Thanks to everyone who donated to the service trip I’m going on. We raised over $3400, which is much more than I expected.
Unfortunately, the timing of the trip coincides with the beginning of Free Agency. While I may be able to comment, I’m not banking on having the time/internet access to do a full discussion while I’m in Iraq. I’ll certainly address the moves after I return, but before that I figured I’d give you a short-form “wish list.”
Here’s what I’m looking for:
Jairus Byrd – I am NOT 100% on board with this signing. I think Byrd has become overrated by many fans, and isn’t the guaranteed star he’s being made out to be. Maybe I’m just gun-shy after the Nnamdi debacle. I made it fairly clear last week that I’d prefer to wait another year before taking a big shot or two in free agency. However, given how big of a whole the Safety position is (and how long it’s been that way), it would be really hard to be upset with signing Byrd. The Eagles have plenty of cap space, and the cap itself is increasing at a fast pace, so the money isn’t as big an issue as it has been in the past. Just try to keep expectations reasonable. Byrd is not going to step into this defense and immediately transform it into a top 10 unit.
The Rest – Outside of potentially signing Jairus Byrd, my plan would look very similar to last year’s. A handful of moderately priced, mid-tier guys who can add depth and, if the Eagles get lucky, become big contributors. In particular, NT, CB, S, LB, DE, and WR are all positions that could use some immediate help or at least another body.
A guy like Chris Clemons would seem to fit the bill, but he’s 32. Short-term stopgaps are ok, but I’d prefer players who can provide depth for 3-4 years. As the team grows into contention, controlling roster turnover will become a big deal.
The Kicker needs some competition, and that could come via Free Agency. Todd Herremans needs to be replaced soon, and I suppose that could come through Free Agency too. Neither of those are “break-the-bank” positions, so it’s unlikely for any signing here to violate the “reasonable, low-priced” requirements.
One thing to keep in mind is that the Eagles appear to believe that players coming back from injury offer good risk/return investments. Maybe I’m reading too much into last offseason, but Patrick Chung, Bradley Fletcher, and Kenny Phillips were all players with injury concerns. It wouldn’t surprise me to see the team add a couple of similar profile players this year. What about Sidney Rice? Still just 27 years old, but coming off a torn ACL (and a history of injuries). Is any team still willing to offer him a deal with a lot of guaranteed money? If not, he’d look good in green.
Hopefully, we’ll see a couple of early signings, but it feels like this could be a fairly quiet FA period for the team. I think Roseman is very confident in where the roster is and where it’s headed, and I don’t see him getting impatient now. Next year might be a different story.
That’s all for now. If I can check in from Iraq, I will. Thanks again to everyone who helped out. We’ll do our best to earn it while we’re over there.