3. Christian Wilkins, DT
Wilkins — the former 13th-overall pick in 2019 — was an absolute beast under Fangio last season, finishing with 38 solo tackles with 10 for lost yardage, two broken-up passes, one forced fumble, and a career-high 9.0 sacks. His breakout performance led to his being named Pro Football Focus' No. 29-ranked interior defender out of 130 eligible players.
After a standout year like that, it's not a shock if Wilkins is looking for a massive payday. In fact, Spotrac lists his projected market value at $20.2 million per season, which is about $2 million more than the Eagles have available. However, that's where our new DC comes in.
Wilkins' breakout campaign came in his lone year under Fangio, proving how important the latter was to that progress. It might just be in Wilkins' best interest to keep that connection going if it means getting even better next season. That's not to say that I expect the 28-year-old to take a major pay cut to play for Fangio again, but I wouldn't be surprised if he'd be willing to take less money than he would elsewhere to keep playing for a DC he thrives with.
If the desire to play for Fangio shaves off a couple of million dollars from Wilkins' asking price, I can see president/general manager Howie Roseman restructuring deals to make the financial figures worth it. After all, a player of Wilkins' caliber could be the difference between an early offseason and another Super Bowl parade down Broad Street.
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