First day of free agency recap: Eagles quiet, but rumors abound

Posted on March 16, 2021

Eagles Inactive, But Could A QB Be On The Way?

Aside from the Brandon Graham extension, the Eagles were pretty quiet at the start of free agency. Which should probably be expected. Given their cap situation, they’re presumably not going to be after the premiere free agents.

However, there are whispers of possible signings to come. According to Adam Caplan, the Birds have shown interest in free agent quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

This connection makes all the sense in the world. After all, new head coach Nick Sirianni has been Brissett’s offensive coordinator from 2018-2020. The QB has had decent production when starting, so he’ll give Jalen Hurts a decent competition.

Plus, he shouldn’t be too expensive, considering he was a backup last year. All in all, Brissett would make for a very solid QB2 pick-up.

It’s interesting to note that Brissett is just one of four “unrepresented” players, meaning he doesn’t have an agent. Any contract negotiating will be done by him.

Meanwhile, let’s take a look at the rest of the league…

Patriots Go “Yankees” Mode, Dish Out Big Deals

The Patriots did not sit still on Monday. Instead, they went into free agency determined to make the most of their massive amount of cap space available. Below are some of the notable deals they’ve made, which include two former Eagles:

  • TE Jonnu Smith: 4 years, $50 million
  • EDGE Matt Judon: 4 years, $56 million
  • WR Nelson Agholor: 2 years, $26 million
  • S Jalen Mills: 4 years, $24 million
  • WR Kendrick Bourne: 3 years, $22.5 million

Clearly, Bill Belichick and co. were not thrilled about going 7-9 and missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008. However, let’s see how their quarterbacks do before counting on New England to once again cause chaos in the AFC East.

Perhaps Smith being off the board will help the trade market for Zach Ertz. He’d be a nice consolation prize for any teams that were considering Smith.

Offensive Linemen Come Out On Top

After the first day, offensive linemen are touting the big bucks. Offensive guard Joe Thuney signed a five-year, $80 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. They clearly needed O-Line help after that dreadful Super Bowl performance.

Meanwhile, center Corey Lindsey inked a five-year, $62.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Chargers. More expensive contracts could be on their way, as both OT Trent Williams and OT Alejandro Villanueva remain unsigned.

Ronald Darby Is On The Move

WFT and former Eagles’ cornerback Ronald Darby is heading west, having signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the Denver Broncos.

After three injury-filled seasons with Philadelphia (Darby played just 28 out of a possible 48 games), the corner had the first 16-game season of his career with Washington last year. Per Pro Football Focus, Darby had a grade of 76.0.

It’s always nice to see a rival lose a player who gave them decent play. At least we’ll always have that sweet moment of Jalen Reagor burning Darby in the season opener.

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