Eagles: 7 free agent linebackers to replace Bradham

By SportsRadio 94WIP

The Eagles are currently projected to enter the 2020 offseason with around $44 million in salary cap space, the most general manager Howie Roseman has had to work with in years. 

Here is a look at some of the linebackers they could target in free agency to fill a need after the release of Nigel Bradham:

Cory Littleton, Los Angeles Rams: Littleton seems to be exactly the kind of athlete the Eagles would have interest in as at linebacker. Excellent against the pass, he is a similar playmaker to Jordan Hicks, but without the health concerns. Littleton has totaled 7.5 sacks, 22 pass deflections, two forced fumbles and 4 fumble recoveries over the last two seasons. The Eagles don’t often invest big resources into the linebacker position, but if they do, Littleton is exactly the kind of player they would being willing to do it for. 
Nick Kwiatkoski, Chicago Bears: A player the Eagles had interest in before, Kwiatkoski has shown some potential for the Bears when he has been able to get on the field — which isn’t often. Kwiatkoski has never played more than 48% of the snaps on defense for the Bears, and twice has been below 30%. That likely has more to do with the talent the Bears have on defense as opposed to Kwiatkoski’s ability to play. A great athlete with good size at 6-foot-2, 243 pounds, Kwiatkoski would be a very low-risk signing for the Eagles. 
Blake Martinez, Green Bay Packers: A tackle machine, Martinez has totaled over 140 tackles each of the last three seasons. Part of the reason Martinez has been so productive is simply his ability to stay on the field, as he has not missed a game since 2016, something that will certainly be attractive to the Eagles. Martinez could be a nice replacement for Nigel Bradham. 
David Mayo, New York Giants: There wasn’t much to be impressed with last season on the Giants’ defense, but Mayo was one player who had a solid season. Finishing with 80 tackles, two sacks and two pass deflections, Pro Football Focus had him ranked as the 25th best linebacker in the league last season overall. That wasn’t the result of Mayo shining in limited snaps — he played 631 snaps last season. Unlikely to command much money on the open market, Mayo could be a steal for any team out there that brings him in. 
Reggie Ragland, Kansas City Chiefs: A backup for the Chiefs last season, Ragland was still semi-productive, getting 10 pressures, 29 tackles and four tackles for a loss. A second-round pick out of Alabama, Ragland could be a player that just needs more of a chance and a change of scenery to reach he potential so many thought he had coming out of college. 
Kevin Minter, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Like Ragland, Minter is a former second-round pick that has failed to meet expectations so far in the NFL. Minter has already been with three teams in seven seasons, but was productive for the Arizona Cardinals during the two seasons (2015 and 2016) he got more than 85% of the snaps. Those two seasons Minter totaled four sacks, four pass deflections, one forced fumble and 17 tackles for a loss. Since then, however, Minter has been relegated to a backup role. At 29-years old, Minter would bring some experience to the Eagles otherwise young linebacker group.   
Mychal Kendricks, Seattle Seahawks: Kendricks and the Eagles didn’t separate on the best of terms, as the linebacker was not happy with how much playing time he was getting. Kendricks is unlikely to get an offer from another team that guarantees a starting job, and his familiarity with the Eagles — and his love for the city itself — could persuade him to come back. Kendricks had a solid season for the Seahawks last season, totaling 3.0 sacks, 71 tackles, eight tackles for a loss and four pass deflections in 61% of the snaps.