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Everything you need to know about the Eagles heading into free agency.

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After some speculation that it wouldn’t start on time, one of the busiest periods during the offseason calendar has arrived. That’s right, folks, the start of free agency is finally here.

It’s going to be a very interesting week for the entire NFL landscape. Of course, we’ll be most interested with what happens with 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 considerable amount of cap space to work with so they have the room to be aggressive. Unlike the past two years, Roseman won’t be angling to acquire compensatory draft picks. The Eagles have too many roster holes to fill to sit out free agency.

This comprehensive 2020 NFL free agency primer has you covered with everything you need to know regarding this year’s process.

When does the action start?

March 16 (12:00 PM Eastern) through March 18 - 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 2019 Player Contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 18. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 18.

March 18 (4:00 PM Eastern) - Official start of free agency: The 2020 league year and free agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time. The first day of the 2020 league year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 18. 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 18.

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How much cap space do the Eagles have?

Over The Cap currently projects Philadelphia to have just over $40 million in cap space. That figure ranks 17th most out of 32 teams.

Who are the Eagles’ own free agents?

CB Ronald Darby

CB Jalen Mills

LT Jason Peters

S Rodney McLeod

WR Nelson Agholor

DE Vinny Curry

RB Jordan Howard

OT Halapoulivaati Vaitai

LB Kamu Grugier-Hill

QB Nate Sudfeld

QB Josh McCown

DT Timmy Jernigan

RB Darren Sproles

TE Richard Rodgers

DT Hassan Ridgeway

RB Corey Clement (RFA)

CB Craig James (ERFA)

Who should the Eagles re-sign?

There really isn’t a player the Eagles absolutely MUST retain. Mills and Howard could be among the likeliest players to return. The Eagles announced they’re letting Peters hit the market but they didn’t entirely rule out bringing him back. Vaitai is expected to get starting money from another team.

Which Eagles players could be cut/traded in order to save cap space?

There are several players the Eagles can consider moving on from to open up more cap room — CLICK HERE for a more comprehensive breakdown.

What are the Eagles’ biggest positions of need?

The Eagles most desperately need at add talent at cornerback and wide receiver.

If Darby and Mills aren’t retained, the Eagles will be looking at two new starting cornerbacks in 2020.

The Eagles figure to have at least two new starting receivers in 2020 with Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor expected to be gone.

Linebacker and safety are also two positions the Eagles will need to address in some form.

The Eagles have a void at middle linebacker after cutting Nigel Bradham.

The safety picture is fluid with Malcolm Jenkins demanding a raise and McLeod set to be a free agent.

There are other positions where the Eagles need to add depth. Finding a backup quarterback behind Carson Wentz is on the checklist.

Which notable free agents are there at the Eagles’ positions of need?

Establish The Run 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.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Amari Cooper (25)
A.J. Green (31)
Robby Anderson (26)
Emmanuel Sanders (33)
Breshad Perriman (26)
Devin Funchess (25)
Randall Cobb (29)
Paul Richardson (28)
Phillip Dorsett (27)
Rashard Higgins (25)
Demarcus Robinson (25)
Ted Ginn (34)
Tajae Sharpe (25)
Damiere Byrd (27)
Taylor Gabriel (29)
Travis Benjamin (30)
Demaryius Thomas (32)
Geronimo Allison (26)
Marcus Johnson (25)
Corey Coleman (25)

CORNERBACK

Byron Jones (27)
Chris Harris (30)
James Bradberry (26)
Jimmy Smith (31)
Logan Ryan (29)
Eli Apple (24)
Trae Waynes (27)
Kendall Fuller (25)
Mackensie Alexander (26)
Kevin Johnson (27)
Aqib Talib (34)
Darqueze Dennard (28)
Brian Poole (27)
Johnathan Joseph (35)
Daryl Worley (25)
Ross Cockrell (28)
Vernon Hargreaves (24)
Rashaan Melvin (30)
Bashaud Breeland (28)
Anthony Brown (26)
P.J. Williams (26)
Xavier Rhodes (29)
Prince Amukamara (30)
T.J. Carrie (29)

Who do Eagles fans want in free agency?

Byron Jones is the free agent most frequently connected to the Eagles. There’s debate if he’s worth his potential price tag ... and we made the case that he is. Breshad Perriman is another popular name at wide receiver.

Here’s a list of more realistic free agent targets for the Eagles.

How does the 2020 NFL Draft factor into free agency plans?

This year’s draft class is loaded with wide receiver talent. The Eagles still need to add a receiver or two in free agency ... but the team knows they’ll be able to supplement that position in the draft. The thinking here is the Eagles will spend more money at corner in free agency while focusing their first and/or second-round picks on receivers.

Anything else?

As always, BGN will have the best possible 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 Eagles. Let’s spend it together!