The Eagles came out of last weekend’s draft without an offensive lineman.
But now, Howie Roseman and company are considering a move that’s much more about 2014 than the organization’s long-term vision. The team is taking a look at veteran offensive lineman Daryn Colledge, according to Adam Caplan.
Colledge, 32, fits one of Chip Kelly’s favorite phrases: Durability is the best ability. He has started 96 games in a row, dating back to 2006. The 6-foot-4, 308-pounder spent his first five seasons with the Packers before joining the Cardinals from 2011 to 2013. He would likely be looked at as a backup option, although Colledge might have an outside shot at pushing for a starting job.
What undoubtedly makes Colledge attractive to the Eagles is his versatility. Most of his NFL snaps have come at left guard, but he’s also played some tackle and even got reps at center last spring.
Allen Barbre seems close to a lock to be one of the Eagles’ primary backups. He, too, can play both guard and tackle. Other than Barbre, though, the competition for reserve spots along the offensive line is wide open.
The same five linemen started all 16 games for the Eagles last season. But they need to be prepared in case that doesn’t happen again. We’ll find out in the coming days if they think Colledge is a fit.