It's going to be okay...
The Eagles released long-time offensive lineman Todd Herremans on Thursday. While the fanbase is likely (and rightfully) sad about the loss of the team's longest tenured offensive player, the move probably had to be made. Cutting Herremans saved the team $2.8 million in cap space, which will assist them in signing free agents and giving extensions to younger, more talented players.
Having said all of that, the Eagles clearly need a right guard. Andrew Gardner, Matt Tobin and Allen Barbre have all shown flashes when starting, but have led to largely uninspiring results. The obvious solution is to have the three compete for the job in training camp, but there may be better options in free agency and the draft.
Below are 10 potential additions that could fill in for Herremans moving forward:
Mike Iupati, 5 Seasons, San Francisco 49ers
Iupati is the big name in free agency and likely the most expensive lineman to hit the market. While he isn't as fast as the Eagles prefer their linemen to be, there is no way to doubt his talent. If the Eagles are willing to spend big, he could be their guy.
Clint Boling, 4 Seasons, Cincinnati Bengals
While he is more likely to re-sign with the Bengals, the Eagles may be able to lure Boling away. If he hits the market, he will be one of the top lineman and could be looking to cash in. He would fit nicely on the right side of the line.
Orlando Franklin, 4 Seasons, Denver Broncos
Franklin is perhaps the most athletic name on this list. While the Broncos deal with cap issues, Franklin could come loose and sign elsewhere. He is a name to watch.
Gabe Carimi, 4 Seasons, Atlanta Falcons
This would be the journeyman option for the Eagles. Carimi has had a rough career since he was taken in the first round by Bears in 2011. He has bounced around a bit but has seemingly improved his game. I think he has the Evan Mathis appeal as an athletic lineman with versatility who just needs the right offense.
Stefen Wisniewski, 4 Seasons, Oakland Raiders
You're probably saying, "Wait, he's a center." Good job, you pay attention to the Raiders. Anyway, Wisniewski is a talented lineman who can play center AND guard. He's a local kid who could do well with the Eagles, especially because of his versatility. He could slide over to center if Kelce were to get injured again.
Brandon Scherff, OT/OG, Iowa
Scherff is likely a pipe dream but he's the ideal guy on this list. He has a fast break off the line and would be dynamite in the screen game. That said, he is likely to go Top 15.
Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon
The Oregon connection is strong here, although the opinions on him vary. I tend to think he is more of a Day 2 guy, while others think he's a first round pick. Either way, I think he is a realistic possibility for the Eagles.
Sean Hickey, OG/OT, Syracuse
I have connected these dots for a while and think he is the most comparable player to Herremans of these 10 names. Hickey played tackle at Syracuse, but as he stated on BGN Radio, he is likely to move to guard at the next level. The Eagles spoke with him at the Combine.
Ben Beckwith. OG, Mississippi State
A personal favorite who was also recently on BGN Radio, Beckwith was an All-SEC selection with impressive athleticism. He will likely go in the sixth or seventh round, which would be a strong add for a team who may trade a lot of picks to move up to get Marcus Mariota.
Ali Marpet, OG, Hobart
The offensive line story of the draft has been Marpet's rise from D3 obscurity to Day 2 potential. He was the only offensive lineman to run under five seconds during the forty-yard dash at the Combine.