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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 01: General manager Howie Roseman of the Philadelphia Eagles watches warm ups before the game against the Washington Commanders at Lincoln Financial Field on October 01, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Legal Tampering Period has begun. Soon enough the Eagles will start making moves. They won’t be officially until Wednesday when free agency actually begins. But with a few exceptions, looking at you Frank Gore, once moves are reported in the legal tampering period, they usually end up happening.

This will be one of the most important off-seasons for Howie Roseman and the Eagles in a while. Last season was a disaster, and Howie deserves a lot of the blame for that. The defense that got them to the Super Bowl lost 5 starters. Both Linebackers, both Safeties, and their most productive DT. The only one he did an adequate job of replacing was Javon Hargrave. Drafting Jalen Carter may be an improvement there. But even there we saw what trusting a rookie too much will do. While Carter was amazing in the first half of the season, he eventually hit a rookie wall. And after that, we saw little to no production at DT outside of Fletcher Cox, who retired.

Howie ignored Linebacker and failed to replace the Safeties adequately. They trusted inexperienced players like Nakobe Dean, Reed Blankenship, and Sydney Brown, and surrounded them with mediocre or aging players. That is not a mistake the Eagles can make again. Howie needs to do better in the free agency period this year.

But what should his priorities be? Should his focus be on fixing the secondary? Is addressing linebacker more important? What about running back? They have a lot of needs, and the Haason Reddick situation could create more needs. But luckily they also have a ton of cap space, a projected $43 million. So let’s see what they should do with it.

Here are their 6 biggest priorities for free agency, in order of how important they are:


  • 1) Land One of The Top Safeties

    For me, this needs to be their biggest priority. They likely need two Safeties. Arguably corner is the bigger need, but the draft this season is full of cornerbacks you could see starting year one. And after we saw Jaylon Johnson and L’Jarius Sneed get tagged by their teams, the cornerback class in free agency seems fairly weak. But that is not the case at Safety.

    Even with Antoine Winfield and Kyle Dugger being tagged, there are still a few great options. Xavier McKinney is one of the best cover Safeties in the league. Kamren Curl is another great option. They could even reunite with CJ Gardner-Johnson. But they need to land one of those guys. They cannot go into next season without having at least one Safety they have absolute trust in. And while they are at it, they should bring in someone like Jordan Fuller too, who at the very least will be dependable.

    6 Free Agents Who Could Help Fix The Eagles Secondary
  • 2) Bring Back Haason Reddick

    There is a strong case for this to be number one. The Eagles have enough needs already, they don’t need to add finding an elite pass rusher to the mix. Reddick has 4 straight seasons with double-digit sacks., He was their only guy in double digits last season. Reddick, Slay, and Cox were their only reliable defenders week to week. Sweat took a massive step back, Carter and Davis both hit a wall, and pretty much everyone besides Slay in the secondary struggled. Cox retired, and Slay is now 33. So why on Earth are they playing games with their most talented defensive player?

    Pay him, Howie. Keep one of the NFL’s elite pass rushers in Philly. It was nice having him on a bargain these two years, but he finally figured out he was being underpaid. And they do not have anyone behind him we can trust to step in. Nolan Smith has potential, but we saw nothing last season that says he is ready to be a double-digit sack guy.

    NFL on Twitter: ".@Haason7Reddick already with two sacks 🔥📺: #SFvsPHI on FOX📱: Stream on NFL+ / Twitter"

    @Haason7Reddick already with two sacks 🔥📺: #SFvsPHI on FOX📱: Stream on NFL+

  • Extend Devonta Smith

    The Eagles already signed Landon Dickerson to a new deal. Now they need to extend the 1st round pick from that same draft class. Devonta Smith has been a true 1B to AJ Brown. Keeping him in Midnight Green is a must. It wont be cheap. WRs get big money now and he is a top 20 WR. But keeping the offense together as much as possible is the surest way for them to be an elite team again.

    John Clark on Twitter: "DeVonta Smith beats DaRon Bland for 29 yard TD21-17 Eagles / Twitter"

    DeVonta Smith beats DaRon Bland for 29 yard TD21-17 Eagles

  • Get a Competent Linebacker

    The Eagles do not need a star LB. We would all love it. But that is expecting too much out of Howie Roseman. They do need competent LB play though. Can they get back to the level of Kyzir White and TJ Edwards? Drue Tranquill or Josey Jewell are they types of moves to look for.

    NFL Unlimited on Twitter: "#Chargers Drue Tranquil with one of the fastest sacks you'll ever see. / Twitter"

    Chargers Drue Tranquil with one of the fastest sacks you'll ever see.

  • Sign a RB, But Not One of The Big Ones

    Swift is already heading to the Bears. There are lots of options out there. They should be able to land a quality back. But they should avoid the big names. No Saquon Barkley, the value just isn’t there compared to what he will get paid. but a Gus Edwards or Zack Moss? Those moves could make sense.

    NFL on Twitter: "Gus Edwards takes the hit and still gets the first down 😤📺: #BALvsLAC on NBC📱: Stream on #NFLPlus / Twitter"

    Gus Edwards takes the hit and still gets the first down 😤📺: #BALvsLAC on NBC📱: Stream on #NFLPlus

  • Get a Capable 3rd WR

    The Eagles badly need another option at WR. Not a star. But someone who can put up maybe 500 yards. A true slot WR that can help take pressure off Brown and Smith. We have seen in the past few years that they have no dependable options behind Brown, Smith, and Goedert. I have seen enough of Quez Watkins.

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