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Could Vanden Bosch fit Eagles' needs?

One of the only things Eagles fans can agree on this offseason is that the Birds could use some pass-rushing help opposite defensive end Trent Cole.

Could Vanden Bosch fit Eagles' needs?

Titans DE Kyle Vanden Bosch volunteers building a playground last week. (AP Photo / Tom DiPace)
Titans DE Kyle Vanden Bosch volunteers building a playground last week. (AP Photo / Tom DiPace)

One of the only things Eagles fans can agree on this offseason is that the Birds could use some pass-rushing help opposite defensive end Trent Cole.

The Inquirer's Bob Brookover wrote about Julius Peppers yesterday, and in an online poll, 75 percent of you said that the Eagles should pursue the Panthers' defensive end.

With players most likely needing six years of service to qualify for unrestricted free agency, the group of available players would shrink significantly in an uncapped year.

But Scout.com's Adam Caplan wonders whether the Titans' Kyle Vanden Bosch could fit the Eagles' needs. Caplan caught up with Vanden Bosch last week at the Pro Bowl to gauge his interest on potentially playing in Philadelphia.

"Well, sure, yeah. They have a good team and a good defense. I'm familiar with them," he said.

Vanden Bosch had just three sacks last season and 4.5 in 2008 after a three-year stretch in which he piled up 31.

With eight years of service time, he would become an unrestricted free agent on March 5 if the Titans do not re-sign him, something Vanden Bosch did not sound optimistic of last week.

"There’s a better chance than not this is it," Vanden Bosch told The Tennessean. "The Titans have given me no indication that they would like to re-sign me, so mentally and physically I have been preparing like I am going to free agency. I have been working out hard and maybe it is a time for a fresh start somewhere else."

Eagles offensive tackle Jason Peters had an interesting take on Vanden Bosch after lining up against him in the Pro Bowl.

"He's 100 miles an hour every play, so it's almost like I played a whole game," Peters told Les Bowen of the Daily News. "Everybody else is 50 percent, he's going 100."

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