The Eagles have elected not to resign any of their free agents this offseason, meaning that they are either putting all of their trust into the rookies drafted, or have big plans in the way of signing current free agents. Now that the gates have opened, players are being jotted into contracts left and right, and the Eagles need to get in on the action and fill one of their biggest needs — Middle Linebacker.
With the decision to not resign any current free agents on the team, the Eagles are letting go long-time starter Stewart Bradley. Leaving very few linebackers on the roster, one of which — Akeem Jordan, may be suspended for breaking the conduct policy during the NFL Lockout. However, Andy Reid did plan for the future, as the Eagles drafted three linebackers this season as insurance in Casey Matthews, Brian Rolle, and Greg Lloyd.
The Eagles also still have potential breakout linebacker Jamar Chaney under contract, who filled in like a true starter while Bradley was down with injury last season. But Chaney is still young, and Philadelphia has only been able to test him in a short period. The Eagles have no idea how Chaney will perform over a 16 game season, plus the playoffs. My personal thought is that he is still a bit young to be the full-time starter.
This means that Philadelphia must pursue one of the abundance of free agent linebackers there are currently available. But who would be the best fit for the Eagles?
Most Eagles fans are already familiar with this hometown stud, as he was Penn State monster just a few seasons ago. The ex-Buffalo Bill is scouting for a new team, and the Eagles could swoop in and snag this hometown favorite. There is no denying that Reid has eyed Posluszny in the past, as the Eagles were supposedly looking to trade-up in the draft when the Bills snagged him in 2007.
As he is more commonly called — ‘Poz,’ — Could provide the Eagles defense with an entirely new element. The element of security.
Through his entire career, Poz has been nothing but consistent. He has gone game in and game out and posted nearly model stats, but nothing over the top and flashy. He will go out and get his tackles, play that safe pass defense, and get to the quarterback with little trouble when asked to blitz. Poz would mesh into the Eagles infamous defense, with ease. Bringing Philly back to the glory linebacker days.
The Eagles may be down a few men at the linebacker position, but signing Poz would change everything. That security element of consistency would allow the Eagles exotic defense to finally get back to the Jim Johnson days. This is the turn around that Philadelphia has been looking for, and the Eagles will be one step closer to being on that Super Bowl platform.
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