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Top Free Agents Remaining: Offense

Free agency kicked off a week ago and a lot of players have either remained with their current clubs or decided to sport new uniforms in 2012. With the top-tier players off the market, there are still a slew of players looking for a home. Before the start of free agency, NFL Insider Adam Caplan provided us with his top 10 free agents at each position. Let's re-visit the offensive positions and look at the best players remaining. Note that players who were given the franchise tag were not included ...

Adam Caplan's Top Three Remaining Free Agent QBs

1. Donovan McNabb
2. Brady Quinn (*Signed with Kansas City)
3. Vince Young

Note: San Francisco's Alex Smith was atop this list until he re-signed with San Francisco on Tuesday. The Eagles added Trent Edwards off the street prior to free agency and will go a different route if they are going to make any further changes to the quarterback depth chart.

Caplan's Top Three Remaining Free Agent RBs

1. Michael Bush (*Signed with Chicago)
2. Cedric Benson
3. Ryan Grant

Note: This is a position where teams will look to get good value in the second phase of free agency. The only notable running back on Caplan's original list to switch teams has been Peyton Hillis, who went from Cleveland to Kansas City. Caplan's No. 1 free agent running back is Ray Rice, but he was given the franchise tag by Baltimore. Two of the other top backs - Arian Foster in Houston and Marshawn Lynch in Seattle - decided to remain home and sign long-term deals. The Eagles have only two backs with experience on the roster right now, so it won't be any surprise when they make an addition. But will it be a proven veteran or a rookie?

Caplan's Top Three Remaining Free Agent FBs

1. Ahmard Hall
2. Spencer Larsen (*Signed with New England)
3. Jacob Hester

Note: The fullback market has been attacked more in free agency than the running back position. Mike Tolbert signed with Carolina. Le'Ron McClain replaced Tolbert in San Diego. The Eagles have allowed fullback Owen Schmitt to test the free agent market. Second-year player Stanley Havili is atop the depth chart now, but the Eagles will bring in competition. Havili is the type of fullback who could potentially contribute more offensively than a blocking back. It will be interesting to see who is brought in to compete.

Caplan's Top Three Remaining Free Agent WRs

1. Mike Wallace (Restricted)
2. Terrell Owens
3. Braylon Edwards

Note: Amazingly enough, this is arguably the position that was handled the most aggressively in free agency. One of the Eagles' biggest moves of the past week was re-signing DeSean Jackson, who was franchised, to a five-year deal. Another Eagle, Steve Smith, was allowed to test the free agent market. Two of Caplan's top three receivers still on the market were not in the league at the end of last season. The other, Wallace, would cost a first-round pick (and a big contract) as a restricted free agent.

Caplan's Top Three Remaining Free Agent TEs

1. Visanthe Shiancoe
2. Jeremy Shockey
3. Jacob Tamme (*Signed with Denver)

Note: The Eagles have one of the best tight ends in the game in Brent Celek and a young, athletic pass catcher in Clay Harbor. It will be important to see if Harbor can develop the consistency needed to be counted upon. Shiancoe is entering his 10th NFL season and his numbers have dwindled in the past few years. Tamme had a strong 2010 with 67 catches for 631 yards showing his proficiency as a pass catcher.

Caplan's Top Three Remaining Free Agent OTs

1. Kareem McKenzie
2. Sean Locklear
3. Marc Colombo

Note: The Eagles need to address their backup tackle situation with King Dunlap a free agent and Winston Justice traded to Indianapolis. Dunlap could always return. The top three players on this list offer plenty of experience in the league, but not much upside. The only one of Caplan's top tackle free agents to sign was Jeff Backus, who returned to Detroit.

Caplan's Top Three Remaining Free Agent Gs

1. Jake Scott
2. Jacob Bell
3. Vernon Carey

Note: The Eagles brought back Evan Mathis, who agreed to a five-year deal on Saturday. That was important because the Eagles now have their starting offensive linemen under contract through 2014. The Eagles also welcomed back former draft pick Mike Gibson, who became a starter in Seattle after leaving Philadelphia. Julian Vandervelde, a draft pick from 2011, is also highly thought of and will get a chance to establish himself as the top interior backup in 2012.

Caplan's Top Three Remaining Free Agent Cs

1. Dan Koppen
2. Todd McClure
3. Samson Satele (*Signed with Indianapolis)

Note: With Jason Kelce, the future is bright for the Eagles at the center position. The Eagles lost a wealth of experience when they released Jamaal Jackson, who was not a fit for the offensive line scheme. The team signed former Cleveland center Steve Vallos. Another starter certainly won't be added from free agency.

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