The Philadelphia Eagles fanbase has been buzzing ever since ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Vic Fangio is expected to be hired as the team's new defensive coordinator. The Eagles' defense was among one of the worst units in 2023, resulting in optimism that Fangio can help turn things around.
It'll be interesting to see what impact Fangio has on Philly's defense — especially from a personnel perspective. He's a highly respected DC who knows how to get the most out of his players, which is why it wouldn't be surprising if some Miami Dolphins players he coached last season would love to follow him to the City of Brotherly Love.
With that in mind, here are three Dolphins who Fangio could potentially lure to the Eagles this spring.
1. Jerome Baker, OLB
The Eagles' linebacker room was decimated by injuries throughout the 2023 season. Nakobe Dean, Zach Cunningham, and Nicholas Morrow all missed time throughout the campaign, highlighting the need to beef up the unit with even more depth in 2024.
That's why Fangio should do what he can to lure Dolphins outside linebacker Jerome Baker.
Baker has been with Miami since he was drafted 73rd overall in 2018, but he's set to test free agency this offseason. Although the former Ohio State product didn't have his most productive year, he was still decent, racking up 78 solo tackles, 1.5 sacks, three defended passes, and a career-high two interceptions in 13 games.
Even if the last season wasn't Baker's best, it might work out in the Eagles' favor. A down year likely means he won't make close to the $14.8 million cap hit he carried in 2023, which works for a Philadelphia team that has $18.7 million in cap space, per Spotrac. If the Eagles can get him to bounce back on a cheaper deal, it could be the steal of the offseason.
Besides, with Dean, Nolan Smith, and Hasson Reddick all in the fold, less attention would be on Baker, potentially allowing him to return to his usual production levels.