The cornerback position in Philadelphia has been rough for half a decade and it seems like this will be an offseason where the team is forced to address the position. While drafting a young cornerback is appealing, the Eagles may have room for two new starters next season. That is why they may replace veterans Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher with another experience defensive back.
While free agency will likely feature big names like Brandon Flowers, Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, the Eagles may be able to save some money and go younger with Kareem Jackson. While the 5-foot-10 cornerback may be under the size limit for the coaching staff, there could be a compromise after Williams and Fletcher failed to deliver the last two years.
Jackson was drafted out of Alabama by the Texans in the first round in 2010. He played in and started all 16 games in his rookie season, while collecting 71 tackles, 10 pass breakups and two interceptions. In 2011, he played in 15 games (13 starts) and produced 42 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble. In his third season, Jackson played in all 16 games (15 starts) and compiled 53 tackles, 16 pass breakups and four interceptions.
In 2013, Jackson produced 56 tackles and nine pass breakups. This past season, Jackson collected 57 tackles, nine pass breakups and three interceptions in 13 starts.
Appeal to Eagles
First off, did I mention that Jackson has played for the Texans? Well, he has his entire career, much like James Casey, Connor Barwin, Jeff Maehl and Bryan Braman before signing with the Eagles (DeMeco Ryans, Donnie Jones and Andrew Gardner also had stops in Houston before coming to Philadelphia). Whether it was Howie Roseman or Kelly who admired the Houston players, they could add another with Jackson. He was a five-year starter for the Texans and while he is a bit short than the publicized requirements, he has shown that he is an effective player in the league. Sometimes, coaches compromise.
Appeal to Jackson
If Jackson is looking to continue his career elsewhere and cash-in on his early success, the Eagles could be appealing. The other former Texans have flourished in Philadelphia, so the team may be able to recruit him with ease. While Houston would be idiotic to let him walk, Jackson should definitely test the open market.