Eagles Wake-Up Call: What About Orakpo?

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The Eagles need to improve their pass rush and Brian Orakpo is largely considered the top outside linebacker on the free-agent market, so we figured we would take a closer look to see if this is a potential fit.

Why it works

Orakpo (6-4, 257 pounds) is 27 years old, which falls within  Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman‘s preferred age range.  They want to bring in players who can not only contribute now but also be a part of the core moving forward, and Orakpo seemingly fits the bill. After dealing with a pec injury that cost him most of 2012, he played in 15 games this past season and finished with 10 sacks, nine stuffs, two fumble recoveries and 29 hurries. He was named to his third Pro Bowl. Read more »

Eagles Free Agency: Safeties

NFL.com just released its unofficial free-agent list for 2013. It’s time to start looking at some names.

Free agency opens on March 12 at 4 p.m. We will be doing plenty on free agency as we get closer, zeroing in on available players at key positions of need for the Eagles. Let’s start off by taking a look at the safety market.

New defensive backs coach John Lovett and the rest of the coaching staff is just getting settled in. The plan with the secondary is to study film and talk with the current players on the roster before focusing in on the free agents. This is the group they will soon be be evaluating:

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James Sanders, Ari
Chris Hope, Atl
William Moore, Atl - Had four interceptions and eight passes defensed in 12 starts for the Falcons in 2012. The 27-year-old has missed eight games over the past two season due to injury. He reportedly plans on testing the free-agent market if Atlanta doesn’t use the franchise tag on him.
Sean Considine, Bal
James Ihedigbo, Bal
Ed Reed, Bal The Ravens are hopeful they can keep the 34-year-old in Baltimore, but it seems the Ravens will have to make some cap-related sacrifices this offseason. Reed’s name has been connected to the Patriots.
Jairus Byrd, Buf  This is a player I get asked about a lot. The 26-year-old has 18 interceptions in four seasons with Buffalo. The 6-foot, 205-pounder has forced 10 fumbles and has 27 passes defensed since coming into the league in 2009. He has been named to the Pro Bowl twice in four seasons. Byrd went to college at Oregon.
Sherrod Martin, Car
Troy Nolan, Chi
Chris Crocker, Cin
Raymond Ventrone, Cle
Eric Frampton, Dal
Charlie Peprah, Dal
David Bruton, Den
Jim Leonhard, Den Leonhard was a quality player with the Jets, but broke his leg in 2010 and  tore his patellar tendon in ’11. He had two picks and a fumble recovery last season for the Broncos, starting just one game.
Louis Delmas, Det
Alan Ball, Hou
Quintin Demps, Hou
Glover Quin, Hou – Has played in all but one game since joining the Texans in ’09. Playing both corner and safety, Quin has 48 passes defensed, five interceptions and 251 tackles in four NFL seasons.
Abram Elam, KC
Chris Clemons, Mia Started all 16 games for the Dolphins last season, posting two interceptions and 69 tackles. Miami has had extensive talks to try and keep Clemons, reportedly.
Jamarca Sanford, Min
Josh Barrett, NE
Patrick Chung, NE The 25-year-old has appeared in 50 games for the Patriots, accruing seven interceptions and 19 passed defensed. The 5-11, 210-pounder is an Oregon alum.
Derrick Martin, NE
Kenny Phillips, NYG The 26-year old was hampered by a knee injury last season.
Yeremiah Bell, NYJ It came down to the Eagles and Jets for Bell’s services last year, and he chose New York. Bell, 34, started 15 games for the Jets and had 70 tackles.
LaRon Landry, NYJ Made the Pro Bowl in his first season with the Jets after spending the previous five years in Washington. There is a clause in his contract that prevents the Jets from using the franchise tag on him.
Matt Giordano, Oak Has seven interception over the last two seasons for the Raiders.
Mike Mitchell, Oak
Will Allen, Pit
Ryan Mundy, Pit
Corey Lynch, SD
Dashon Goldson, SF A starter for the last four seasons in San Francisco, Goldson has racked up 14 interceptions, three sacks, five forced fumbles and 245 tackles in that time. Billy Davis reference the Niners specifically when talking about the toughness he wants his defensive unit to have. The 49ers are expected to try and lock him up to a long-term deal.
Chris Maragos, Sea
Craig Dahl, Stl The 28-year-old started all 16 games for the Rams this past season, and had one interception and 56 tackles.
Tanard Jackson, Was
Madieu Williams, Was

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Nate Ness, Car
Jeromy Miles, Cin
Danny McCray, Dal
Amari Spievey, Det
Jonathan Amaya, Mia
Stevie Brown, NYG The 25-year-old had eight interceptions for the Giants last year.
Colt Anderson, Phi
Darian Stewart, Stl

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