Finding a new right tackle could be on the Eagles’ short list of priorities.
Yesterday, there were reports that the Birds were interested in Jake Long. And today, they’re at least looking into Cincinnati’s Andre Smith and New England’s Sebastian Vollmer, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN.com.
Smith (6-4, 335) was the No. 6 overall pick in 2009 and has become one of the better right tackles in the league. On the surface, Smith doesn’t seem like a natural fit for what we THINK Chip Kelly’s going to run. Then again, he played at a high level last year and is only 26.
Vollmer (6-8, 320) was taken in the second round of the 2009 draft. He’s started 44 games in four seasons and is 28. Injuries are also a concern for Vollmer. He’s dealt with back issues and an ankle injury, missing 11 games in the past two years. Vollmer is a right tackle, although he did play the left side as a rookie.
In terms of interest, the Bengals were still very much interested in bringing Smith back as of yesterday, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. He has not been linked to other teams.
The situation for Vollmer is similar. The Patriots could still be looking to bring him back if the price is right. He has not been linked to any other teams either just yet.
The latest on Long is that he’s taking a physical with the Rams and could sign with them, according to Albert Breer of NFL Network. The situation appears to still be fluid though.
Eric Winston is also still on the market.
As for the Eagles, assuming the interest in right tackles is genuine, they seem to be in favor of moving Todd Herremans back inside to guard. As I said this morning, that’s a key idea to keep in mine not only during free agency, but during the draft.