THUS far I’ve seen a couple of reports linking the Eagles to Chiefs FA Guard Jeff Allen. That wouldn’t be a bad signing, but I’d at least like to see the Eagles make a serious offer to Ravens G Kelechi Osemele.
Osemele is a young Pro Bowl caliber G and so is worth a big investment on those points alone. The sticking point is that due to another player being injured this year, Osemele filled in at LT and did a good job. With as valuable as LT’s are in this game, Osemele may be thinking that if he can switch from G to LT, that he’ll get the significant jump in pay that goes with it.
At the very least he has to be thinking that he needs to ensure that some team doesn’t sign him as a G and then “suddenly decide” to play him at LT. For him, signing a big deal now ensures that things are already on the up and up, regardless of whatever might happen down the line.
Richie Incognito is another guy I’m big on. He has the reputation of being a bully, but then again he’s made millions of dollars as a man who physically imposes his will on alpha males. An NFL Offensive Linemen is more or less a top-shelf professional bully. Every time they beat a Defensive Lineman, they’re making it harder for him to negotiate more money on his next contract. They are literally taking those guy’s lunch money. If they could twist nipples and give wedgies, they damned well might!
So no, I have no problem with an O-Lineman who’s a bit of a bully. In fact I have more of an issue with the ones who aren’t. The knock on Incognito is that he’s 33. That same knock is shared by Jahri Evans formerly of the Saints, who I also like.
The Steelers Ramon Foster and Vikings Mike Harris are also two names I’ve heard good things about, but I can’t say that I know/remember how they look in a game. What I will say for them is that they’re NFL veterans and they’re huge Guards at 328 and 338 respectively. Harris is only 27, and just the other day was offered a 2 year deal of 3.5M, so he can probably be lured away from Minnesota.
In any case these are a few Free Agent names I’d like to see in an Eagles jersey in 2016. If I didn’t mention this or that name, then you know how I feel about them coming here.
(I’m on the fence about Alex Boone.)