NFL Free Agency: Eagles should target these 8 AFC North players

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CINCINNATI, OH – SEPTEMBER 12: Cincinnati Bengals free safety Jessie Bates (30) looks at the fans during the game against the Minnesota Vikings and the Cincinnati Bengals on September 12, 2021, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. (Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire)

We have reached the end of our destination on this league wide free agency tour for the Eagles. Finishing up with the AFC North, you can recap all divisions at the bottom of the page. As always thanks for following along and ALWAYS agreeing with me!

Cleveland Browns

Offense: Jacoby Brissett

This may be the most perfect fit of any free agent target. He’s the perfect QB2 for a Sirianni-led offense since he’s been a QB1-3 for a Sirianni-led offense in Indianapolis.

Brissett filled in admirably for the Browns last season while they awaited Watson’s return from whatever they want to call that suspension and went 4-7 with 2,608 yards, 12 TDs, and six INTs. I’d rather have him come in to clinch the division in case Hurts goes down rather than what was trotted out there last season for the Eagles.

Defense: Greedy Williams

The talent is there. It’s right there. Buried under all the injuries, it’s right there. 

It’s low-risk, very-high reward. If he can figure it out on a one year deal, profit. If not, cut bait.

But he can be real good. Tape don’t lie (when he’s healthy).

Pittsburgh Steelers

Offense: Miles Boykin

He’s a gunner on the punt return team. He’s really fast. Rarely anyone goes for big yards.

Defense: Cameron Sutton

Compare the James Bradberry row vs the Sutton row:

Need more?

While Desai will probably be playing a whole lot more zone than man, you cannot deny how well Sutton would replace Bradberry. He’s a smidge younger and offers outside/slot versatility for the inevitable Maddox injury.

Baltimore Ravens

Offense: Kenyan Drake

Just writing his name hurts me. I’ve had him in fantasy SO MANY TIMES and he’s hurt me.

But is this real life or is this just a fantasy? Caught in a lands..

Woops sorry.

Despite having a 482 yard season in 12 games with the Ravens, Drake appears on the outside looking in. When he’s healthy, the dude can produce. Why make things difficult and go to a team that doesn’t run the ball as well as Baltimore did?

Defense: Marcus Peters

Imagine going from a talker like CGJ to a talker like Peters?

At 30 years old, Peters will probably be taking one year deals. Hello, Howie?

While Peters wasn’t the Peters of old as he recovered from an injury, he was still able to show just how good he could be.

Cincinnati Bengals

Offense: Samaje Perine

He’s got connections with the Eagles, you know. Samaje Perine worked with Eagles RB coach Jemal Singleton and, would ya look at that, the Eagles need a running back.

Perine is a bowling ball at 5’11” 235 lbs, which is perfect for someone who would be complimenting Kenny Gainwell.

Defense: Jessie Bates III

The big one. If you remember, I said in the AFC East piece that there were two “must gets” for the Eagles.

Here’s the second.

If Howie isn’t going to spend money on Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, who is probably seeking money to match his versatility, Bates should be 1B on the list.

Bates is the “center fielder” you want at safety. He can drop back in coverage and then run down and make the play on the run. He’s absolutely everything you want in a safety.

He’ll be 27 in October, so a long term deal shouldn’t scare Howie away. Signing Bates would allow the Eagles to build the rest of the secondary through the draft. Bates and Slay (maybe) secondary? Whew.

Other divisions: NFC East, NFC West, NFC South, NFC North, AFC East, AFC West, AFC South

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