Juqua Parker became the first of the Eagles' unrestricted free agents to ink a deal elsewhere when he signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Browns, according to several reports.
Parker will be reunited with Tom Heckert, who was the Eagles general manager when the team signed the defensive end seven years ago. In seven seasons here Parker recorded 36.5 sacks in 105 games, but his production slipped last season.
The 33-year old was never going to be a part of the Eagles' plans for next season. Right now, the defensive end rotation for the Eagles would consist of starters Trent Cole and Jason Babin and reserves Brandon Graham, Darryl Tapp and Phillip Hunt.
Graham's recovery from Dec. 2010 knee surgery will be one of the major off-season stories for the Eagles. Tapp is due a significant roster bonus on April 8, so there is a chance he may have to restructure his contract again. Hunt, a former product of the CFL, could benefit from a full off-season with the Eagles.
There are still eight other Eagles free agents that have yet to ink new deals. Guard Evan Mathis, the most-sought after of the group, is visiting Baltimore today. The Eagles are hoping to keep Mathis in tow. Defensive tackle Derek Landri has yet to schedule any visits, but it is expected that he'll get a call sometime soon. He, too, could return.
There was a report that the New York Jets were interested in running back Ronnie Brown. He won't be back in Philadelphia.
The rest, though, remain in limbo. Vince Young is still available, although the market for quarterbacks is expected to heat up over the next few days. Wide receiver Steve Smith will have to prove to some other team that his knee is healthy.
Defensive tackle Trevor Laws, tackle King Dunlap and fullback Owen Schmitt will probably have to sit on the sidelines for a little while longer until the top free agents find homes. There is the possibility that each could return but only after the Eagles have addressed their most pressing needs.
The oft-injured Victor Abiamiri will have trouble catching on somewhere. The defensive end has missed the last two seasons with various leg injuries.