By Michael Donovan
Memo to Eagles big boss Howie Boy Roseman:
The Eagles will have to pay a hefty price to re-sign DT Bennie Logan and will have other competitors for his services.
Rich Tandler of CSN Mid-Atlantic has Logan as his top target on the Redskins free agent radar:
“Logan is a load at 6-2, 309. The former third-round pick of the Eagles can play nose tackle in a 3-4 or tackle in a 4-3 so he would be good for whatever scheme the Redskins’ new defensive coordinator will run,” Tandler wrote. “He doesn’t have any impressive numbers to throw out there; Logan just eats up space in the middle.
“Although at age 27 he will be in demand, his contract should not get out of hand. This could be one of those free agent acquisitions that counts double as it would strengthen your team while weakening a division rival.”
Redskins starting nose tackle Ziggy Hood was ranked 118th out of 125 interior defenders by Pro Football Focus with a grade of 40.5 in 2016. Overall, the Redskins rush defense allowed 119.5 rushing yards per game (24th in NFL), 19 rush touchdowns (tied for 28th in NFL) and 4.5 yards per carry.
Logan would be an excellent fit to shore up Washington’s run game. If the Redskins plan to go after Logan, the Eagles have a major decision to make on his future.
The Eagles could make sure Logan doesn’t hit the free agent market by signing him to an extension or playing the franchise tag on him prior to the March 1 deadline. Either move would eliminate the Redskins chances of landing him on March 9.