As exciting and as much of a roller coaster ride the regular season is, to me the off-season becomes just as exciting. In the case of the Philadelphia Eagles, this is going to be an off-season that have most fans invested heavily in like never before. Why? – You might be asking yourself.
Philly is set to enter 2022 with 3 first-round draft picks and about 23 million in cap space. With that type of assets, this team could very easily bolster their roster to become a contender again. As bleak as last off-season looked and overall how the season went this year, I would call this 2021 campaign a success.
With that being said, the Eagles are not going to realistically be able to fill all of their holes in their roster with just the draft, but this year’s free-agent market is looking great and is loaded with solid and affordable talent. Let’s take a look at some players the Eagles’ should keep an eye on.
We are going to use this list as more of a realistic projection, not a shopping list, so here is what I came up with.
1 D.J Chark-WR-Current Team: Jaguars
D.J Chark is the big body receiver the Eagles have been missing since the departure of Alshon Jeffrey. At 6’4 and weighing 200 pounds, Chark has cleared a solid path so far for himself Jacksonville’s roster. He has break out years in 2019 and 2020, hauling in 126 receptions for 1714 yards and 13 touchdowns.
As appealing as his play is, he does have some draw backs. The biggest one is the concern of his health. In his 4 total years playing he has missed 9 total games, including the entirety of the 2021 season. However, because of his issue with health, he could be a cheap addition to help bolster the Eagles’ offense.
Not to mention, Chark has already been linked to the Eagles.
2. Al-Quadin Muhammad-EDGE-Current Team: Colts
This former 6th round pick will be coming off of his 4 year stint with the Colts after being originally drafted to the Saints. Muhammad is a young player with sizable talent who has shown with increased responsibilities comes with increased playing ability.
He started 73.4% of defensive snaps for Indy and recorded 48 total tackles, 13 QB hits, 7 tackles for a loss, and 6 sacks. As of now he has not proven to be a starting caliber rusher, but he would be an amazing depth piece for Philly.
3. Marcus Williams-SAFETY-Current Team: Saints
The Saints heading into 2022 are, for a lack of a better word, in cap hell. In the after math of New Orleans money problems, they are not going to be able to retain a lot of their star talent, including safety Marcus Williams. Since entering the league, Williams has been a top 10 safety.
There is solid free-agent safeties who may not cost as much as Williams, but if Roseman can get a deal done he should. Acquiring Williams would lock up the future of that safety position for a long time.
4. De’Vondre Campbell-LB-Current Team: Packers
Though being PFF’s ranked 2nd overall linebacker for the 2021 season, the Packers are more than likely not going to be able to retain their star players because of cap issues. DeVondre Campbell has had an odd career, he was named All-Pro back in 2021, but has not made a Pro Bowl in his career.
In his 2021 campaign he registered 146 total tackles, 6 tackles for a loss, 5 pass deflections, 2 forced fumbles, 2 sacks, and 2 interceptions. His age is an object working against him (29), but he would be an instant bolster to the Birds’ linebacker core.
5. Solomon Thomas-DT-Current Team: Raiders
I am not sure what the Las Vegas Raiders will do with Solomon Thomas, but if a deal does get accomplished, he should peak the Eagles’ interest. The former 49ers first round pick has not lived up to the hype and ultimately was let go after his rookie contract expired.
He has done some good things in Vegas, but if he hits the open market, he would an excellent rotational piece for Philly. Between Hargrave playing at a high level and Milton Williams coming into his own, the interior defensive line could be fierce with Thomas.
6. Mike Williams-WR-Current Team: Chargers
Okay, So I lied a little bit about the realistic part, I just think Mike Williams would be a great fit in Philly.
The Chargers and Williams tried to get a deal done before the season began, but ultimately could not agree. Post their exit off this season, it would seem that a deal will not be done and Williams will be able to hit the open market.
Mike Williams would be a prize signing for Howie and the Eagles and would instantly open their offense open to so much potential, regardless of the quarterback.