NFL Free Agency: Should the Eagles inject more youth into their roster?

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GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 25: Arizona Cardinals Cornerback Byron Murphy (7) returns the punt during an NFL game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Arizona Cardinals on December 25, 2021 at State Farm Stadium, in Glendale AZ. (Photo by Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire)

Free agency is right around the corner and the Philadelphia Eagles will be looking to retool their team with the right players that can help them get back to the Super Bowl. In the last, Howie Roseman has always gone after veterans instead of younger players with limited experience. That has backfired several times so here are three young players that I believe can help the team return to the big game.

CB Greedy Williams

The team is unlikely to re-sign James Bradberry due to the amount of money he is likely to demand. While their focus is on extending Jalen Hurts and C.J. Gardner-Johnson, it would be wise to bring in a player like Greedy Williams.

Williams is coming off a down year where he missed six games due to an injury and his number weren’t what they should’ve been. He allowed a passer rating of 158.3 against him but then again he was only targeted 10 times in the 11 games that he played.

Pairing him with Darius Slay and CB coach Denard Wilson would help revitalize his career. If the Eagles can get him on a team-friendly multi-year deal then this could be a steal for them.

WR Mecole Hardman

We all know that the Eagles had trouble finding consistency behind A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith. Quez Watkins may have gotten lost in the shadows of those two players and the likelihood of him bouncing back is nowhere near a sure thing.

Replacing him with a player like Hardman will benefit Hurts and the Eagles offense greatly. Hardman has the speed to blow past a defender at any given time but has had an issue with staying healthy. A change of scenery could help him with that and pairing him with Smith and Brown would pay off big time.

CB Byron Murphy

Byron Murphy is another young corner that is coming off a down year due to an injury. Fortunately for Murphy, he still showed a great level of consistency in just nine games this season. Although he allowed a passer rating of 103.1 against him, he only allowed a completion of 63% for 346 yards. 

Imagine bringing him in and pairing him with a cornerback like Darius Slay. Having Slay mentor Murphy for the next couple of years while he fine-tunes his craft would be a huge win for Philadelphia. This is a high-risk, high-reward situation that is almost guaranteed to pan out for the Eagles. 

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