SECOND UPDATE: More details on the Eagles’ interest in Tyrann Mathieu. No in-person visit (yet, at least) unlike his time with the Saints but the Birds spoke with him. Does the Honey Badger really want to come to Philly or are the Eagles being used as leverage?
Sources: Free agent DB Tyrann Mathieu had a virtual visit with the #Eagles, as Philly has emerged as a prime location for one of the top free agents. The Honey Badger visited the #Saints this week, and now has done a zoom with Philly. His market is heating up.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 7, 2022
More word indicates that a Honey Badger signing is not imminent.
The Eagles held a virtual meeting with free agent safety Tyrann Mathieu, a league source confirms @RapSheet.— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) April 7, 2022
While a signing could happen, nothing's imminent from what I gather, as Eagles are still in information-gathering stage with free agent safeties.
FIRST UPDATE BELOW.
FIRST UPDATE: Here’s another report indicating the Eagles are interested in Honey Badger. Will they actually be able to land him?
Hearing the Eagles are interested in Tyrann Mathieu. Saints will have competition if they want him.— Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) April 7, 2022
ORIGINAL STORY BELOW.
They are hardly alone, however.
Schultz says the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, Las Vegas Raiders, and Miami Dolphins are also in the market for the Honey Badger. Schultz also indicates there are even more unnamed teams who could want to sign him.
So, that really narrows it down.
The sense here is the Eagles will not be landing Mathieu, who turns 30 in May.
The Birds certainly have a need for another starter at the position. Current safeties under contract include: Anthony Harris, Marcus Epps, K’Von Wallace, and Jared Mayden. The Eagles could pair Mathieu with Harris and drop Epps to a third safety role, which he might be more ideally suited for.
But are the Eagles really looking to invest significant resources on a short-term, aging defensive back? And even if they were interested in doing so, does the Honey Badger really want to come to Philly over other options?
Again, I wouldn’t hold my breath on this one.
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