NFL Free Agency: Eagles Paired with 3 Free Agents in Top 100 Ranking
The opening of NFL free agent is scheduled to begin on Wednesday.
The new league year begins, and players can start switching teams, or resign with their current team.
The Athletic ranked the top 100 free agents this offseason and matched them up with teams based on need, scheme fit, cap space and organizational history.
Looking at the Philadelphia Eagles, Sheil Kapadia of The Athletic, saw three good fits among the top free agents.
All three names were on the Defensive side of the ball, that could make an immediate impacts.
First up is Dallas Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones.
Ranking as the website’s ninth ranked free agent, Jones, 27, would be the top corner available on the free agent market this offseason.
The Eagles gave up 2,318 yards to outside wide receivers last season. No team allowed more. Jones is positioned to become the top-paid corner in the NFL, but GM Howie Roseman indicated at the combine that the Eagles are prepared to be aggressive.
Last season with the Cowboys, Jones started 15 of his 16 games played, recording 46 tackles, and six passes defensed. Jones made the Pro Bowl and was a second-Team All-Pro in 2018.
Another name on the list of potential free agents is Broncos defensive tackle Shelby Harris. Landing at No. 66 on the ranking, the addition of Harris would the Eagles more depth at a position that was crippled by injuries last season.
The Eagles need defensive tackle depth, and Harris can give them that. He had a career-high six sacks and led the NFL with nine passes batted down at the line of scrimmage with the Broncos last season.
Harris, 28, spent the last three seasons with the Broncos, after being drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the seventh round in 2014. In 2019, the defensive tackle had 28 tackles, eight of which were for loss, 6.0 sacks, and a forced fumble and nine pass deflections in 16 games played.
His six sacks was a career-best in sacks and also added six QB hits last season. He would be an outstanding addition next to Fletcher Cox.
One last name Kapadia thinks is a good match for the Eagles is linebacker De’Vondre Campbell of the Atlanta Falcons.
The LB totaled 129 tackles, including six for loss. He also added two sacks, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and five pass deflections in 16 games played.
The Eagles are thin at linebacker and take a flier on Campbell’s versatility and athleticism. He started 54 games in four seasons with the Falcons and had a career-high 129 tackles last year. Campbell can play the weakside in Jim Schwartz’s 4-3.
He would be a welcomed addition for a linebacker core for that was decimated by injury and has already moved on from Nigel Bradham. He seems like the kind of athletic linebacker that the Eagles have been trending towards using last season.
But until March 18, it’s anyone’s guess to see where these guys will land, but all three seem like they'd be a good fit in midnight green.