The Philadelphia Eagles are going to be looking for safety help this offseason ever since the comments from general manager Howie Roseman, former All-Pro safety Brian Dawkins’s shadow still looms.
“You really appreciated it when he was here, but the longer he’s away, you really get more and more appreciation for what a great player he was,” Roseman told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “A Hall of Fame-caliber player at a position that’s hard to find. We were spoiled for a long time.”
It’s comments like these that give clear indication that the team is unhappy at the safety position and will attempt to further address the need in the offseason, whether through the draft or free agency.
Nate Allen had his best season at the position last year and is looking more like the 2010 2nd round draft pick the Eagles expected him to be. The other safety slot, though, left much to be desired. Patrick Chung’s production was down and Earl Wolff was injury-plagued all year.
The two primary safeties available in the free agent market are Buffalo’s Jairus Byrd and Cleveland’s T.J. Ward. Both will be in high demand and so will not be cheap. The Eagles could go to the draft well again. There they might look into Kansas State’s Ty Zimmerman or Michigan State’s Isaiah Lewis, though neither would necessarily be chosen in the early rounds.
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