Aside from a first half in Washington during week one of the 2013 NFL season, the Philadelphia Eagles defense has struggled in almost all areas of the game. Little pressure on the Quarterback has been applied by a rotating number of players on the Eagles defensive line, missed tackles have been something fans have sadly come to expect, and blown assignments have piled up in the secondary.
Not all of the blown assignments and missed tackles can be credited to Nate Allen and Patrick Chung, but it would seem as though fans have had enough of at least one, if not both of them. Eagles fans can call for Allen and Chung to go until they are blue in the face, but who is available to step into at least one of the safety spots? "There ain't any safeties on the street, I can tell you that. So, we're going to play with the ones we've got," coach Chip Kelly said after a 33-30 defeat to the San Diego Chargers in week 2.
There is one safety on the street who might have something to say about that.
Kerry Rhodes remains a free agent after most recently being worked out by the New York Giants, who's safety position resembles a revolving door. At 31 years old, his best days are clearly behind him, but has his performance diminished to the point that no team is even willing to take a flyer on him? Rhodes played 15 games in 2012, registering 67 combined tackles, 1 sack, 11 passes defended, 2 forced fumbles, and 4 interceptions. That's 2 more interceptions and forced fumbles than Nate Allen and Patrick Chung combined for in 2012. So more importantly, why haven't the Eagles at least taken a look at Kerry Rhodes?
Many believe Rhodes still views himself as a top-shelf safety in the NFL, and wants to be paid like one, others have said he is more interested in an entertainment career, and some have even mentioned his sexuality rumors as a possible cause of him being "blacklisted".
Why do you think the Eagles haven't kicked the tires on Kerry Rhodes? Do they know something we don't?