Every player that becomes available on the waiver wire is seemingly always connected to the Eagles. Whether that be from legitimate reports or from an eccentric Eagles Twitter member, whichever player is available is an Eagles target.
It’s easy to get caught up in the “brand name” players that become available and imagine them on the Eagles. From Le’Veon Bell a few years ago to Yannick Ngakoue this year, Eagles fans had jerseys photoshopped on them within the minute they were available.
But at some point, the Eagles will make a splash for a player that will get fans excited. This year it was Darius Slay, Javon Hargrave, and Nickell Robey-Coleman.
In Slay’s case, fans were watching him the past few years envisioning him on the Eagles. Hargrave and NRC were more of a surprise, but definitely welcomed additions.
This got me thinking: what players on other teams are future Eagles?
I asked on Twitter and let’s take a look at the answers.
The Long Shots
I said to give me realistic players, people!
Deebo Samuel. Can you imagine him as the gadget guy with Reagor and Hightower stretching the field?!
— Mark Livshits (@mark_livshits) September 1, 2020
Three years until he’s available, if he doesn’t sign an extension beforehand. The perfect player for Kyle Shanahan’s offense. He’s not going anywhere for a long time.
Fred Warner and Marvin Jones
Fred Warner bc they finally invest in the LB position after all these years.
Marvin Jones. Fills the Alshon role for less money and less injury
— Certified Ya Boy (@ScooterMcgilli1) September 1, 2020
Fred Warner is an absolute stud. 242 tackles in his first two seasons and, according to Benjamin Solak, he was the league’s most impactful LB in 2019.
Howie Roseman is allergic to linebackers of his caliber. Combine that with the potential contract Warner will command in the future, the Eagles will most likely stick with T.J. Edwards (deservedly so) for the long haul.
Marvin Jones missed three games last year, seven games in 2018, and has played in just 96 games over his eight-year career (128 possible). He is just a month younger than Jeffery and could command big money over a short term contract in 2021 free agency. He’s a good player, but not worth investing in.
Odell Beckham Jr.
OBJ is always someone I saw playing for the birds.Could draw him in after Alshon and DJax are gone with a young receiving group and an elite QB which he’s never played for.Obviously cap restraints, so it would have to be a trade most likely.Probably a dream scenario for me though
— optimistic scott (@ScottyDrowned) September 1, 2020
Odell Beckham Jr. paired with Carson Wentz would produce unplanned pregnancies throughout the city of Philadelphia and across the country. Just the thought of what those two can do together, with Reagor, Hightower, Ertz, Goedert, Sanders… did I just turn you on?
But realistically, as Scotty points out, it’s all a dream.
OBJ is under contract through 2023, hoooooweeevveerrrrrr he has zero guaranteed money after this year. This means, if the Browns so choose, he can be cut with zero dead money.
A 29-year-old OBJ on the open market? The dream scenario for the Eagles and their fans, more of a nightmare for the salary cap.
He is most likely going to want a deal that’s larger than his last 5 year $90 million extension. With the Eagles looking to dish out “IOU’s” next year in lieu of salary cap, that immediately takes them out of the bidding. I would expect the Colts to be heavily involved in the bidding, while the Eagles balance their checkbooks.
Check out the next page for the more realistic options.
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