4 roster moves Philadelphia Eagles could still consider this offseason
The Philadelphia Eagles’ 2018 roster isn’t set, even if they’ve gotten most of the shuffling out of the way. So while the Birds continue their offseason workout program, Howie Roseman and the front office will search for final tweaks or additions they can make before training camp opens in late July. Here’s a look a few possible moves they might consider:
Philadelphia Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
The Eagles signed Corey Nelson, Paul Worrilow and LaRoy Reynolds this offseason to pad depth at linebacker and bolster their specials teams units. But Worrilow suffered a torn ACL on Tuesday, according to reports, and likely won’t suit up for the Birds in 2018, and Philadelphia released Mychal Kendricks, who played a crucial role during the team’s Super Bowl run.
So the Eagles’ linebacking corps looks thin. They could use a veteran replacement for Worrilow — a versatile defender with starting experience — or any other form of insurance behind starters Jordan Hicks and Nigel Bradham.
While Philadelphia could pull off a trade to land a bona fide starter at outside linebacker, the team might rather sign a veteran to backup Hicks at middle linebacker. Three-time Pro Bowler NaVorro Bowman is still a free agent, as is Dannell Ellerbe, who joined the Eagles as a key reserve during their postseason run last season.
If Nelson, Nate Gerry or Joe Walker prove they deserve more opportunities on defense, the Eagles might not need to look outside the organization for depth. Same goes for the special teams stars and undrafted rookies on Philadelphia’s roster, but the three linebackers mentioned above have the best chances to impress the coaching staff.