The Philadelphia Eagles currently sit at 5-7 after a 3-0 start and barring some type of crazy miracle, they are eliminated from the playoffs. So, as much as that hurts me to type, it’s time to look ahead to the 2017 season and what the Eagles needs to make the playoffs next year.
The Eagles are young and there are many holes to be filled before they can actually be contenders. What happened in the first three games in 2016 was not a mirage, it was a young team that came out with a point to prove but injuries hit the team and their youth and inexperience started to show. If the Eagles can attack Free Agency like they did the first part of the season, they will be in great shape come 2017.
Here are 5 Free Agents the Eagles should target in 2017.
Alshon Jeffery (Bears)-WR
Who knows if the Bears will want to part with the WR they once considered their future. But, with the way things look in Chicago he may not want to be there any longer. It’s a constant QB cycle. They are now on their 3rd string and even with Jay Cutler behind center it was a mess. If Jeffery can get with Carson Wentz, the Eagles offense has a chance to be McNaab and Owens good. The team rode that duo all the way to the Super Bowl. Jeffery is young and will have time to grow with the QB and current core of players.
DeSean Jackson (Redskins)-WR
The Eagles are in need of a quality receiver to move the chains and make plays. But most importantly they need a player to help mold the young guys like Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor, and Doral Beckham-Green. And we can’t forget what his presence would do for the confidence and growth of Carson Wentz. Jackson is already familar with the city and the front office. His signing is a must.[embedit snippet=”2″]
Charles Johnson (Panthers)-DE
Johnson is still a premier pass rusher in this league and the Eagles should know how rare they are to find and to keep. The Panthers called Johnson’s bluff this year and let him taste the waters but he liked the direction of the team and decided to come back for a discounted price. But, the Panthers stunk it up this year and if Johnson thinks this is a sign of things to come he may look to bolt. The Eagles will be a perfect fit for the 30-year-old DE. He can play alongside Barwin due to Graham’s inability to get to the QB like the team thought he would.
Trumaine Johnson (Rams)-CB
The Eagles secondary needs help. They give up an average of 245 yards per game which is not bad but if they were to find a shutdown corner it will provide the front seven a better opportunity to get to the QB. Johnson is young and plenty of teams will be looking to add his services to their defense but the Eagles should make the secondary a strong area of concern.
Darrelle Revis (Jets)-CB (Not a FA but will be on the trade block)
Revis is not a Free Agent but it seems his time with the Jest is coming to an end. He admitted himself that his mind was not fully into it this season and it may have a lot to do with the Jest falling well below expectations this season. If the Eagles are serious about being in contention in 2017 they will see what the Jets are willing to take for one of the best DBs to ever play in the NFL.