Philadelphia Eagles: Free agent options in the AFC West

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With the 2021 offseason around the corner, there is a ton of talented players looking for a new contract in free agency. For the Philadelphia Eagles, they won’t be spending a ton of money with their current cap situation, so they’ll be looking for the big bargain free agents.

There are needs everywhere on this Eagles team on both sides of the ball, so addressing anything would be a good starting point. Teams won’t be able to keep everyone on their team, which gives the Eagles a chance to swoop in and snag one of them. Here are some of the free agent options from the AFC West the Eagles should do their homework on.

Denver Broncos: Jake Butt, TE

If there’s anything about the Philadelphia Eagles, it’s that they always like to have depth at the tight end position. As we enter the 2021 offseason, the future of every tight end on the roster is uncertain.

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Zach Ertz has one year left on his deal, but it’s very likely he is not on the roster in 2021.

Dallas Goedert enters the last year of his rookie deal, and it’s very likely he gets a contract extension.

Richard Rodgers enters free agency and is pushing 30.

All three of these players were major focal points of the offense at times in 2020, and not being sure of their future is not very ideal. If anything, at least one will not be an Eagle in 2021, and they’ll look to add more to it.

This is where Denver Broncos tight end Jake Butt comes into play. Back at the University of Michigan, he was regarded as one of the best tight ends going into the 2017 NFL Draft. Then injury struck, and a torn ACL dropped his draft status to a fifth-round pick. The production was never there, and he’s found himself buried behind Noah Fant and Albert Okwuegbunam on the Broncos tight end depth chart.

If anything, Butt is worth a look on a very low, one-year deal to come in and be the TE3 for the Philadelphia Eagles. With Nick Sirianni coming in and his high utilization of multiple tight end sets, there could be a place in this offense for Jake Butt.