Eagles Free Agency: Five tight ends the team should aim for
We are only five days from the start of the freelance agency, and while the trade rumors surrounding Zach Ertz continue, it is probably a good time to look for potential successors. The good news for the Eagles is that this year’s crop isn’t exactly littered with elite talent delivering a bucket of bargains for a team that is tight on cash. With that in mind, here are five free agents worth considering.
A name that should be known to everyone by now, Trey Burton, was the moderator of the Philly Special and should definitely be on the shortlist here. While his stay in Chicago was marked by ups and downs, he reunited with Frank Reich in Indianapolis last year to settle 250 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also worked under the new Eagles Head Coach Nick Sirianni, as well as the team’s new TE trainer.
Burton offers reception benefits (as fans well know) and will be one of the cheaper options on the marketT. Being familiar with a head coach is one thing, but a Super Bowl ring with that team and a firm seat at the back Dallas Goedert on the depth map as TE2? It’s almost too good to be true!
Another Colts TE wants to join the free agency (provided Indy does not bring him back to a cheap RFA tender), Mo Alie-Cox could be the best of the bargain bucket. At 6’6, 267 lbs, ‘MAC’ brings big size to the table as a threat to the red zone. He caught 31 passes for 394 yards and a pair of touchdowns last year and received a PFF rating of 81.
Like Burton Alie-Cox knows two Eagles trainers and it is clear that both see something in the former basketball player who had his best season ever in 2020 and could stand out from the crowd and become the leading TE option for Phillip Rivers.
Alie-Cox is a less likely option given its RFA status and could command a future second-round player if tendered, but there’s no denying that he might be prepared for a breakout on the old TE2 course at Dallas Goedert.
When you hear ‘chargers tight ends’ think about Hunter Henry and freak athlete Donald Parham. Stephen Anderson is the forgotten son who, as a blocker, has many advantages. Why is that important? While Dallas Goedert lives from chipping and to help his O-Line, the Eagles are going to need him to really build on his resume received over the next year, rather than Zach Ertzwhich means that finding a reliable inline blocker is pretty important.
He’s a little shorter at 6’3, 230 lbs, But what he brings to the table is a lot of athleticism. Anderson can get to the second level in a hurry while blocking and plays without fear. He has no problem colliding with a linebacker, a defensive end, or driving a DB five meters across the field.
Are you ready for the big wildcard? Anderson finished his season last year with 106 yards, but 80 of them were after the catch!
Oh, and there’s a connection with the Eagles’ offensive coordinator Shane Steichen.
I would love everything about this move for a player to match Roseman’s “28 year old” free agent prototype.
It is rare for Arizona to thrive on a tight end, however Arnold’s career year 2020 was enough to get attention. Like Mo Alie-Cox, he caught 31 passes, but for 438 yards and 4 touchdowns.
It is not mentioned in the same discussions as Travis Kelce or George Kittle anytime soon and was never considered a preferred destination Kyler Murray, it makes his season so much more impressive. Arnold never caught more than 4 passes in a single game and isn’t the most conspicuous player on the field, but when asked to, he delivered.
At 6’6, 220 lbs, Arnold is the perfect size (and identical to Alie-Cox) to become a Red Zone weapon in Sirianni’s attack. It would be almost the perfect consolidation if the Mo Alie-Cox team can’t win.
Replace Zach Ertz with Manhertz, I have it.
Te 6’6, 255 lbs, TE easily ranks among the best blocking tight ends in the NFL and if our theory that Nick Sirianni full Beyblade (let it rip!) Void. If the Eagles design another tight ending, that’s a young space moving forward. Chris Manhertz is now an eight year old vet who will never again challenge becoming the lead TE of a team, but he will deal with anything that gets in his way and for a team that wants to revive a previously stagnant running game, it could be a perfect fit for walking in and opening up a few lanes for Miles Sanders.