Two Remaining Free Agents Linked to the Eagles
In a recent ESPN + article, NFL experts gave the best fits for remaining free agents. Mark Barron and Jason Peters are the two names linked to the Eagles.
Fowler: Eagles. Barron doesn’t have elite speed but is still capable in coverage. The Eagles can add a situational linebacker to help with their third-down defense, and linebacker is an area in which Philly could add depth.
Mark Barron would make sense as the Eagles seem to always need depth at linebacker. Sure, they added two rookies in the draft, Shaun Bradley, and Davion Taylor, but Barron would bring veteran experience at the position. As of right now, the Eagles’ oldest linebackers are Nate Gerry and Alex Singleton who are 26.
Barron wouldn’t come in here and have to play a big role. As ESPN’s Chris Fowler said, Barron would be a situation linebacker. Even though Barron doesn’t fit the speed model that the Eagles seem to be going in, he still can play a role in pass coverage. This is something the Eagles have lacked at the linebacker position. If needed, Barron also has experience at safety.
Yates: Eagles. There seems to be some buzz surrounding a return to Philly for Peters, who will immediately take back over at the left tackle spot. Andre Dillard, a first-round pick in 2019, has plenty of promise, but his rookie season came with hurdles. Peters back to the Eagles adds up.
It just seems like a given that Jason Peters will be back for another year in Midnight Green. It doesn’t seem like the Eagles have much confidence in Andre Dillard entering his second year. Whether people want to say it or not, Jason Peters will continue to be an upgrade over a young tackle. It’s not that the Eagles don’t believe Andre Dillard will start, it’s the fact that he was brought in with a future Hall of Famer on their roster. Dillard will only continue to get better behind Jason Peters and a very talented offensive line room led by coach Jeff Stoutland. The worst-case scenario is that they bring back Jason Peters, he gets hurt, and Dillard has to come in anyways. I still have full faith in Dillard to step in when needed and so should everyone else. He has shown promise against some of the best defensive ends in the league.
Jason Peters would also bring back his veteran leadership to the locker room that will help with the loss of Malcolm Jenkins. I don’t see many negatives in bringing back Jason Peters, it will immediately be an upgraded to an already talented roster.
Nine-time Pro-Bowl OT Jason Peters, who turned 38 in January, has been working out to play this season and plans to play this season. He has spoken with the Eagles, but is keeping his options open: This is a video that Peters recently shot that he wants teams to see. pic.twitter.com/YnrWzZ44FD
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 8, 2020