Thursday, February 14, 2013
Safety possibilities for Philly
By Tim Kavanagh
There's been a considerable amount of debate over whether the Philadelphia Eagles will be running a 4-3 or 3-4 on defense in Year One of the Chip Kelly Experience. Kelly hinted that it'd be an odd-man front, and the hire of Billy Davis only increased the thought in that direction. However, as many have now pointed out, Davis has experience working with a 4-3 scheme as well, and the true nature of the Eagles' 2013 defense may well be that of a hybrid attack. But no matter what's going on up front, they need some help at the safety position.
Tim McManus of Birds 24/7 ran down an exhaustive list of the free agent options available this offseason, including William Moore, Ed Reed, Jairus Byrd, Louis Delmas, LaRon Landry, Dashon Goldson and Glover Quin. The Eagles aren't necessarily linked to any of these players, but they'll certainly be doing their homework on all of them leading up to the opening of the free agent market. There's a particular one that may be quite attractive to the Eagles and other safety-needy teams, but that may be all but assured of remaining with his current club:
Dan GrazianoByrd is the word
"My favorite name on the list is Jairus Byrd, but after they released George Wilson the other day, I think it's pretty certain the Bills will keep Byrd now."