Is Howie Roseman getting ready to make a big splash before Eagles training camp begins later this month?
While anything is possible, as usually Roseman’s big-moves come out of nowhere, four names come to mind first — Jadeveon Clowney, Yannick Ngakoue, Jamal Adams and Jason Peters.
“He's going to be interested in Philadelphia because one of the things and one of the reasons he turned down Cleveland is because he wants to go to a winning team,” Clayton said of Clowney. "He turned down Miami twice because he didn't expect them to be a winning team.”
The Eagles have had multiple chances to add Clowney over the last year, both last offseason and earlier this offseason. The fact they have repeatedly passed does speak somewhat to what they think of Clowney as a player, but if the price is only going to be one-year at around $9-10 million, they might decide that value is too good to pass up.
If the Eagles are going to make a big move at defensive end, however, Ngakoue feels more likely. Ngakoue has already topped at least eight sacks in all four of his seasons in the NFL, totaling 37.5 sacks in four years, and just turned 25-years old. He has 31 quarterback hurries, 29 quarterback knockdowns and 78 total pressures in the last two seasons. There aren’t many players on the defensive side of the ball in the entire league, regardless of position, with a brighter future than Ngakoue. Even with the cap issues they have, if the Eagles do make one big move, Ngakoue feels like the player they would make it for.
Adams is another possibility, simply because he has the Eagles on his list of preferred trade destinations. The chances of the Eagles trading-for-and-signing Adams to a big-time deal seem very slim, but making a move for Adams would certainly qualify as a big move by the team.
The most likely outcome feels like Peters.
Peters is still unsigned this offseason and it seems pretty clear that his preferred destination for the 2020 season is Philadelphia. The Eagles have not closed the door on bringing back Peters, although money seems to be the main roadblock at this point in a reunion. With the training just a few weeks away, perhaps Peters is ready to accept a role as a backup and come to Philadelphia at a discounted rate.
If it is a surprise move, chances are it would be at receiver, considering the need at the position, as opposed to a position like offensive guard or linebacker. Running back LeSean McCoy is a possibility, although it is hard to see that qualifying as a move that would make the Eagles “a lot” better.
Whatever the move is, it seems like we will be finding out this week — and it could perhaps change the outlook on the season.