3 free agents the Eagles should target before Training Camp

FILE – Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons (31) runs after intercepting the ball against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game Dec. 18, 2022, in Denver. Simmons is tied with Pittsburgh Steelers’ Minkah Fitzpatrick with 22 takeaways the last four seasons and has consistently been one of the best deep safeties since entering the league in 2016.(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)

The Philadelphia Eagles have loaded up in nearly every position of need this offseason with remarkable talent. But you can only get so far with talent alone. In this day and age, depth is probably the most important aspect of the 53-man roster which is where the Eagles are at the moment.

Here are several free agents that I believe the Eagles should look into signing before training camp begins:

Eagles free agent targets

Justin Simmons, Safety

Safety is still a big need for the Eagles’ secondary. While bringing back C.J. Gardner-Johnson was a huge move, the fact of the matter is that there is a significant lack of depth within this group. Reed Blankenship has been great for the Eagles but you have to wonder if he can or will continue to get better in coverage. Sidney Brown is coming off of a huge injury which then leads to players that were on the practice squad for most of last season.

Then there is the DeJean theory that has now been squashed. According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, the Eagles don’t want to overload Cooper Dejean just yet. Instead, they are focused on using him as an outside corner only during his rookie season which is a very smart move.

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Philadelphia Eagles’ Brandon Graham, Lane Johnson, Howie Roseman, Fletcher Cox and Jason Kelce celebrate after the NFC Championship NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023, in Philadelphia. Roseman, the once-exiled executive who was cast aside for Chip Kelly for a year, returned to lead the Eagles to the franchise’s only Super Bowl title is back again after hitting rock bottom in 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Simmons can bring everything you need and want in a veteran safety. Not only is he familiar with the scheme but he’s still in the prime of his career. In the last three seasons, Justin Simmons has 14 interceptions, 27 pass deflections, 5 forced fumbles, and 219 tackles.

Quandre Diggs, Safety

Staying within the safety group, if Simmons is out of Philadelphia’s price range then they can pivot to Quandre Diggs. Diggs has 10 interceptions and 19 pass deflections over the last three seasons. He also hasn’t missed a game during that span which is exactly what the Eagles need from a veteran in their secondary. As the best ability is always going to be availability. 

Diggs would reunite with Darius Slay and could mentor Brown as Slay mentors Mitchell and Dejean which would pave the way for a strong future within the Eagles’ defense. This would still be a home run move although many may feel like it is not as big of a splash as landing Justin Simmons would be. 

Haason Ridgeway, Defensive Tackle

Having the young guys get their shine right now is great but that doesn’t overrule the value of having a veteran voice. Especially one that played with Eagles’ legend Fletcher Cox. Bringing Ridgeway back to the Eagles would be a great depth move for the team. While he may not see a ton of snaps, Ridgewway has proven to be effective in a limited role, and a limited snap count would help him given he’s recovering from a torn Achilles.

LANDOVER, MD – SEPTEMBER 13: Eagles DT Hassan Ridgeway (98) and linebacker T.J. Edwards (57) tackle Washington running back Peyton Barber (34) as he leaps into the air during the Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Football Team NFL game at FedEx Field on September 13, 2020 in Landover, MD. (Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire)

Philadelphia needs to add more depth at the DT position and a veteran presence as well. Carter and Davis are still fresh in this league and would benefit greatly from having a player like Ridgeway in the locker room.

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