5 targets for Eagles in 2022 NFL free agency

Nick Sirianni, Philadelphia Eagles. (Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Nick Sirianni, Philadelphia Eagles. (Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Tyrann Mathieu, Kansas City Chiefs
Tyrann Mathieu, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles. (Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports) /

Scouting Report. 124. Pick Analysis. S. Kansas City Chiefs. Tyrann Mathieu. 1. player

If the Eagles want to go big game hunting, pursue star safety Tyrann Mathieu

Every team has a player it should swing for the fences over. While the Birds may like McLeod, he is no Honey Badger. Though it will cost an arm and a leg, the Eagles have some cap space to potentially pry Tyrann Mathieu away from the Kansas City Chiefs. This is because they have to get themselves out of salary cap hell, as well as identify which of their players are getting paid first.

Whoever ends up with Mathieu in free agency wins. The borderline hall-of-famer is certainly trending that direction in the middle part of his career. Though he may want to stay with the Chiefs, they are not his first team. He was drafted out of LSU by the Arizona Cardinals and spent a season with the Houston Texans before re-establishing his greatness in front of Chiefs Kingdom.

Ultimately, the Eagles need to add a playmaker or two to close the gap on the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East race without letting the Washington Commanders or even the New York Giants catch up to them. If the Birds had more bite in the back-end of their defense, that might give them an extra game or two they may not have won a season ago. Adding Mathieu might get them the East.

The Eagles may be outbid for Mathieu’s services in free agency, but the juice is worth the squeeze.

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