Don’t Be Surprised If Eagles Pursue Jairus Byrd Or T.J. WardBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Secondary Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
You can expect the Eagles to go after one of the the former University of Oregon free-agent safeties, Buffalo’s Jairus Byrd or Cleveland’s T.J. Ward. Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman is committed to building this football team (the right way) through the draft, which means not going all out in free agency. The presence of Byrd and Ward in this year’s free agency pool could change the free agent strategy this year for the Birds.
The main reason the Eagles could go after Byrd or Ward is Chip Kelly’s relationship with them. They both played for him at Oregon, so he knows what kind of people they are. Kelly knows how hard they will work. He knows what type of teammates they were when they played for him in college and therefore he probably feels he can predict how .
The big reason the Birds foray into free agency went awry was the fact that they didn’t have as much knowledge of the personalities of players like Nmandi Asomugha. They brought them in because of their reputations on the field, but they had no idea what type of teammates they would be. It turned into a disaster.
Chemistry is important on a football team. You need your best players to be your hardest workers. Many times the best players on bad teams have a poor work ethic. They accomplish things because of their talent, but they hurt the team in the long run because they set a bad example.
The Eagles are in desperate need of help at the safety position, which is one of the most important on the defensive side of the ball because of how pass-happy the league has become. A guy like Byrd will require big bucks, but he has the ability to cover receivers and area’s like a cornerback. Ward is more of a strong safety-type, who is an outstanding tackler and better run defender than pass defender.
Each of them would be a tremendous improvement for the Eagles. Byrd would cost mega-dollars, while Ward would be somewhat less expensive.
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