Super Bowl LII – Philadelphia Eagles v New England Patriots
By Zack Rosenblatt | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Paul Worrilow’s tenure with the Eagles ended before it ever really had a chance to start. The linebacker signed as a free agent this off-season, expected to play a role on special teams and as a back-up linebacker.
Then, within the first hour of the Eagles’ first OTA practice, he tore his ACL. Wednesday, the Eagles placed him on injured reserve, officially ending his season.
The roster move also cleared a roster spot on the team’s 90-man roster, giving the Eagles the option of signing another player without needing to release anyone else.
The team has the cap space to sign someone impactful, too.
At the time the Eagles announced they’d be releasing linebacker Mychal Kendricks, the same day Worrilow was injured, they had less than $100,000 in cap space. In NFL salary terms, that’s peanuts.
It remained that way until June 1, when Kendricks’ contract finally came off the books. Now, the Eagles have enough cap room to make another signing (or two, or three) to help depth at positions of need.
Will they (finally) bring back Corey Graham (pictured)? Is Dez Bryant actually an option?
Here’s a look at nine free agents the Eagles could consider signing with more money to spend and a roster spot to spare.
First, a look at the cap situation.
- Total committed salaries: $191.77M
- Top-53 salaries: $162.5M
- Total cap space: $5.9M
Last team: Eagles
Why him: The Eagles have openly discussed Graham with the media, haven’t signed or drafted any safeties to replace him and he’s a well-respected veteran with the versatility to help out at cornerback too.
Why not: He’ll be 33 in July and if the Eagles really wanted him that badly, they probably would’ve already signed him.
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WR Dez Bryant
Last team: Cowboys
Why him: He was one of the five best receivers in the NFL from 2012-14, and while he’s certainly fallen off in the years since, the ability is still there and he would give the Eagles the most talented receivers room in the NFL.
Why not: He might be a little too expensive, he’s a big personality and the Eagles simply don’t need him with Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and Mike Wallace at receiver. Factoring in Zach Ertz, and Bryant would be fighting for touches. It’s not going to happen.
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