NFL Free agency is just over a month away, and after an interesting week at the Senior Bowl, it’s now time for Eagles GM Howie Roseman to start his due diligence on league veterans and NFL free agency.
Philadelphia is slated to have almost $25 million in available cap space — before any trades, releases, or restructures — and several roster spots to address from the standpoint of an upgrade.
We’re predicting whether 9 Eagles’ unrestricted free agents will be back with the team or departing in free agency.
A stop-gap safety in the rebuilding process for the Eagles, Harris eventually ceded snaps to Marcus Epps and the Birds would be best drafting a versatile safety.
A rugged defensive end that is a more physical presence than true stat producer, Barnett hasn’t lived up to his first-round selection in 2017.
Barnett has been known more for his penchant for costly penalties than his sacks, but he did lead the Eagles’ defensive ends in snaps played this season. Barnett’s a solid player, but his replacement can be found in the draft.
It shouldn’t be an outlandish deal, but Nelson was solid in 2022 and could be that veteran presence that allows a rookie draft in the first or second round to patiently blend into that role opposite Darius Slay.
Signed to a one-year deal, Kerrigan is simply out of gas and went weeks without registering a stat.
A veteran safety that’s now 32, McLeod is the consummate leader and Howie Roseman will think long and hard about bringing him back.
Everyone eventually moves on and with Marcus Epps solidly entrenched and the Eagles likely to draft a safety, McLeod can go initially and potentially return on a deal closer to training camp if he doesn’t land a contract on the open market.
Ridgeway is serviceable, but he may not be a starting-caliber defensive tackle and Philadelphia could find a better pass-rushing defensive tackle in the draft.
Howard is a solid running back and one of the biggest reasons for the Eagles’ late-season run to the playoffs. His return would stunt Kenneth Gainwell’s growth and take snaps away from the dual-threat running back. If Philadelphia allows Boston Scott to move on then it’s a possibility, but the Eagles can find a running back in the draft or free agency.
Croom looks the part but didn’t see any game action this season after suffering an injury.
Acquired from the Browns on the premise that he could add to the Eagles pass rush, Avery struggles in coverage, isn’t your typical run-stopping linebacker, and was just average as a pass rusher as well.