Free agency begins in just over three and a half hours. There have been rumors swirling around this team for the better part of a month now. We've heard about possible trades and hints of free agents that the team may be interested in. So, I guess the ultimate question that we're all asking ourselves is, "What's actually going to happen?" And although no one can really predict that, not even the Eagles' front office, we can probably make some generalizations that could hold true.
First, we know that we have a ton of cap room, and we're going to have to use a good portion of it. We also know that when the front office sees someone that they are interested in, they will go after them pretty hard (see Kearse, Owens, Samuel, and the pursuit of Randy Moss). Additionally, we all know that when the front office has a plan of actiion, they're going to try to stick to it, no matter what the media and fanbase thinks.
I have a few thoughts that I think could hold true. First, I think the Eagles have one specific FA that they consider a must have, and they will move on him hard and quick. There's a good possibility that they overpay to get him, but that's okay considering our cap space. After that, there are probably a few (perhaps two) players that could be immediate players in our system, but there is probably a bidding point where the Eagles will draw the line. Finally, there may be one or two players that are simply added for depth.
If I had to take a guess at who these players are, I say there's a fairly good possibility we sign Jason Brown tomorrow (and overpay a bit to do so). After that, there will be a two day window where we pick up a player or two for immediate impact (Weaver at fullback is a good fit and I think an outside shot at Ward at RB), and finally we'll position ourselves to add depth over the next week or two. Those names I'm not so confident in, but be on the look out for a linebacker and maybe a safety (depending on what happens with Considine).
Now, I don't know if any of this will hold true, but I think it's a fair assessment. I can't wait to see what pans out though!