clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

NFL Free Agency: Top Offensive Players

The Eagles could be in the markets for some new toys on offense.

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Like with any offseason, the Eagles could stand improve by adding some quality starters and/or depth from free agency. The Eagles have some clear holes entering free agency and could look to fill those areas with veteran talent. Spots like backup quarterback, wide receiver and offensive line depth could be addressed this summer by adding free agents. Below are ranking of free agents by position, when taking into account the skill types and scheme fits for the Eagles:


1. Michael Vick

2. Tarvaris Jackson

3. Colt McCoy

4. Josh Freeman

5. Josh McCown

What could happen: The Eagles could and probably should re-sign Vick. He is clearly the best free agent option for the Eagles and possibly the only suitable backup for a team with two quarterbacks that have a combined three years of experience and have started a total of 17 games, including the playoffs.

What will happen: Pat Shurmur has experience with Colt McCoy from their time together in Cleveland. While he is not a stellar athlete or a top passer, he is a fit for the West Coast Offense. He has started games in the league and has a solid pedigree. After a season learning from Jim Harbaugh, McCoy could be a smart and cheap option for a backup quarterback. Of the free agents that are available, McCoy seems like the most reasonable free agent to add. This team needs to have a veteran at least in camp and signing a Colt McCoy to compete with Matt Barkley and a rookie or G.J. Kinne for a backup spot makes sense.

Running Back

1. Ben Tate

2. Rashad Jennings

3. Donald Brown

4. Knowshon Moreno

5. Darren McFadden

What could happen: With the way the Eagles are stacked at running back, it would make little sense to splurge on a guy. It is hard to see any of these guys taking a backseat to McCoy.

What will happen: See above.

Wide Receiver

1. Eric Decker

2. Jeremy Maclin

3. Riley Cooper

4. Emmanuel Saunders

5. Golden Tate

What could happen: The Eagles have an interesting situation at wide receiver. Two of their top three wide receivers are free agents and they enter an offseason with a draft stacked with pass-catching talent. The Eagles could re-sign Maclin and Cooper and add a fourth wide receiver in the draft. However, that is likely a pipe dream.

What will happen: The Eagles are likely to re-sign one of their own free agent wide receivers. With the draft being deep with wide receivers, it would not make a ton of sense to sign a high-priced veteran. Saunders and Tate may make sense if the Eagles want to improve in the slot.

Tight End

1. Jimmy Graham

2. Brandon Pettigrew

3. Jermichael Finley

4. Dennis Pitta

5. Fred Davis

What could happen: Chip Kelly is a fan of players that can block and catch. While Brandon Pettigrew was underwhelming in Detroit, the former first-round pick is a tremendous blocker and has solid hands. While Brent Celek isn't likely to get cut, Pettigrew is a younger option for an in-line tight end and would add another weapon to the mix.

What will happen: Depending on what happens to James Casey and Celek, the Eagles are likely to take it easy at the position this offseason. While Pettigrew makes a ton of sense from a depth and talent perspective, Fred Davis may be the cheapest and athletic option on the market (Graham will be Franchise tagged). If the Eagles feel like addressing the position, Davis may be the fit.

Offensive Line

1. Eugene Monroe

2. Branden Albert

3. Rodger Saffold

4. Jared Veldheer

5. Geoff Schwartz

What could happen: The Eagles owe Jason Peters a ton of money in the final year of his contract and could upgrade at swing tackle from Allen Barbre. However, this is a very deep and talented offensive line free agency class, so the Eagles could wait out the period for a mid-level guy. If the Eagles were to cut Todd Herremans, a player like Geoff Schwartz would make a ton of sense at right guard.

What will happen: These offensive linemen want money and the Eagles aren't likely to move on from Herremans or Peters this season. The line needs youth, so the draft is likely route for depth.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Bleeding Green Nation Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your Philadelphia Eagles news from Bleeding Green Nation