CAP space is limited. However, there are a bunch of you who hope that (GM) Howie Roseman can pull off a miracle, and make it so we can afford either RB Le’Veon Bell, or WR Antonio Brown. Well, my hope would be for SS Landon Collins.
SS Malcolm Jenkins is 31, and FS Rodney McLeod is coming off of an injury. Thinking of the future and building depth are not issues to be taken lightly. Also there is the idea of line-up flexibility. Three proven playmakers in a Nickel or Dime package, minimizes any falloff from us not being in our base defense.
The knock on Collins is that he’s more of an “in the box” Safety than a cover Safety. So what? He can cover, he’s just better near the line and in zones. No harm in that. Given how much we ask our LB’s to cover, that just makes him a better version of what we have in LB Kamu Grugier-Hill. For that matter, we could make the Nickel our base. Shit, half the time we do that anyway! (As you can see by KGH and former Eagle OLB Mychal Kendricks number of starts.)
Considering how good Collins has been for four years on a bad giants defense, it stands to reason that he’d be a force magnifier on a good unit. The Eagles defensive line can actually force QB’s into making errors, and plays the run well enough to allow him to play Safety, instead of Mr. Do-It-All.
It shouldn’t take a miracle to convince him to come to a team that just won Super Bowl two years ago, and still has a strong enough nucleus to do it again soon. Not a miracle, but he will want a lot of money. Deservedly so.
Adding him here would do two important things. It would add depth and talent to our roster,, and keep him out of Dallas or Washington, while stealing him from New York. Particularly in the case of Dallas, as they may soon add FS Earl Thomas. Adding both Thomas and Collins, is an immediate and massive upgrade over current Safeties Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods.
Eagles fans, we don’t need that kind of headache in our lives.
Instead of trading for and then breaking the bank, on a WR who will only cry when TE Zach Ertz sees more targets than he does. Instead of breaking the bank, on a RB who has a penchant for missing games that have nothing to do with injuries. Instead of doing these things, why not add a player who shifts the balance of power in the division, just by signing?
Note: For those keeping score, so far my Free Agent Wish List consists of Latatvius Murray, LeGarrette Blount,
and Landon Collins. That’s not my whole list, but I want to see who else hits the cutting room floor, before I just jump on the first few names. These guys all fit what we do, so they’re easy to add early.