The Eagles have dealt with mediocrity at the safety position for years, but this offseason could present an opportunity to upgrade. Malcolm Jenkins could use help in the secondary, and while Nate Allen may be re-signed, the Eagles could clearly upgrade over him.
This offseason's free agency period features several options for Philadelphia. One of those options is former second round pick Rahim Moore, who has been part of the Denver Broncos defense for four years.
Moore was drafted in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Broncos. The former UCLA Bruin played in 15 games (seven starts) as a rookie and compiled 31 tackles, two pass breakups and an interception. In 2012, Moore played in all 16 games (15 starts) and produced 72 tackles, seven pass breakups and an interception.
In his third season, Moore started and played in 10 games, but suffered a major lower leg injury that kept him out of the rest of the season. Before the injury, Moore produced 44 tackles, six pass breakups and two interceptions. He responded to the rehab of his injury last season, as he played and started in all 16 games and had a career year. Moore collected 49 tackles, four interceptions and two forced fumbles.
Appeal to Eagles
If the Eagles view Moore as an upgrade, they should definitely investigate a signing. Moore is still young at only 24 but has plenty of experience. He has played in 57 games (48 starts) and has shown a proficiency to create turnovers with eight interceptions and two forced fumbles in four years. He is also 6-foot-1, which makes him the ideal size for Billy Davis and Chip Kelly.
Appeal to Moore
The young safety has always admired Brian Dawkins, so maybe he would want to play where his hero started his career. With John Fox leaving Denver, Moore has little reason to stay on a team that is likely to slowly get worse over the next few seasons with aging veterans and salary cap issues. Moore could find the incentive of more playing time and man coverage opportunities as a plus. Obviously, money will be a major point in his interest, but the Eagles should have plenty of cap space. Dawkins could perhaps serve as an influence on the move due to his relationship with the team and the player.
There's also the fact that Moore has experience with newly hired Eagles defensive backs Cory Undlin. Undlin joined Denver in 2012 before coming the defensive backs coach in 2013.