is, first of all the assumption that Nnamdi Asomugha will be gone perhaps by the weekend and even if the team picks up a DB after Tuesday the starter is coming out of college.
I see the Eagles meeting that need with the fourth pick of the draft this year by selecting Alabama Blue Chipper Dee Milliner. Regarded by many as the best corner coming out of college the former All American comes in at 6’1” and 200 lb’s. Milliner’s size and speed (4.37) matches up well with the Calvin Johnsons’ and Andre Johnsons’ (or any other big receiver named Johnson) of the NFL world and his upside should be off the charts. This gives the Eagles two speedsters on the corners – yeah they’re keeping DRC – and they could be looking at the best defensive back they’ve had since the last Super Bowl era and an ALL-Pro for years to come.
There is however a priority at safety since Nate Allen hasn’t shined like the former administration would have hoped after a very good rookie campaign. Some eyes are on San Francisco’s Dashon Goldson, but mine? Since Milliner is the starter on the left side he’s going to need some real veteran tutelage and there’s probably no chance to talk #20 into leaving the ESPN desk, and Ed Reed will be either in B-More or with Bill Belichick so… Charles Woodson is the man I would sign as a quick fix for a year or two and look for a stud safety in the next couple of drafts.
“Can’t miss” tackle Luke Joeckel out of Texas A&M will be going to former head Coach Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs, and Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher probably won’t be there either. But there are a few other tackles whose stock has risen since the Combine, so the team will have a good shot perhaps at snatching a starter in the second or third rounds.
The team will need upgrades to the defensive end and outside linebacker positions as well as depth to the offensive line, so it will be very interesting to see how the next several weeks develop leading up to the draft.
Now, as is usually the case, the Eagles will do none of the above and surprise us all with moves we’ll either love or hate. But now that Chip is in the house maybe he’ll surprise us in ways we haven’t been accustomed to. Some think he’ll become better acquainted with some of his players from Oregon, namely defensive end Dion Jordan or tackle Kyle Long out of Oregon, or both.
I say, it’s at least time to get the juices flowing and let that anxiety build. The next thing you know her come OTA’s and Training Camp. After the last two dismal years for the Philadelphia Eagles, football season (for me at least) is about to go down!!!
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