Philadelphia Eagles free agency grade

Notable additions:

Torrey Smith – Wide Receiver – From: San Francisco 49ers

Nick Foles – Quarterback – From: Kansas City Chiefs

Alshon Jeffery – Wide Receiver – From: Chicago Bears

Chance Warmack – Guard – From: Tennessee Titans

Notable subtractions:

Nolan Carroll – Cornerback – To: Dallas Cowboys

Bennie Logan – Defensive Tackle – To: Kansas City Chiefs

Connor Barwin – Outside Linebacker – To: Los Angeles Rams

 

Analysis:

The Eagles made it a priority in free agency to get some more weapons for young quarterback Carson Wentz and that is why they went out and wide receivers signed Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. Jeffery gives the Eagles an elite possession receiver on only a 1-year deal, so they aren’t risking too much by signing him. Meanwhile, Torrey Smith gives the Eagles a much needed deep threat and he could be a very good bargain signing if he returns to the type of player that he was with Baltimore a few years ago. Philadelphia struggled with consistency from their wide receivers last season and Jeffery/Smith should fix that issue right away. Meanwhile, the Eagles also reunited with quarterback Nick Foles on a 2-year deal to be the backup to Carson Wentz. It was surprising that the Eagles even addressed the backup quarterback position since they already had a backup quarterback with Chase Daniel. However, I think it was the right move to make for Philadelphia since Foles is a better quarterback than Daniel. Also, Foles is $1.5 million per year cheaper than Daniel who was getting paid $7 million for the next 2 seasons. The Eagles just ended up releasing Daniel and now the Eagles have an outstanding backup quarterback if Wentz is injured or doesn’t play well. Philadelphia didn’t lose too much in free agency, but the subtraction of starting defensive tackle Bennie Logan will hurt the Eagles defense for sure. The Eagles do have Fletcher Cox as a really good defensive tackle, but now they need to fill the major void at the other defensive tackle spot. Losing Nolan Carroll also hurts the depth at the cornerback position for Philadelphia, but it was a position that they needed to address this offseason anyway. Philadelphia still has some work to do on defense and probably at the running back position as well, but they took some stops in the right direction on offense especially with their upgrades at the wide receiver position.

Grade: B

alshon jeffery

 

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