NFL free agency starts less than one month from today at 4:00 PM EST on March 10 while the "legal tampering" period begins three days earlier on March 7. Unrestricted free agents will be set to sign with any team that offers them a deal. The Eagles have 10 players of their own who are scheduled to be free agents.
According to a recent poll, 79% of Eagles fans thing cornerback is the team's biggest need. This doesn't come as a surprise given how Philadelphia's secondary crumbled down the stretch. Not to mention that Cary Williams could be a cap casualty and Bradley Fletcher will be a free agent.
So with this in mind, today's question is: which player do the Eagles NEED to sign in free agency? Who should their No. 1 target be?
Byron Maxwell, CB, Seattle Seahawks
Maxwell's name is the first that comes to mind. First of all, it seems like there's a pretty decent chance he'll hit the market considering Seahawks players such as Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner are due for contract extensions. Maxwell will be 27 by the start of free agency. His 6-1, 207 pound size fits what the Eagles like out of their cornerbacks. Even better, he has very long arms at 33.5 inches. Maxwell would give the Eagles a reliable starter. Unlike Nnamdi Asomugha with the Raiders, Maxwell was targeted often because he was playing opposite of Richard Sherman.
Other free agent CB: Darrelle Revis, Tramon Williams, Antonio Cromartie, Brandon Flowers, Chris Culliver, Perrish Cox, Brandon Flowers, Kareem Jackson
Devin McCourty, S, New England Patriots
The Super Bowl XLIX champion safety might not make it to free agency depending on what the Patriots decide to do. If he does, the Eagles could look to pair the converted cornerback with fellow cornerback-turned-safety Malcolm Jenkins. The 27-year-old McCourty has recorded 17 interceptions and seven forced fumbles in 77 career starts with the Patriots.
Other free agent S: Rahim Moore, Da’Norris Searcy, Antrel Rolle, Stevie Brown, Nate Allen
Jason Worilds, OLB, Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers could potentially tag Worilds just like they did last offseason. If they don't, however, expect the Eagles to have interest. Worilds was reportedly a "primary target" for the Eagles last offseason. Adam Caplan later noted that Worilds would have signed with the Eagles had he not been tagged. The 6-2, 262 pound Worilds turns 27 in March. In five seasons with Pittsburgh he's played in 73 games while starting 37. He's put up 25.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, six passes defensed, one interception, and 129 total tackles in that time. If the Eagles don't bring back Trent Cole (cap casualty) or Brandon Graham (free agent), they're absolutely going to need to sign a starting OLB.
Other free agent 3-4 OLB: Pernell McPhee, Brooks Reed, Brian Orakpo, Jerry Hughes
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
As noted earier, the Eagles will have some of their own players to make decisions on. The Eagles prevented Maclin from entering free agency last year by signing him to a one-year deal. Maclin bet on himself and it paid off in a big way. He had a career season in 2014 and is now headed for a major pay day. The Eagles don't have much at wide receiver if they don't re-sign him. Maclin is on the record as saying he wants to stay in Philadelphia, but will the Birds show him the money?
Other free agent WR: Demaryius Thomas, Michael Crabtree, Dez Bryant, Randall Cobb, Torrey Smith, Cecil Shorts
Brandon Graham, OLB, Philadelphia Eagles
The former first round pick is reportedly seeking a deal worth $30 million over four years. It's not clear if the Eagles will have interest in keeping Graham at that price, but losing him would certainly be a hit to their pass rush. Even if the Eagles show interest in Graham, he might just decide to wait until free agency starts to take the best offer he can get on the open market.
So, BGN Universe, which players do you most want the Eagles to sign?