Young blood. A term heralded by Kyrie Irving’s alter ego, Uncle Drew. Young bloods are the crown jewel of professional success; those that play in the prime of their career, also boasting bright futures.
The Eagles could use some fresh juice in the Linc home locker room.
As Free Agency opens 4:00 PM Tuesday, the Eagles enter the market with the second-most cap room in the league. With anywhere from $34-$45 million-depending on Nnamdi Asomugha’s release-and a spacious locker room, Philadelphia will be active.
Activity is a misnomer for signing the big-ticket free agent. Players like Asomugha will not arrive in Philly this month. Instead, cheaper, younger options will sign to fill short-term and long-term needs.
Firstly, the Eagles will require players to fit the new bybrid 3-4 defense. The man in the middle may be sitting in Jacksonville. Jaguars Defensive Tackle Terrance Knighton will enter Free Agency Tuesday. and would serve as an ideal fit for Philadelphia. The 335-lbs Knighton started 16 games in 2012, recording 140 total tackles. Knighton, a third round pick in 2010, would merely dent the vault versus of a break-the-bank type of player like Asomugha. Nicknamed “Potroast,” Knighton can provide a run-stufing machine in the roots of the Eagle defense.
Niners safety Dashon Goldson knows how to win. After tasting supremacy in Super Bowl XLVII, Goldson may bring his talents to South Philly. A durable bruiser, Goldson notched 69 total tackles in 2012. In addition, he intercepted three passes in 16 games started. Earning Pro Bowl honors in 2012, Dashon Goldson is asking for around $8 million per year. Conventional wisdom states that his asking price will drop, and fall to a level most safeties earn at. Look for Goldson to remain unsigned through the first few hours of Free Agency. One can only hope that the Eagles land the physical Safety, and rekindle the vibes of the Brian Dawkins era.
On offense, Eagles require dynamism in Chip Kelly’s high-flying style. A majority of teams are moving to two TE offenses, with pass catchers galore. Titans TE Jared Cook is exactly that; as a matter of fact, Cook nearly entered arbitration arguing that he played more at WR. Thus, he should get WR franchise-tag money. Ultimately, Cook would accompany Celek nicely over the middle. In the future, Cook could serve as Celek’s replacement whenever the Eagles deem fit.
The Eagles need to reach full 53-man capacity somehow. With only eight draft picks in April, the equation fails to add up. Free Agency help is surely on the way.