The 2019 NFL offseason is a big one for the Philadelphia Eagles who are looking to continue their postseason success for a third straight year. With a lot of guys expected to depart elsewhere, the team could look like a revolving door the next few months as players will be both coming in and out.
It’s crucial that Howie and company replace the key players they are set to lose to Free Agency. With limited spending money and multiple holes to fill, it may be difficult even for Roseman’s standards. Below are five free agents that I think could fit in nicely with the Eagles going into the 2019 season and beyond.
Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah U/R EDGE (PFF 2018 Ranking)
2018 – 4 sacks 7 QB hits (7 games played)
Although Ansah will likely be more pricey than what the Eagles could ideally afford right now, his fit and connection with the team is too great to not mention him as at least a possibility.
Drafted by Detroit in 2013, Ansah has close ties to the Eagles current Defensive Coordinator. Jim Schwartz, who was the Lions Head Coach from 2009-2013. With the Eagles preparing to lose a decent amount of their depth on the defensive line, Ansah who is coming off an injury riddled 2018 season, may be worth a gamble. The 29yr old has racked up 48 career sacks during his 6yrs in the league.
Projected Contract – 4yr/$50mil
Tyrell Williams #67 WR (PFF 2018 Ranking)
2018 – 41 receptions 653 yards 5 touchdowns
Williams has been a rather consistent weapon in the Chargers offense since he entered the league. Outside of his rookie season in 2015, the 26yr old averages just over 800 receiving yards a season for his career while also finding the end zone at a healthy rate with 17 career touchdowns.
If you recall, before the Golden Tate trade, the Eagles were struggling mightily at the WR spot. With Tate maybe being too expensive for Philadelphia’s liking, Williams serves as a very good backup plan and also presents more youth and upside.
Projected Contract – 3yrs/$25mil
Tevin Coleman #47 RB (PFF 2018 Ranking)
2018 – 1,076 all purpose yards 9 total touchdowns
Coleman looks to fit the part in a Doug Pederson offense that utilizes multipurpose backs. Playing second fiddle to Devonta Freeman for his entire career, Coleman is about ready to take over as a premier all down back, something the Eagles haven’t had since LeSean McCoy departed a few seasons ago.
The Eagles may bring Jay Ajayi back on a cheap deal with his ACL tear and also have viable options in Clement, Smallwood and Adams. Adding Coleman though may elevate their running game, that struggled mightily last season, back to the state it was in when they won the Super Bowl.
Projected Contract – 4yr/$30mil
Dante Fowler Jr. #49 EDGE (PFF 2018 Ranking)
2018 – 4 sacks 9 QB hits
Selected #3 overall in the 2015 Draft by Jacksonville, there were high expectations for this speedy EDGE rusher out of Florida. With an untimely rookie year injury mixed in with a lack of opportunity, Fowler Jr. was shipped to Los Angeles this past season where he is showing flashes of the talent that got him drafted so high.
Now playing in Super Bowl 53, Fowler seems to have found himself after the Jaguars seemingly gave up on him. At only 24yrs old, he could serve as a good long term fit playing opposite of Derek Barnett for the foreseeable future.
Projected Contract – 2yr/$17mil
John Brown #70 WR (PFF 2018 Ranking)
2018 – 42 receptions 715 yards 5 touchdowns
Coming onto the scene in 2014 as a Division 2 standout, Brown made a name for himself playing along side of Larry Fitzgerald in Arizona. He was one of the main targets in a Baltimore passing game this past season that ranked near the bottom of the league due to inconsistent play at QB position.
Despite the lack of a premier talent at Quarterback, Brown still produced at a high rate. With his speed and big play ability, this 28yr old could give Philadelphia the production they expected out of Mike Wallace before he went down with a season ending injury last year.
Projected Contract – 2yr/$13mil
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Jordan is the founder of Sports Are Philly and a graduate of Misericordia University.
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