Oct 3, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns strong safety T.J. Ward (43) celebrates after beating the Buffalo Bills 37-24 at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Philadelphia Eagles not expected to pursue Jairus Byrd or TJ Ward


The Philadelphia Eagles tried to go out and form a ‘Dream Team’ a few years ago but that plan blew up in their faces and ended up eventually costing the jobs of Joe Banner and Andy Reid. But now that the Eagles are a force to be reckoned with in the NFC, many are wondering if they’ll splurge a little to bring in some key talent to make the team even more dangerous than it was in 2013.

One such position is at safety and the Eagles could be looking at brining on T.J. Ward to Jairus Byrd when free agency kicks off next week. Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News has other ideas though, noting that a run a Byrd is possible but signing either top-tier free agent isn’t likely.

Maybe the Eagles will shock me and make a run at Byrd, but I doubt it. Maybe they’ll shock me and make a run at the other top free-agent safety, T.J. Ward, but I doubt that even more. Ward is a box safety who isn’t even a good scheme fit for Bill Davis’ defense.

The Eagles are putting together a niche team — and by that I mean the Eagles have a system more so than any other system in the NFL that needs certain types of players for things to work. Byrd and Ward are top safeties and the Eagles need a safety for 2014.

Needing and wanting are already two things the Eagles have found a way to separate and that will continue when it comes to Ward and Byrd.

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