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Who Are The Eagles' Potential Targets?

Posted Mar 12, 2013

The new NFL year begins at 4 PM, which means the Eagles will be able to sign free agents and conduct trades. With all the rumors and speculation swirling, which names have been connected to the Eagles? We take a look ...

Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis

Amendola went undrafted in 2008 and spent time on the Eagles' and Cowboys’ practice squads. But Amendola thrived in St. Louis as a slot receiver and return specialist after the Rams picked him up in 2009. Last season, he played in 11 games, starting eight, and caught 63 passes for 666 yards and three touchdowns. A report by Geoff Mosher of Comcast SportsNet indicated that the Eagles are interested in pursuing the receiver.

Desmond Bryant, DT, Oakland

Bryant was an undrafted rookie free agent out of Harvard who signed with the Raiders in 2009. He took over a starting role in 2011, and has recorded nine sacks and 71 total tackles over the last two seasons. Though he played tackle for the Raiders in their 4-3 scheme, the 6-6, 311-pound Bryant could also play defensive end in a 3-4, should the Eagles decide to use concepts from that scheme. Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports tweeted Monday that the Eagles are one of several teams interested in Bryant’s services.

James Casey, FB/TE, Houston

Casey was drafted in the fifth round of the 2009 draft and has been the Texans’ starting fullback since 2011. A versatile weapon in Houston, last season Casey lined up as a tight end and slot receiver, catching 34 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported that the Eagles are "among the teams" interested in Casey, while Adam Caplan of The Sideline View tweeted that the Eagles are "in the process" of scheduling a visit to Philadelphia. 

Dashon Goldson, S, San Francisco

Goldson is widely considered one of the best safeties available on the free agent market. As a key member of the vaunted 49ers defense, Goldson has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last two seasons, and was named an All-Pro in 2012. Last season, Goldson had 69 combined tackles, three interceptions and 11 passes defended. Jordan Raanan of NJ.com reported that the Eagles are interested in bringing Goldson to Philadelphia.

James Harrison, LB, Pittsburgh

A longtime cornerstone of the Pittsburgh defense, Harrison was released in early March after nine seasons in the Steel City. A superstar defender, Harrison is as decorated as they come. He was voted the Defensive Player of the Year in 2008, is a four-time All-Pro and has been selected to the Pro Bowl five times. He also boasts two Super Bowl rings as a member of the Steelers. In a somewhat unusual situation, Harrison’s agent told Tim McManus of Birds 24/7 that Philadelphia would be a desirable landing place for the veteran linebacker.

Ricky Jean-Francois, DT, San Francisco

While many of the free agents on the market have seen their best days, Jean-Francois is one whose best is likely yet to come. Jean-Francois was a seventh-round pick in 2009 and has since been a key role player for the 49ers. In total, he started three games last season, totaling 22 tackles and two sacks over 16 games. Jean-Francois can play defensive tackle in a 4-3, and many believe he could play defensive end or nose tackle in a 3-4 scheme. Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reported that the Eagles are one of the teams interested in signing the lineman.

LaRon Landry, S, New York Jets

After spending the first five years of his career in Washington, Landry signed a one-year deal with the Jets last season. It proved to be a smart move, as Landry was named to his first Pro Bowl and now figures to cash in during free agency. Last season, he recorded 100 combined tackles, two interceptions (including one for a touchdown) and four forced fumbles. Reuben Frank of Comcast SportsNet reported that the Eagles "have a strong interest" in Landry.

Jake Long, OT, Miami

The first overall pick of the 2009 draft, Long has made a name for himself as one of the better young linemen in the league. He has been voted to the Pro Bowl four times, and was named an All-Pro in 2010. While Long has spent his career at left tackle, many believe he would be better suited on the right side. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that the Eagles are one of four teams interested.

Darrelle Revis, CB, New York Jets

According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, there is "a rumor brewing in certain NFL circles" that general manager Howie Roseman has been putting together a deal to bring Revis, 27, to Philadelphia. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora added Tuesday afternoon that several teams have "made trade talks" regarding Revis, including the Eagles. Widely considered the best cornerback in the NFL, Revis has been the subject of trade rumors and speculation all offseason. A four-time Pro Bowl selection and a three-time All Pro, Revis only played in two games before suffering a season-ending ACL injury. Revis’ reputation is so strong that his side of the field has been nicknamed "Revis Island," shutting opposing receivers out for the entire game.

Sean Smith, CB, Miami

Originally selected in the second round of the 2009 draft, Smith (6-3, 218 pounds) is a big, physical cornerback. Last season in Miami, he combined for 59 total tackles, two interceptions and three forced fumbles. With his size, Smith is ideally suited for a press-man scheme. Smith has been linked to the Eagles for weeks, with NFL Network’s Jeff Darlington reporting that the 49ers and Chiefs are also in the running.

Eric Winston, OT, Kansas City

The 6-7, 302-pound Winston was drafted by the Texans in the third round of the 2006 draft. He signed with the Chiefs last offseason, but was released after only one season. He has not missed a start since becoming a full-time starter in 2007, and was ranked by Pro Football Focus as one of the top right tackles in the league last season. Last week, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reported that Winston was on the Eagles’ radar.

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