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Best Available NFL Free Agents: Could the Eagles have interest?

The Eagles roster is largely set, but could they have interest in any of the remaining top free agents?

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June 1st, a day that holds some significance on the NFL calendar, has passed and it hasn't really impacted the Philadelphia Eagles. OverTheCap offers a good explanation of why this date is significant:

The biggest impact for teams involves the modification of salary cap accounting rules for players whose contracts will be terminated after June 1 or whose contracts were terminated with the "Post June 1" designation.  Prior to June 1 any player removed from a teams roster, either by release or trade, will have all their remaining salary cap allocations accelerate into the current League Year. For example a player with $1 million in prorated money from 2014 to 2017 whose contract is terminated will carry a "dead money" charge of $4 million in 2014.

As previously noted, the Eagles don't really have any players who fall into this category. Another aspect of June 1 date is that players signed after this point don't count against NFL compensatory picks. Once again, however, this probably won't affect the Eagles because they already signed a number of players in free agency and didn't lose all that many.

Still, I thought it would be a useful activity to look around at some of the best remaining free agents in the NFL. The Eagles, like many NFL teams, already have their rosters set at the 90 man limit. The free agent market at this time of year largely consists of some aging "big name" players who aren't really in a rush to sign, anyway. But you never know when an injury will happen or a roster spot opens up. Eagles Vice President of Player Personnel Tom Gamble noted that the team has an "emergency board" ready should they become light at a certain position on the roster. He also said they're constantly updating the list.

Here's a look at some of the best available remaining free agents:

TE Jermichael Finley
TE Dustin Keller
DT Kevin Williams
WR Santonio Holmes
OT Bryant McKinnie
DE Brett Keisel
OG Richie Incognito
OT Eric Winston
LB James Harrison
RB Ronnie Brown
CB Asante Samuel
CB Terrell Thomas
LB Paris Lenon

I don't really expect the Eagles to have any interest in these names, especially in the case of former team members Asante Samuel and Ronnie Brown. Some names that don't appear on this list that the Eagles could have interest in, however, include OG Daryn Colledge and RB Michael Smith.

Colledge visited the Eagles a few weeks back but ultimately left without a deal. Perhaps both sides could circle back if Colledge still wants to play but can't find a better offer. The veteran free agent offensive lineman would give the Eagles some quality depth at the guard position behind starters Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans.

As for Smith, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back was rumored to share mutual interest with the Eagles a few weeks ago. Nothing has come of this rumor since then, but it's possible Smith is still healing from an injury before he's able to pass the physical that's required with a contract signing.

Like I said before, I think the Eagles are mostly set for now. At this point, any player the Eagles would be looking to bring in would be for depth purposes and training camp competition. Eagles GM Howie Roseman is never shy to tinker with the bottom of the roster, but the major contributors are already locked in.

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