Eagles Players Actively Recruiting Star Cornerback to Philly

The Eagles know that they must upgrade the secondary during the NFL offseason. That's why three Philly players are trying to recruit one of this year's top free agents: CB L'Jarius Sneed.
Three Eagles players are reportedly recruiting Chiefs CB L'Jarius Sneed.
Three Eagles players are reportedly recruiting Chiefs CB L'Jarius Sneed. / Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has a busy few weeks ahead of him with NFL free agency opening on March 13.

Fans are hoping that Roseman can upgrade certain areas of the roster, especially when it comes to the secondary after the Eagles struggled to defend the pass throughout the 2023 campaign. Philadelphia could use some elite help to defend the pass next season, and it looks like certain Eagles players already have one ballhawk that they're actively recruiting.

Eagles Rumors: Philly Recruiting CB L'Jarius Sneed

Sportskeeda's Tony Pauline reports that three Eagles players are attempting to recruit Kansas City Chiefs cornerback L'Jarius Sneed, who's a free agent in March. The three players in question are running back Boston Scott, defensive lineman Milton Williams, and tight end Griffin Herbert — all of whom were Sneed's teammates during their time at Louisiana Tech.

While any recruitment process is far from a guarantee, there could be a fire behind this smoke. On Saturday, Sneed posted a picture to Instagram with his arms spread out, which isn't all that interesting until you realize that the caption is a lone eagle emoji.

It isn't difficult to love the potential impact Sneed could have on the Eagles' secondary. The 27-year-old defensive playmaker was great for the Chiefs, only allowing 51 receptions on 100 targets (51.0%) for 478 yards without a touchdown in 16 regular-season starts in 2023.

Quarterbacks only had a 56.2 passer rating when throwing the ball Sneed's way, which is the same mark that New York Jets third-string QB Tim Boyle finished with. The ex-Louisiana Tech CB also added 60 solo tackles, 14 defended passes, and a pair of interceptions while finishing with a 72.5 defense grade on Pro Football Focus — 30th among 127 eligible cornerbacks.

Meanwhile, opponents had a field day throwing against the Eagles last season. Philadelphia finished the year ranked 30th in terms of passing yards allowed per game and 19th in yards given up per reception after finishing first in both statistics in 2022.

The secondary struggles were made even more evident when Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Baker Mayfield torched Philly for 337 passing yards in the Wild Card Round, resulting in the Eagles' postseason elimination.

Can the Eagles Afford L'Jarius Sneed?

Now that his rookie deal is over, Sneed is looking to get paid this offseason.

After winning his second Super Bowl ring, the former 2020 fourth-rounder is projected to earn $16.3 million per season on his new contract, per Spotrac. The good news is that last week's salary cap news means the Eagles now have just over $32.4 million to work with this offseason. Of course, restructuring contracts can open up even more money.

So, yes: the Eagles can definitely afford an elite player of Sneed's caliber.

Hopefully, the former Lousiana Tech trio's history is good enough to lure Sneed to the Eagles. His presence would go a long way toward helping deliver another title to the City of Brotherly Love.

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