ESPN: Two Eagles in Top-50 NFL Free Agents of 2019
After a somewhat disappointing 9-7 season for the Philadelphia Eagles, we all know changes need to be made, and are going to be coming to their roster this offseason.
All NFL players without a contract for the 2019 season will become a free agent March 13 unless they re-sign or are franchise tagged by their current team prior.
Two Eagles have cracked ESPN’s top-50 NFL free agents of 2019: wide receiver Golden Tate and defensive end Brandon Graham.
Tate was acquired for a third-round pick this season, and Graham made on of the most important plays in the history of the franchise in Super Bowl LII, but now the team must decide if they want them back.
Tate, 31, was placed at No. 36 by ESPN.
There isn't usually a mad rush for 31-year-old free-agent receivers, but Tate fits the mold set by the now-retired Steve Smith. He has used strength, route knowledge and precise fundamentals to continue producing on the north side of 30.
Although he did't jump-start the Eagles offense, he did make the game-winning catch in the Wild Card game against the Bears and is considered to be one of the top yards after the catch players in the league.
The former Lion averaged 3.7 catches per game with the Eagles after catching 6.3 passes per game the first seven weeks with the Lions
As for Graham, ESPN placed him at 41st on the rankings.
Although his sack total fell to 4.5 this season after recording eight in 2017, Graham remains an effective pass-rusher and a durable every-down player. He was on the field for 72 percent of the Eagles' defensive snaps in 2018. That's a good number to have on his free-agent résumé.
In a league that demands pass rushers, the Eagles still might elect to let Graham, who will be 31 at the start of next season, walk with Derek Barrett returning and a deep defensive end position in April’s draft.