Former Eagles head coach Chip Kelly got ripped a lot for his "Oregon Bias." While he certainly rostered a lot of Ducks during his tenure, it's really not all that uncommon for head coaches to be attracted to familiarity. Andy Reid took a number of former Eagles players with him to Kansas City, for example. Now current head coach Doug Pederson might have the opportunity to steal some players away from the Chiefs. Kansas City has a number of players set to be free agents this offseason. Here's a look at some players the Eagles could have interest in.
This is the obvious name that's already been talked about ad nauseam. Despite spending his entire career as a backup, Pederson reportedly believes Daniel can be a starter in the NFL. Here's what we originally wrote about Daniel shortly after Pederson was hired.
Assuming Bradford is gone, the Eagles are going to need a new veteran. And wouldn't it be funny if Doug Pederson signed his own version of Doug Pederson? That player would be none other than current Chiefs backup quarterback Chase Daniel. The 29-year-old Daniel is scheduled to be a free agent after the season. Pederson could sell Daniel on the idea of getting a chance to be the starter in Philadelphia.
Don't get me wrong: I'm not saying Daniel is likely the Eagles' next franchise quarterback. Through six NFL seasons, he's only started two games. He's completed 64.9% of his passes for 464 yards, one touchdown, one interception, and a 80.2 rating. The appeal is that he's an inexpensive placeholder who is familiar with Pederson's offense. In the best case scenario, he wins the Eagles' quarterback job and proves to be good starter. In the most realistic scenario, he starts some games and allows the team to groom a young quarterback behind him, similar to how Pederson started over Donovan McNabb in 1999.
Pederson recently reiterated that he thinks Daniel is ready to be a starter.
Daniel wouldn't cost a lot of money. Brian Hoyer signed with the Texans last season for two years, $10.5 million with almost $5 million guaranteed. My rough guess for Daniel would be two years for $12 million with $6 million guaranteed. So essentially it would be a one year deal.
The Eagles are reportedly interested in the high-end free agent safety market. Berry would certainly qualify as one of those players, but it's very unlikely he makes it to the open market. The Chiefs can (and probably will) use the franchise tag on him assuming they don't work out a long-term deal first.
Tyvon Branch or Husain Abdullah
The Eagles are potentially going to need a safety and these two free agent safeties are more realistic options than Berry.
The 29-year-old Branch signed with the Chiefs last offseason. In 435 snaps played, he had 33 tackles, one sack, one interception, and four passes defensed. Branch started 67 games in seven years with the Raiders prior to joining Kansas City.
Abdullah started three games for the Chiefs last season. He finished with 22 tackles and one pass defensed in 443 snaps played. The 30-year-old has started 45 games in his seven year career.
Either Branch of Abdullah could work as a short-term answer at the safety position while the Eagles take a defensive back in the 2016 NFL Draft to groom behind them. Neither player will break the bank.
Allen is another player we already wrote about earlier this offseason. The Eagles are in serious need of help along the offensive line.
Kansas City's starting left guard is set to be a free agent and the Eagles need two new starting guards. Adding at least one through free agency would be wise and Allen is an obvious fit for Pederson's scheme. Allen ranked as the 19th best guard by Pro Football Focus in 2015. The 26-year-old lineman has started a few games at both left tackle and right tackle, so he also has some versatility.
Allen's price tag won't be cheap but the Eagles should be able to afford him if they want him.
This name sounds awfully familiar. Oh, yeah, the guy who can actually catch passes and not drop them all the time! The Eagles could use one of those players. Avant looked pretty washed up when the Eagles decided to cut him after the 2013 season. The Birds were definitely right to move on from him. The Eagles should still be striving for better options than Avant, but it might actually make some sense for Philadelphia to bring him back. The free agent wide receiver market is very thin, the Eagles need some depth, and Avant could be an inexpensive #veteranpresence. Maybe he can show the young guys how to catch the damn ball.
The Eagles reportedly had some interest in Smith during the 2013 offseason. He ended up signing with the Chiefs and he's been a good starter for them. He'll probably command a lot of money on the market. The Eagles already invested big money into cornerback last offseason by signing Byron Maxwell. I think they'll pass on Smith, especially with Eric Rowe in the fold.