NOW it’s getting interesting! Players are staring to hit the cutting room floor of NFL teams as they start trying to clear cap space for applying Franchise Tags (beginning next Tuesday the 16th) or to sign players off the street when Free Agency starts (on March 9th).
A few of the names already to hit he ground have me raising an eyebrow in interest:
G Jahri Evans (N.O.) : He’s long in the tooth at 33 but he’s still got game, and he’s an upgrade over any Guard on our roster right now. Besides, our young O-Linemen could use a mentor; and his six Pro Bowl selections (in 10 years) and a Super Bowl win would make his voice carry a lot of weight with the young ‘uns. It would also be nice to bring home a Philly born player.
OLB David Hawthorne (N.O.) : At 30 he also has some miles on him, but there’s still some tread left on his tires. Considering how weak we are at WLB, his presence alone would legitimize any competition for the spot.
OT Jason Fox (MIA) : According to all reports he struggled this season at both LT and RT. Then again Miami is a dumpster fire beginning with the leadership and it trickles down from there. Years ago many Eagles fans thought QB Jeff Garcia was washed-up due to poor stints in Cleveland and Detroit. I said not so fast, he was just in bad situations. The he comes here and you know the rest. Same with Steve Young leaving Tampa Bay and going to San Fran. Fox is just 27 and may need nothing more than to go to a team with an actual coaching staff. At worst he’s depth.
Keep in mind that we still need to draft players at every one of these spots, but these guys here would make solid fall-back positions. We’ll re-visit this list as more players get the heave-ho, but for now this wouldn’t be a bad free agent crop at all.