The Philadelphia Eagles have not been quiet so far in free agency. Despite the first day of free agency being on March 13th, teams are legally allowed to contact and make deals with free agents on the market. So far the Eagles have signed former Jacksonville Jaguar, Defensive Tackle, Malik Jackson, and have traded for former Tampa Bay Buccaneer, DeSean Jackson(more importantly former Philadelphia Eagle). Both these moves came at a solid price. Signing Malik Jackson for 3 years, $30 million, the Eagles pick up a great player to play next to Fletcher Cox, while at a solid price. The only reason the Jaguars released Jackson was out of need to free up cap space in order to sign Nick Foles, not because of bad play or not living up to the contract. The Eagles then also gave up a 6th and 7th rounder for DeSean Jackson. Jackson formerly played for the Eagles several years ago, and was always a fan favorite, especially after his punt return for a game winning touchdown in the second “Miracle in the Meadowlands”. Jackson also had his contract restructured, adding more years but with less total money in this year. With the first day of free agency over, the Eagles aren’t done yet. With a decent portion of cap space left, the Eagles can make another big signing to complete the team. That signing should be Le’Veon Bell.
After a roller coaster of a year in Pittsburgh, Le’Veon Bell has finally hit the open market. Since demanding more money during the last offseason, Bell sat the entire year out, waiting for a new contract or a new team. After a year of waiting, the time has come. Interest from the New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, and even Kansas Chiefs has proven that Bell has a huge market for his services. Bell however has still not revealed his choice even after the first day of free agency.
Once regarded as the best running back in the league, Bell was a stellar back who could really do it all. Known for his patience in letting the play develop, and playing as a great pass catcher, Bell could tear apart any defense. Combined with Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers had a lethal offense. However it was almost too good to be true. Starting with Bell and then Brown, the Steeler’s incredible offense fell apart due to contract issues and the inability to cope with Roethlisberger’s personality.
Adding Bell to the Eagles offense would absolutely help bring the Eagles back to the Super Bowl, and solidify the running back position which has been a revolving door the past few seasons. The only problem is Bell wants a lot of money. After loading up on big names the past few years, the Eagles are tight on cap space, and will barely have enough money to sign Bell. By signing Bell, the Eagles will not have enough money to sign players to fill out the roster and act as key backups. Also by signing Bell, the Eagles may lose compensatory picks they would acquire next year due to losing Nick Foles and Ronald Darby. However the positives outweigh the negatives and with Bell the Eagles could be looking as Super Bowl favorites this year. Adding Bell to a team of Carson Wentz, Alshon Jeffrey, and Zach Ertz, the Eagles offense would be lethal. With their remaining cap space, the Eagles should do everything they can to sign Bell.