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Philadelphia Eagles Offseason Free Agency Guide - Part 2: Halfbacks

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? Halfbacks.

With the likelihood of Brian Westbrook retiring at an all-time high, you can bet that the Eagles will give the free agency market a look for a suitable compliment to LeSean McCoy. CFL MVP Martell Mallett has already been signed and the draft will provide a few options, but when your top two halfbacks are McCoy and Eldra Buckley, the argument for an experienced back can easily be made. Here are a few options:

Leon Washington (RFA): Sure, coming off of a broken leg isn't the best situation for a running back to be in, but it's hard to argue Washington's value. He has been a contributing compliment to the Jets' Thomas Jones for years, but the drafting of Shonn Greene may leave Washington as the odd man out in New York. The Eagles, however, could definitely use someone with his speed and experience. Plus, he is a game-breaking kick returner, something the team will be in need of should Ellis Hobbs fail to return for a second season.

Chester Taylor (UFA): Although it's unlikely that the Vikings will want to part with their most experienced running back while Adrian Peterson is still suffering from fumbleitis, they might opt to go with a younger backup through the draft or free agency. Taylor will turn 31 at the start of the 2010 season, but should still be able to compliment and mentor McCoy nicely for a few years.

Jerious Norwood (RFA): Another solid kick return option, the 26 year old Norwood saw his workload decrease this year as third stringer Jason Snelling stepped up his production. While the Falcons may no longer need Norwood's services, the Eagles could definitely benefit from the dual threat that he provides in both the rushing and kick return departments. Although Norwood was forced to relinquish his return duties this year to newcomer Eric Weems, the previous three seasons saw him maintain an average of 25 yards per kick. To put that in perspective, it's about on par with Quintin Demps' average, minus the fumbles.

Other Available Free Agents:

  • Pierre Thomas (RFA)
  • Darren Sproles (RFA)
  • Carnell Williams (RFA)
  • LenDale White (RFA)
  • Willie Parker (UFA)
  • Kevin Faulk (UFA)
  • Jerome Harrison (RFA)
  • Larry Johnson (UFA)
  • Jason Snelling (RFA)
  • Mike Bell (RFA)
  • Ryan Moats (RFA)
  • Chris Brown (UFA)
  • Kolby Smith (RFA)
  • Ahman Green (UFA)
  • Gary Russell (RFA)
  • "The Other" Adrian Peterson (UFA)
  • Samkon Gado (RFA)
  • Aaron Stecker (UFA)

In the next installment, we will be taking a look at fullbacks. 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.

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