The 2022 NFL Draft has come and gone, but the Philadelphia Eagles still have big holes in their secondary. Only by making five choices in total, the Birds were unable to add help for cornerback and safety. The team did make some interesting missed rookie-free agent signings … but the defensive backs are far from safe bets to get on the list, let alone earn meaningful playing time.
And so the Eagles’ best bid to meet some needs could come by revisiting the veteran-free agent market. One player stands out in particular: the Honey Badger, Tyrann Mathieu.
He has only been on pretty much every Eagles fan’s wish list since it was first reported that he withdrew interest from Philly. Mathieu had a “virtual visit”With the Birds in early April. Everything has been quiet on that front since then.
But it looks like Mathieu’s market is heating up again. New Orleans Saints are expected to make a “aggressive push”To bring the Honey Badger back to his hometown. So much so, according to a report from NFL insider Adam Schefter.
It is very possible that Schefy’s source is Mathieu’s agent. He will benefit from creating a market for his client. This report could be an incentive for the Eagles (or other teams) to increase their offer for the triple Pro Bowler … otherwise risk losing the chance to pick him up.
Mathieu would no doubt be a great addition to an Eagles safety space that currently only includes Anthony Harris, Marcus Epps, K’Von Wallace, Andre Chachere and Jared Mayden. Not exactly the most inspiring group. However, Howie Roseman may disagree with that assessment. He had the following to say Saturday night:
“I think where we are in the security position – we have great confidence in Anthony [Harris]. That’s why we brought him back. We have great confidence in Marcus [Epps]. Marcus played really good football for us last year. We have great confidence in K’Von [Wallace]. We took Andre with us [Chachere] here last year we have Jared [Mayden]and we will continue to look at that position.
You know, nothing imminent, but again, we probably have a higher vision of that space than we might perceive. “
If the Eagles do not land the Honey Badger, it is not the case that they have plenty of good alternatives to them. Other remaining free agent securities include the likes of Tashaun Gipson (32), Jason McCourty (34) and Jaquiski Tartt (30).
Chuck Clark – a native Philly – may be a name to watch in the trading market, given that there are rumors that the Ravens are moving him. Keep in mind that Baltimore made Marcus Williams the NFL’s highest paid safety earlier this offseason, before also hitting Kyle Hamilton as No. 14 overall.
Or maybe the Eagles are really just willing to ride it out with the guys they have? It’s not like Jonathan Gannon is necessarily asking his assurances to do a lot on the back end while lining up a billion yards from the ball. But he always could ask them to do more if they were more talented.
Mathieu’s status will continue to be worth monitoring as rumors swirl that the Saints are circling him.