Are the Eagles the best case scenario for Jalen Carter?

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Georgia defensive lineman Jalen Carter (88) waves to the crowd before the national championship NCAA College Football Playoff game between Georgia and TCU, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, in Inglewood, Calif. Georgia defensive tackle Jalen Carter, projected as one of the top players in next month’s NFL draft, has been charged with reckless driving and racing in conjunction with the crash that killed offensive lineman Devin Willock and a recruiting staff member.(AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

The Eagles are now approaching a pivotal moment in their offseason. Most of the free agency buzz has died down and the draft is now a couple of weeks away. One buzz that they can’t ignore is the one that’s connecting Jalen Carter to Philadelphia.

While the talent is unquestionable, the off-the-field issue is growing by the hour. Carter was part of a huge accident that led to two casualties. Jalen Carter was racing his teammate, Devin Wilcox, and recruiting staffer, Chandler LeCroy, in a down area. The “racing” led to both LeCroy and Wilcox crashing and losing their lives. 

This led to Jalen Carter being sentenced to 12 months of probation while also having to pay $1,000 in fines, do 80 hours of community service, and take a state-sanctioned driving course. This has led to his recent dip in mock drafts but Carter seems confident that he will still be in the top -10.

He has declined draft visits with any team that’s not in the top 10 and has started to meet with several teams. One of those teams just so happens to be the Eagles. To be quite honest, the Eagles may be the best team for Carter to come to and for his development as a man. 

Forget the on the field talent, he’ll be great no matter what. Focus on the person and where can he be the best version of himself. It’s Philadelphia. The Eagles have one of the better locker rooms in the league.

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Terry Bradshaw, left, reacts as Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, second from left, hoists the George Halas Trophy as quarterback Jalen Hurts, center, holds a microphone after the NFC Championship NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023, in Philadelphia. The Eagles won 31-7. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

It’s a very tight-knit group that understands the concept of family. From Jalen Hurts to Shaun Bradley, the Eagles hold each other accountable while uplifting one another as well. That’s reason number one why Jalen Carter’s best bet in Philadelphia.

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The second reason is because of Nakobe Dean and Jordan Davis. The two were together with Carter in Georgia. Davis has gone on to call Carter a “little brother”. ESPN’s Matt Miller mentioned this little tidbit to a group of reporters, “Talking to people at Georgia, one thing I heard consistently was that Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean were those players for Carter. They led the locker room and everyone followed, everyone got in lockstep.”

Now, this isn’t a piece to sell teams on allowing Carter to the Eagles. This is just a vote of confidence that if the Eagles do draft, Jalen Carter, he will be in good hands. Carter can excel in this culture and be a pivotal piece of this defense for years to come.

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