The Eagles secondary has been a topic of conversation for the past two seasons and not for good reason. Lacking consistency and a true lock-down defensive back, Philadelphia usually finds themselves getting toasted by opposing wide receivers on the outside.
It’s essential for the team to make the right changes as far as personnel goes in this secondary and they’ll have plenty of different avenues to do so.
What Will Be Left?
As far as who will be back from last season, it’s tough to say with Philadelphia. The team will likely have to choose between their two standout safeties, Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod. Jenkins has been adamant about getting a pay bump and McLeod is no longer under contract.
You can also expect to see Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby with new teams next season, both being unrestricted free agents after some shaky seasons all together.
Notable Players that Remain:
CB Avonte Maddox
CB Sidney Jones
CB Cre’Von LeBlanc
CB Rasul Douglas
Free Agency Options
CB Byron Jones has been the most popular free agent linked to the Eagles thus far and rightfully so. He’s a top of the line player at a position of need for Philadelphia.
— Cody Benjamin (@CodyJBenjamin) February 18, 2020
Spending his first five seasons as a rival in Dallas, Jones has been a vocal point in a Cowboys defense that usually ranks among the best statistically year to year.
James Bradberry is another name to watch out for as well. Just 26yrs old, the Panthers CB has been quite productive thus far in his NFL career. His 37 passes defended since 2017 is 8th most in the league during that span.
Other options include:
CB Chris Harris
S Vonn Bell
CB Logan Ryan
S Jimmie Ward
Although most fans expect the Eagles to address their receiving corps in the 1st round of the draft, prospects like Kristian Fulton and CJ Henderson could be on the Eagles radar. Both defensive backs have been battle tested in the SEC for the past few seasons and have CB1 potential down the road.
Other options include:
CB Jeff Gladney, TCU
S Antonio McKinney, Alabama
S Grant Delpit, LSU
CB Bryce Hall, Virginia
CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama
CB Damon Arnette, Ohio State
Lions standout corner, Darius Slay, has been the topic of discussion early into the off-season thus far. Rumors suggest that Detroit is willing to move the 3x Pro-Bowl CB for a high draft pick this off-season.
Lions have spoken with multiple teams about a potential trade for Pro Bowl CB Darius Slay, per sources. Any team that trades for Slay would have to compensate Detroit and Slay with a new deal. Other teams believe Slay will be traded this off-season, but Lions adamant on value.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 17, 2020
The Eagles with their struggles in the secondary are obvious suitors and have been linked to Slay quite often. A trade package for the Pro-Bowl CB would likely include the Eagles 2020 2nd round draft choice at the very minimum.
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