By Peter Brennan
NFL free agent signing season doesn’t start until March 16, but there are signs that the Eagles are going to make a splash and not a ripple.
At least that’s what Tim McManus of ESPN is reporting.
The Eagles had the 19th-ranked pass defense in the NFL, so the secondary needs help, especially considering the Eagles ended 2019 with Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby as their starting cornerbacks.
Both Mills and Darby are slated to become free agents, and even though Mills could be re-signed, the Eagles could still choose to add a notable name in free agency.
Of the options they’ll have, Byron Jones (above) and Chris Harris Jr. are two names that McManus listed. Both Jones and Harris could test the open market if their respective teams aren’t able to hash out extensions.
For Jones, he’s likely played his final down for the Dallas Cowboys already. Aside from Jones, the Cowboys have to make decisions on Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, Sean Lee, and Robert Quinn. Thus, making it possible that he heads elsewhere in 2020.
On the other hand, Harris could move on from the Denver Broncos after spending nine seasons with the organization. Last year, the Broncos gave Harris a raise in the final year of his contract. However, it remains to be seen if he’s interested in returning to the Broncos next season.
Without a doubt, the Eagles could use some help in the secondary in 2020. Luckily for them, they’ll have an assortment of options and a general manager in Howie Roseman who isn’t afraid to pull the trigger.