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What to expect from the Eagles as NFL free agency begins

Everything you need to know about Philadelphia heading into the new league year.

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NFL free agency starts this week!

Admittedly, it doesn’t quite hold the same excitement that it normally does for Philadephia Eagles fans with the team expected to be less aggressive than usual. But, nonetheless, one of the busiest times in the offseason calendar is here.

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

When does the action start?

March 15 (12:00 PM Eastern) through March 17 (3:59 PM Eastern) - 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 2020 Player Contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 17. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 17.

March 17 (4:00 PM Eastern) - Official start of free agency: The 2021 league year and free agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time. The first day of the 2021 league year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 17. 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 17.

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How much cap space do the Eagles have?

As of this publish time, Over The Cap has the Eagles at about $18.1 million OVER the cap. They’ll have to get under the cap by the time the new league year starts.

Who are the Eagles’ own free agents?

OT Jason Peters

S Jalen Mills

QB Nate Sudfeld

CB Nickell Robey-Coleman

DE Vinny Curry

DT Hassan Ridgeway

TE Richard Rodgers

CB Cre’Von LeBlanc

LB Duke Riley

RB Corey Clement

S Rudy Ford

LB Nathan Gerry

P Cameron Johnston

TE Josh Perkins

Who should the Eagles re-sign?

Arguably none of them! Maybe Mills, assuming he’s affordable. The Eagles could bring back Dick Rod or Sudfeld as roster fillers on minimum deals. Johnston could be brought back to compete with Arryn Siposs for the punter job. Most of the guys should and will walk.

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

Zach Ertz, Marquise Goodwin, and Derek Barnett are among names to watch. The long expected Alshon Jeffery and Malik Jackson post-June 1 cuts will become official this week.

What are the Eagles’ biggest positions of need?

After going 4-11-1 last year, it’s clear the Eagles have holes all over the roster. There aren’t many positions to feel truly great about. Wide receiver, cornerback, safety, and linebacker especially need addressing.

Who are the Eagles going to sign?

We came up with a list of 38 free agents that have notable connections to Philly. From that list, here are some of the most intriguing targets:

QB Geno Smith (because it means they won’t be wasting significant money on a veteran)

RB Samaje Perine

WR John Ross

LB Anthony Walker Jr.

LB Eric Wilson

CB Gareon Conley

S Malik Hooker

Not exactly the most thrilling list. But the Eagles’ cap situation means they’re going to have to target some “buy low” guys.

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. Check back often.