The Eagles are in a tricky salary cap situation as free agency approaches, so don’t expect them to make any big splashes.
With that in mind, for this series we’ll look at some cheaper options as the Eagles try to fill out their first roster under Nick Sirianni. Free agency begins on March 17 and the legal tampering window opens March 15.
Today we’ll look at safeties.
Rodney McLeod is under contract for 2021 but he’s still rehabbing a torn ACL and Jalen Mills is set to become a free agent. The Eagles also have young players like K’Von Wallace, Marcus Epps and Grayland Arnold under contract. But they might be looking for more.
Hooker is a former first-round pick who played in just two games last season before tearing his Achilles. Even before then, the Colts declined his fifth-year option so now Hooker will become a free agent and might be looking for a prove-it deal on the open market. The 24-year-old has plenty of familiarity with Eagles DC Jonathan Gannon, who coached him in Indy.
Jenkins just turned 27 and the former 4th-round pick from Miami became a starter for the Chargers the last two years, starting 31 games with 5 interceptions and 92 solo tackles. The Chargers might try to hold on to Jenkins but if not, the Eagles could be appealing. Eagles OC Shane Steichen and head coach Nick Sirianni both have familiarity with Jenkins, who has come into his own in recent seasons but still likely wouldn’t break the bank.
With the Jets, Farley became a special teams captain but didn’t play much on defense but he has played on defense before. And there are connections here to Gannon from his Farley’s time in Indy and to DBs coach Dennard Wilson, who had been with the Jets. Farley is 28 and wouldn’t be expensive and having an experienced backup/special teams ace could make sense.
The 27-year-old is a former 5th-round pick out of San Diego State and just finished out his rookie contract. But Kazee played in just four games in 2020 before tearing his Achilles. Like Hooker, that’s a reason why the price tag on Kazee might be affordable. That’s not to say the Eagles should load up on injured players to save money but it’s not like they’d sign Hooker and Kazee. A few low-cost, high-reward players makes sense for the Eagles in 2021 and maybe Kazee could be one of them.
The 26-year-old spent the first four years of his career with the Cowboys before joining the Dolphins last season. He played in 15 games but was mostly a special teams contributor. He played 304 special teams snaps last year and was a special teams captain. If the Eagles want to revamp their special teams units, they could bring in a top player or two.
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