The Philadelphia Eagles had a great run in the 2022-23 NFL season, where they had one hand on the Lombardi Trophy. The Eagles started to dominate their conference with the best regular season record and even produced exceptional performances in the playoffs to face the Chiefs in the Super Bowl.
However, the Jalen Hurts-led team couldn’t lift the Lombardi Trophy and lost to the Chiefs with a 3-point deficit in one of the most controversial Super Bowl finals ever. The Eagles are still stronger than ever and will look to challenge for the Super Bowl in the next season as well.
However, there may be some problems for the Philadelphia-based team, as they have a lot of players who are lining up to be free agents as their contracts are expiring. Many players like James Bradberry, Fletcher Cox, Andre Dillard, and T.J. Edwards are nearing the end of their contracts and it is currently not confirmed if the Eagles will give them an extension.
If the above-mentioned players decide to leave, then the Eagles will have a serious disadvantage in their defense and will need reinforcements if they need to challenge for the Super Bowl again. Apart from their defense, the only other position they need to find is an RB. Take a look below at the five best players that can really help the Eagles in their quest for Super Bowl victory.
The Philadelphia Eagles rely heavily on their rushing game and will need a strong defense for that. However, with the expected departure of many defensive players, the Eagles will need to look outwards.
Texans Jerry Hughes is the most ideal player that the Eagles can look for. The 13-year veteran is an instrumental pass rusher who recorded nine sacks and 13 pressures for the Texans last season.
With just $4.7 million in their cap space, the Eagles will need to negotiate a good deal with Hughes, who is expected to get paid around $6.3 million next year. However, the thought of winning a Super Bowl may persuade him to play for less money.
2. Chuck Clark
Chuck Clark plays as a safety for the Ravens and can be of huge importance to the Eagles due to his experience in the game and skill on the field. With the departure of James Bradberry, the Eagles will need good and experienced safety to handle the defensive capabilities of the team.
Clark is the ideal candidate for that. The 27-year-old safety started all the games for the Ravens last season and recorded 101 tackles while getting 1 forced fumble throughout the previous season. Clark is also comparatively cheaper for the Eagles and will cost around $3.6 million for one season.
3. Mike Purcell
Defensive Tackle is the position that the Eagles seriously need to address, as they could face significant problems during the free agency. With many experienced players leaving, the burden will be laid down on young players. However, with the addition of Mike Purcell, the Eagles can be a bit comfortable about that position.
The Broncos DT comes with effective run-stopping abilities and can be a huge advantage to the team. Purcell recorded 45 tackles last season with the Broncos, who had one of their worst seasons ever. This proves that he can be of good use to the Eagles.
4. Bijan Robinson
The Eagles have a couple of first-round draft picks for this year and can use them effectively to bolster their squad. This year’s draft prospects are sensational and many can prove to be worthy additions like RB Bijan Robinson.
Robinson plays as a running back for the Texas Longhorns and has been scintillating this past season of college football. Robinson is a fourth-ranked prospect and can prove to develop a great partnership with QB Jalen Hurts.
5. Bryan Bresee
If the deal with DT Mike Purcell doesn’t work out, then the Eagles can draft their own DT in Bryan Bresee. The 21-year-old plays for the Clemson Tigers in college football and also won the 2020 ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
Bresee is a first-round prospect and can prove to be fundamental for the Eagles for many years to come. However, there will be lots of competition for his signature and the Eagles will have to draft him quickly.
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