After a disappointing end to the 2023 season, the Philadelphia Eagles will be looking to retool their roster in the offseason.
The Eagles made significant changes to their coaching staff for next season, firing Sean Desai and Brian Johnson while hiring Vic Fangio and Kellen Moore to replace them.
With Philadelphia having new coordinators, it will be up to Eagles GM Howie Roseman to bring in free agents on both sides of the ball to get this team back to the Super Bowl. The Eagles also have 18 unrestricted free agents that they must decide to keep in Midnight Green or let go to another team.
Below, we’ll highlight five free-agent targets for the Eagles this offseason in no particular order of importance.
1. D’Andre Swift
The Eagles would be smart to bring back Swift after the great season he had in the City of Brotherly Love.
The hometown kid showed up for the Birds and brought an explosiveness to the backfield, which they didn’t have with Miles Sanders. Swift recorded a career-high 1,049 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns on 229 carries.
The former Detroit Lions running back wasn’t a huge factor in the passing game this season with the Eagles (39 receptions for 214 yards and a touchdown). However, Swift proved to the rest of the NFL that he could stay healthy for an entire season, which has been an issue over his career.
Philadelphia did not pay Sanders last offseason, who signed a lucrative four-year deal with the Carolina Panthers, and caught lightning in a bottle with a draft day trade to get Swift. They might not get lucky again this offseason, so it would be in their best interest to re-sign the Philly native and have him be a part of their young core on offense.
The good thing for the Eagles is that there are a lot of other quality running backs (Derrick Henry, Tony Pollard, Saquon Barkley) on the free-agent market, so they might get Swift at a respectable number.
Running back has become a position where NFL teams believe they can just throw anybody behind their offensive line and have success, which happens from time to time. However, the Eagles need to re-sign Swift, as he could do some fun things in Kellen Moore’s offense.