Stay or go: Which pending free agents should the Eagles re-sign?

PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 13: Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver Greg Ward (84) celebrates a first down reception in the second half during the game between the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles on December 13, 2020 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire)

Duke Riley

He may not be the most complete linebacker in the world, but Duke Riley did come a long way in 2020. No longer just a special teams ace, Riley put up 55 tackles this year along with recording his first interception. He’s part of a nice emerging trio and since the team refuse to invest any significant capital in the position, handing him a short-term contract is logical.

Verdict: Stay

Corey Clement

It’s a sad goodbye due to just how iconic his Super Bowl performance really was, but Clement simply hasn’t been the same player since that rookie year. It’s a real shame, but this season showed that the Eagles really need some reliable depth behind Miles Sanders and Clement doesn’t tick that box.

Verdict: Go

Cameron Johnston

I’ve written at length about how Cameron Johnston has probably been the Eagles’ MVP for at least two years now, but we’re talking about a top-5 punter here. This is a no-brainer and losing him would be absolutely criminal.

Verdict: Stay

Jason Croom

Pros: He has a 100% touchdown record in Philadelphia. Everything he catches goes for six.

Cons: He’s caught one pass.

Verdict: Go

Rudy Ford

The Eagles traded for Rudy Ford with the hopes he would bring an extra bang on special teams. He brought that and then some. That’s probably his ceiling, but we know the Eagles put a lot of value on special teamers.

Verdict: Stay

Boston Scott

The Giant-killer has done nothing but good things since being poached from the Saints practice squad and has earned an extension as a change-of-pace back behind Miles Sanders. Scott has been a brilliant dual-threat back who can wreak havoc in the open field and I can’t see that changing anytime soon.

Verdict: Stay

Joshua Perkins

Perkins hasn’t been able to remain healthy or take real advantage of any exposure to offensive snaps in quite some time. The Eagles are loading up on depth at the position and Perkins could be the odd-man out.

Verdict: Go

Nate Gerry


Verdict: Go

Alex Singleton

As an exclusive-rights free agent, this is a no-brainer. The Eagles have to keep the former CFL Defensive Player of the Year around after an absolutely stellar second campaign. Singleton led the team in tackles and was an absolute menace as a run-defender, rapidly growing into the position’s brightest talent. Do the thing.

Verdict: Stay

Greg Ward

If we’ve learned anything over the last two years, it’s that Greg Ward has a long-term home in the NFL as a slot receiver. We just need to hope that the home is in Philadelphia As another ERFA, it should be. 419 yards and 6 touchdowns may not sound like a lot, but Ward was one of the very few consistent contributors in a flawed offense. His underdog story and clutch tendencies have seen him grow into a fan-favorite as well as a reliable target for whomever his quarterback might be.

Verdict: Stay

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