One week into free agency, most of the top targets are off the board. The Eagles addressed wide receiver and offensive line depth, but they still have holes at cornerback, defensive line, and potentially running back. So who’s left at those positions? Here are some of the top free agents available:
Morris Claiborne, 27, Dallas Cowboys
Claiborne arrived in Dallas with high expectations as the No. 6 overall pick in the 2012 draft. He has started 43 career games and struggled through inconsistencies and injuries, but Claiborne lived up to his hype last season by playing at a high level before suffering a groin injury. Claiborne has been linked to the Baltimore Ravens this week.
Nickell Robey-Coleman, 25, Buffalo Bills
At 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds, Robey-Coleman is a slot cornerback. He has played well in that role at times during the past four years and played every game during that period. The Bills even gave him a contract extension in August 2015, but they cut him earlier this month. He was benched in November. He played for Jim Schwartz in 2014, the season before he earned the contract.
Sterling Moore, 27, New Orleans Saints
Moore has 31 career starts for four teams since entering the NFL as an undrafted rookie in 2011. The Saints started him in 12 games last season after he joined the team in September. He has experience both outside and inside and in different systems, but he has not been able to find a steady home.
Alterraun Verner, 28, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Verner was cut by the Bucs last month after three seasons of a four-year, $26.5 million contract. The 5-10, 187-pound former Pro Bowler has started 70 career games. He was initially signed to play in a Tampa-2 defense and fits best in a scheme that uses off coverage.
Note: This list does not include Kansas City’s Dontari Poe, who is a two-time Pro Bowler, one of the top free agents available, and likely unaffordable for the Eagles. Poe is visiting the Miami Dolphins.
Johnathan Hankins, 24, New York Giants
One of the best free agents remaining on the market, Hankins would be a good fit for the Eagles at defensive tackle if they were somehow able to make the money work. But given the one-year deal that Bennie Logan just signed in Kansas City, it might be unrealistic. However, the former second-round pick is a big-bodied (6-2, 320), penetrating defensive tackle who had seven sacks in 2014, has started 41 career games, and is still only 24.
Jared Odrick, 29, Jacksonville Jaguars
The former Penn State standout has already logged seven NFL seasons and was released by the Jaguars after two years of a five-year, $42.5 million contract. He is versatile enough to play both defensive end and defensive tackle, and has been productive when healthy, including four seasons with at least 4.5 sacks. He missed 10 games last year because of elbow and shoulder injuries.
Devin Taylor, 27, Detroit Lions
In Schwartz’s last season as Lions head coach, he invested a fourth-round pick in Taylor. The 6-7, 275-pound defensive end has 15 sacks in four seasons. He started all 16 games for the Lions last year and finished with 4.5 sacks. He has size and experience in the scheme.
Adrian Peterson, 31, Minnesota Vikings
A description is not needed for the future Hall of Fame running back who is a seven-time Pro Bowler. Peterson is still on the market, and the right deal is probably not available in Philadelphia. But any list of free-agent running backs must include Peterson.
Latavius Murray, 27, Oakland Raiders
At 27, the 6-3, 230-pound Murray is younger than the other featured running backs on the market and doesn’t have the same wear-and-tear, with only 543 carries. Murray averages 4.2 yards per carry in his three-season career and had 788 yards and 12 touchdowns in 14 games last year. Murray is visiting the Vikings as a potential Peterson replacement, according to ESPN.
Jamaal Charles, 30, Kansas City Chiefs
One of the most dynamic running backs of the past decade, Charles has an eye-popping career average of 5.5 yards per carry in nine NFL seasons. He excelled for Kansas City while Doug Pederson was the offensive coordinator, so that background is why Charles was linked to the Eagles after he was released from Kansas City. But Charles has played only eight games the past two seasons, and the Eagles might be looking for a younger option.
LeGarrette Blount, 30, New England Patriots
Blount is not a younger option, but he’s coming off his best NFL season (299 carries, 1,161 yards, 18 touchdowns). At 6-0 and 250 pounds, Blount is a power back who is effective in goal-line situations.