Free agency is only eight days away. Let the speculation begin.

Geoff Mosher of Comcast Sportsnet tweeted the first of many rumors Monday. According to Mosher, the Eagles are interested in signing Cardinals Safety Rashad Johnson. A third round pick, Arizona selected Johnson 95th overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. Mosher tweeted:

Ariz S Rashad Johnson will get some attention on FA market. Great ST player, potential starter. Good for depth. Heard Birds have interest.

At 5-11, 204 lbs, Johnson recorded 20 tackles in 2012. The four-year pro intercepted two passes this past season, his highest season total.

Johnson aces special teams coverage, similar to Eagles’ Safety Colt Anderson. However, Johnson presents a starter-caliber skill set. The Cardinals have expressed positivity in securing an agreement with Johnson. Both sides hold mutual interest, and a deal is not out of the picture. If acquired, he could produce a huge upgrade to the Eagles’ secondary.

Should the Eagles sign Johnson, they would be well on their way to improvement. Johnson epitomizes the under-the-radar signing the Eagles require in a quest for relevance in 2013.

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