There’s some good news (?) and some bad news when it comes to the Philadelphia Eagles’ upcoming free agent class.
The good news is that they’re not in danger of losing any key players to the open market!
The bad news is ... their roster is devoid of quality talent to lose.
Just look at the top league-wide free agent lists from NFL.com (101 players), Pro Football Talk (100 players), The Athletic (50 players), and ESPN (50 players). You won’t find any of the following impending free agents on them:
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 (restricted free agent but likely won’t be tendered)
TE Josh Perkins (restricted free agent but likely won’t be tendered)
Three Eagles players DID make Pro Football Focus’s top 205 free agents. NRC inexplicably checks in at No. 78 with Mills at No. 181 and then Dick Rod rounding out the list at No. 205. Scintillating stuff.
Ideally, the Eagles’ roster would be so loaded with talent that they wouldn’t even be able to afford to keep everyone under the salary cap. They’d have to let quality players walk and settle for receiving future compensatory picks.
Instead, the Eagles lack desirable talent. And it’s not like they have unlimited avenues to improve.
Another key takeaway from looking at these free agent lists is that there are a lot of quality players on the market! Unfortunately for the Eagles, though, they won’t be in a position to acquire any of them since they’re currently $43 million over the cap. Howie Roseman will likely have to resort to bargain-bin shopping.
The usual excitement that the new league year brings just isn’t the same given the Eagles’ situation this year.