The Eagles have around $44 million to spend this offseason and there are already some early rumors that they could be big players in the cornerback market.
According to Tony Pauline of the Pro Football Network, the Eagles want to address the cornerback position in Free Agency. “Word here in Mobile is that the Philadelphia Eagles will go hard after a cornerback in free agency. Chris Harris Jr. and Byron Jones are two of the names being thrown around, but I expect the Eagles to turn over every rock in free agency in an attempt to fill the position”.
With starting cornerbacks Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby entering the offseason as free agents, it looks like the Eagles are going to be moving on. What better way to do that than by signing one of the best CBs in the league and simultaneously damaging your NFC East rival at the same time.
The 27-year-old 6’1 200 pound cornerback has great size for the position and will be one of the top tier free agents this off-season. The Cowboys can’t re-sign Byron Jones long-term, as they still have to sign wide receiver Amari Cooper and extend their franchise quarterback, Dak Prescott. Jones makes sense for the Eagles. They won’t have to wait for Bryon Jones to develop or recover from injury. Registering 43 pass deflections in 73 starts with the Cowboys over the last five seasons, Jones doesn’t have the stats of a “shutdown corner”. However, Jones makes up for this by hardly giving up any big plays–something that has killed Eagles corners in recent memory. In my opinion, Jones would be a massive upgrade over Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby. One thing to keep in mind –how lucky have the Eagles been with “stealing” Cowboys players?
Not so well.
Chris Harris Jr.
The Eagles have been heavily linked to Chris Harris Jr. at the trade deadline each of the past two seasons. It is no surprise that they are interested in Harris when they don’t have to give up anything for him. However, with Howie Roseman stating that the Eagles need to go younger, it wouldn’t make sense to sign a 30-year-old cornerback. The 5’10”, 199 pound corner has played 139 games over nine seasons. Harris would bring versatility, as he can play nickel and outside, and credentials as a proven player. This signing wouldn’t make much sense, and I would only do it at a reasonable number.
It’s Time For The Eagles To Get A True #1 Cornerback
The last true #1 corner the Eagles had was Asante Samuel in 2011. This is a position that has killed them and now is the time to solve the problem. Many people remember and dread the Byron Maxwelll signing. It is time to move on and remember that Chip Kelly was in charge during that time. Howie Roseman is financially smart enough to draw the line in regards to overplaying players. The Eagles need a franchise talent at the cornerback position and they need to find one now, whether that be through the draft or through free agency.