While the Eagles have a full 90-man roster heading into training camp, they also have very little available to them on the free agent market if they need to make upgrades. The team may also need injury replacements in training camp and unfortunately, there's not a lot to choose from on the street. A lot of retirements, long-term injuries and one-year contracts have made the cupboard remarkably bare.
Here is a look at the scarcely-talented remains of free agency:
*Italics indicate former Eagles
Thoughts: Yikes! Grossman and Freeman are the only players to see significant starts in their careers and both have proven to be former high draft picks that are incapable of holding down the fort for extended periods. Davis, Skelton and Smith are career backups, who for the most part, have failed to impress when given time.
Thoughts: This list of five really doesn't fit what the Eagles want to do. Chances are that the running back position is the most equip to handle a lack of back-end depth or injuries situation. Choice and Stephens-Howling are probably the most equip for the Eagles offense on this list.
Thoughts: The Eagles are probably in trouble if there is a major injury to the wide receiver unit but they do have depth. None of these guys are appealing for various reasons. Moore is a career special teams player, Holmes is a headcase, Bennett just got cut by the Browns, and Alexander is a walking MASH unit. Walter is probably done.
Thoughts: This may be the best free agent unit but that all depends on Finley's health. Crabtree and Hartstock are solid backups and King could provide a veteran presence. If Keller is healthy, he would be a nice addition.
Thoughts: Again, yikes! This is an ugly list of veterans who are likely on their last leg in the league. That five is scary bad.
Thoughts: This isn't a terrible group but there are very few fits for the 3-4 defense. Carter and Hunter both have experience in multiple fronts but they are headed toward the ends of their career. Rodgers and Landri are well-traveled but not well-received. Sidbury is interesting but probably best fit for an even front.
Thoughts: Groves is the guy on the list that makes the most sense. The rest are just names you've heard of but aren't worth adding. Lenon may play in the league until he's 135.
Thoughts: Yeah, no thanks. Robinson has never been very good, despite his contracts and accolades. The same could be said for Webster and Houston (who the Lions thought was headed toward retirement). There is literally no way the Eagles would re-sign Samuel to anything other than a one-day deal. Hughes was cut by the same staff twice last year, so it's a bit of stretch to expect him back. That said, he knows the defense.
Thoughts: Gregory is an interesting player, who has started for the Patriots and Chargers. He would be the best guy to add in case of injury. The rest are just older veterans looking for one last chance.
Thoughts: If the Eagles wanted any of these guys, they would be competing with Alex Henery right now...
Thoughts: Donnie Jones is leaps and bounds better than these guys and it would be a disaster if he went down.