The Philadelphia Eagles have been aggressive this offseason whether it be during the draft or adding talent in free agency. The Eagles are putting other teams on notice that they plan to be in playoff contention for a second consecutive year.
There are a plethora of veteran talent free agents waiting to be given another chance in the NFL. That said, the Eagles still have a few holes to fill, and they could be looking at the free-agent market once again. With some considerable big-name players hitting free agency, which remaining free agents should the Eagles consider?
4. Will Fuller, WR
After the Eagles made a blockbuster trade with the Tennessee Titans during the 2022 NFL Draft, bringing wide receiver A.J. Brown to Philadelphia, all hope seemed to be restored. The rest of the league instantly looked at the Eagles’ wide receiver corps. Pairing Brown with DeVonta Smith, the route running specialist, and Quez Watkins the speedster, is just the beginning.
The Philadelphia native would be welcomed back home with open arms. The 28-year-old veteran could be another addition the Eagles need to help mentor the young wideouts. After completing his seventh season, Fuller has a total of 213 receptions for 3,136 yards and 25 touchdowns. The question is not Fuller’s skill set, but his dependability.
Fuller has yet to complete an entire NFL season due to injuries and suspensions. With questions surrounding young wideout Jalen Reagor being an Eagle coming week one for the new season, Fuller could be worth the risk. Fuller could be a cheap replacement and add depth to a wide receiving corps still searching for upgrades.
3. Carl Nassib, DE
The quote “offense wins games, defense wins championships” is a real philosophy the Eagles have adapted over the years going back to even before they became Super Bowl LII Champions.
The one thing the Eagles do better than any other team in the NFL is build in the trenches. If selecting Jordan Davis with the 13th overall pick in this year’s draft wasn’t any indication of how much the Eagles value the defensive line, then you might need your eyes checked. Nassib could be added depth the Eagles need at the defensive end.
Nassib’s raw power and technique allow him to get to the quarterback with little effort. The 29-year-old has a way of shredding through the opposing offensive lineman to create explosive plays. During his six-year career, Nassib has a total of 113 solo tackles, 22 sacks, four forced fumbles, one interception and one blocked kick. Nassib could easily be put in rotation with Brandon Graham or Derek Barnett.
Could the Eagles bring yet another Philly native home to the nest?
2. Ereck Flowers, G
With the retiring of All-Pro guard Brandon Brooks along with Nate Herbig heading to the New York Jets, the Eagles don’t have many options at the guard position. With Landon Dickerson and Isaac Seumalo appearing to be the consensus on continuing to be the starters, the Eagles lack depth.
Flowers has had quite an interesting career to say at the least. After having a lackluster start to his career, Flowers found himself bouncing around the league until he finally found his footing in his second stint with Washington. He was a consistent performer for Washington, though his $10 million cap hit for the upcoming season was something the team could not afford.
The 28-year-old was the 17th highest-graded guard, the sixth highest-graded pass-blocking guard, and still finished well inside the top half of run blockers this past season. Flowers’ strength has always been his pass-blocking ability but has steadily become a better run-blocker as well.
The durability of the young guard alone might be a good enough reason for the Eagles to sign Flowers. Flowers had only one season where he didn’t exceed 850 total snaps. That happened to be the year he was released from the New York Giants before being claimed by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
1. Landon Collins, SS
With the departure of Rodney McLeod, the Eagles are down to Marcus Epps and K’Von Wallace at the strong safety position. With Wallace still trying to find his footing, and Epps gradually improving, it is apparent that the Eagles need help.
Collins is no stranger to the NFC East, spending the first four years of his career as a member of the New York Giants, and his last three seasons in Washington. Many Eagles fans will remember Collins from last season, when he grabbed the ball after bouncing off the heel of Dallas Goedert during the Week 15 match up against Washington, creating one of the most unusual interceptions the NFL has ever seen.
The three-time Pro-Bowler has built quite a resume over the last seven seasons. Collins has a total of 11 interceptions, ten sacks, and 482 solo tackles which include 41 of those tackles being for a loss, and seven forced fumbles during his NFL career. Collins’ instincts as an underneath zone defender are more than just exceptional. The way Collins can read the field makes him an annoyance for opposing teams.
Collins is a hybrid position player the Eagles could covet. The 28-year-old is able to line up at the free safety and linebacker position as well if needed. Could Collins be the last piece that is needed for this newly stacked secondary?
One Step Closer
With the Eagles just completing OTA’s, we are just one step closer to the preseason. The Eagles will get the chance to showcase some of the talents they have acquired during the offseason, as well as grade each player to see if they are a long-term fit for the team.
The Eagles will have a tough decision to make deciding who to keep and who to cut before the August 31, 53-man roster deadline. Will the Eagles continue to bring in free-agent talent to help remold the team? Which NFL free agent do you think the Eagles should consider?