One of the busiest times in the offseason is about to begin. 2019 NFL free agency officially kicks off this week.
This is going to be an interesting time for the Philadelphia Eagles. Howie Roseman has a lot of big decisions to make in terms of which players to keep, sign, trade away, trade for, etc. The Eagles have a moderate amount of cap space to work with so they have the flexibility to make some moves. At the same time, they have to be wise about how they spend their resources because that cap space can be used up quick.
It feels like the Eagles are bound to show some restraint when it comes to free agency since they’re incentivized to play the compensatory pick game. But it also feels like Roseman is always ready to strike with a big splash that comes out of nowhere. It’s a fun time of year.
This comprehensive 2019 NFL free agency primer has you covered with everything you need to know regarding this year’s process.
Time and Dates
March 11 (noon ET) through March 13 - Three day window of negotiating, unofficial start of free agency: Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2018 Player Contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 13. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 13.
March 13 (4:00 PM ET) - Official start of free agency: The 2019 league year and free agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time. The first day of the 2019 league year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 13. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the league office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 13.
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How much cap space do the Eagles have?
Over The Cap currently projects Philadelphia to have $30.3 million in cap space. The Eagles actually have less than that because that figure doesn’t account for Brandon Graham’s new contract extension.
Who are the Eagles’ own free agents?
Nate Sudfeld (RFA)
Who should the Eagles re-sign?
Ronald Darby recently said the “Eagles really want me to stay where I’m at” so it sounds like he might actually be back.
It seems like Jordan Hicks and Jay Ajayi could return if their markets aren’t very strong and can be re-signed for relatively reasonable rates.
Golden Tate and Jordan Matthews will likely sign elsewhere.
The Eagles are expected to use the second-round tender on Nate Sudfeld, who is set to be a restricted free agent.
Which Eagles players could be cut/traded in order to save cap space?
Jason Peters is among eight players that stand out as cap casualty candidates. CLICK HERE to see the entire list.
What are the Eagles’ biggest positions of need?
The Eagles need immediate help at defensive tackle after declining to pick up Timmy Jernigan’s option for 2019. It’s possible Jernigan re-signs with Philly but if he doesn’t the Eagles will need to find someone to start next to Fletcher Cox.
Running back is another position in need of upgrading with Ajayi and Sproles set to be free agents.
Speed at wide receiver is an area the Eagles could look to address with Wallace leaving. Philly has been linked to a number of deep threat players through rumors and speculation.
The Eagles could look to add a third defensive back behind Malcolm Jenkins Rodney McLeod since the safety market is flooded with quality options.
Backup quarterback is another position to watch since the Eagles are reportedly expected to sign a veteran to compete with Sudfeld.
Which notable free agents are there at the Eagles’ positions of need?
Rotoworld has a great list of every NFL free agent ranked by their respective position group. Here’s a look at some of the options at Philadelphia’s biggest needs.
Interior Defensive Linemen
Ndamukong Suh (32)
Sheldon Richardson (28)
Darius Philon (25)
Malik Jackson (29)
Timmy Jernigan (26)
Henry Anderson (27)
Corey Liuget (29)
Christian Covington (25)
Malcom Brown (25)
Rodney Gunter (27)
Brent Urban (27)
Mike Pennel (27)
Mario Edwards (25)
Kerry Wynn (28)
Zach Kerr (28)
Ethan Westbrooks (28)
Tyeler Davison (26)
Angelo Blackson (26)
Jay Bromley (26)
Danny Shelton (25)
Tom Johnson (34)
Haloti Ngata (35)
Bennie Logan (29)
Caraun Reid (27)
Shamar Stephen (28)
Allen Bailey (30)
Le’Veon Bell (27)
Tevin Coleman (25)
Mark Ingram (29)
Jay Ajayi (25)
T.J. Yeldon (25)
Mike Davis (26)
C.J. Anderson (28)
Spencer Ware (27)
Marshawn Lynch (32)
Adrian Peterson (34)
Darren Sproles (35)
Latavius Murray (29)
Ty Montgomery (26)
Alfred Blue (27)
Bilal Powell (30)
Doug Martin (30)
Ameer Abdullah (25)
Javorius Allen (27)
Alfred Morris (30)
Rod Smith (27)
Frank Gore (35)
Karlos Williams (25)
Alex Collins (24)
Corey Grant (27)
Jacquizz Rodgers (29)
Zach Zenner (27)
LeGarrette Blount (32)
Brandon Bolden (30)
Benny Cunningham (28)
Jeremy Hill (26)
Cameron Artis-Payne (28)
Kenjon Barner (29)
Who do Eagles fans want in free agency?
Le’Veon Bell is one of the most coveted players in all of free agency. He fills a need for the Eagles and Philly is rumored to be interested ... but the price tag seems too high. Guys like Tevin Coleman or Mark Ingram might be more affordable. John Brown is a speed player who could make sense at receiver.
How does the 2019 NFL Draft factor into free agency plans?
This year’s draft class is said to be loaded with defensive line talent. The Eagles could look to pass on spending big money on free agent d-linemen with hopes of adding youth in the draft. The draft’s dearth of elite running back talent should have Philly looking to add at least one veteran addition through signing and/or trade.
As always, BGN will have full coverage of this year’s free agency period. Stay tuned to our site for every rumor, report, update, signing, trade, etc. The news will happen fast, so check back often. It should be a fun off-season for the Philadelphia Eagles. Let’s spend it together!