The trading/free agent signing period is fast approaching, so the Eagles front office will have to decide who they plan to pursue come March 5th. Over the next few weeks at BGN, we will be taking a position-by-position look at who we could see in an Eagles uniform come training camp. Today's position? Fullbacks.
With Pro Bowl fullback Leonard Weaver still unsigned, it is possible (however unlikely) that the Eagles will explore other options through free agency. Newly acquired ex-Bills fullback Dwayne Wright might be able to secure a roster spot with his special teams play, but I can't see him starting for this team. The free agency market has some good options, but when you take away the restricted free agents (there is no way the Eagles will spend a 1st and 3rd round draft pick to acquire Le'Ron McClain) you're left with slim pickings. Although none of us want to think of a season without "The Weave," here are a few available alternatives:
Tony Richardson (UFA): At 38, it's hard to say that Richardson is the best option out there for a "Weaver-less" Philadelphia squad, but it's hard to argue the veteran's triple threat. He is a skilled lead blocker and can pound the ball up the middle for those critical short yardage situations. He can also be used as a weapon in the receiving game. The major drawback to signing Richardson though is his stopgap nature. His age would likely restrict him to a year-long contract. That is, if he doesn't retire first.
Justin Griffith (UFA): Should the Seahawks agree to part ways with the 29 year old Griffith, he could present some value to the Eagles. Griffith is a reliable blocker who is effective in short yardage situations as an interior runner. He is also a great redzone threat at receiver, racking up 12 receiving touchdowns over his seven seasons in the league.
Other Available Free Agents:
- Le'Ron McClain (RFA)
- Lawrence Vickers (RFA)
- Jeremi Johnson (UFA)
- Dan Kreider (UFA)
- Terrelle Smith (UFA)
- Naufahu Tahi (RFA)
In the next installment, we will be taking a look at tight ends. Feel free to leave any suggestions on who to examine in the comments section. For more information on unrestricted vs. restricted free agents in a potentially uncapped year, check out this great article over at Mocking The Draft.