Mosher's Mailbag: Eagles free-agent targets

Mosher's Mailbag: Eagles free-agent targets
February 8, 2014, 1:00 pm
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25-year-old Jason Worilds recorded eight sacks and forced two fumbles with the Steelers last season. (USA Today Images)

In this edition of Mosher's Mailbag, I answer a question about some potential free-agent targets.

Q. What do you think if the offseason [signings] went: [Jason] Worilds, [safety] T.J. Ward and maybe [Paul] Solai or [B.J.] Raji?

A. That would be a terrific free-agent haul for the Eagles, but I don’t see it happening.

Worilds, the outside linebacker, is the guy I’d keep my eye on. The Steelers want him back, but they have Pro Bowl rush linebacker LaMarr Woodley and first-round pick Jarvis Jones. Worilds usurped the underperforming Jones last year and broke out for eight sacks in 11 starts. He’d be the perfect complement to Connor Barwin in the Eagles’ defense and has 3-4 experience that would enable coordinator Billy Davis to be more creative with his blitzes.

Safeties are in great demand, so Ward, who just made his first Pro Bowl, should be a hot commodity and merit a nice price tag. He might end up being too costly for the Eagles, who have given up on their free-spending ways of the past and are looking to bring in good locker-room fits at bargain prices.

Soliai is an excellent run stuffer, but he’s 30 and the Eagles are moving forward with their three-man line of Cedric Thornton, Bennie Logan and Fletcher Cox. The hunch here is Soliai is still looking for a starting job, and will get one.

Raji is three years younger than Soliai and would be an upgrade over Thornton, but he reportedly turned down an $8-million-annually offer from Green Bay, so his price tag also might be too high for the Eagles. Then again, he might be the kind of young, proven talent at a critical position that Howie Roseman hasn’t ruled out spending big bucks on to sign.

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