Eagles Rumored to Be Out of Star Free Agent's Price Range

The Philadelphia Eagles aren't expected to snag one top free agent unless they increase their budget.

Feb 27, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman during the
Feb 27, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman during the / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles enter 2024 free agency as one of the major players on the market. They're a legit Super Bowl contender with cap space, making them one of the top landing spots for players hoping to get a ring or paid (or both).

It'd be no surprise if Philly lands a big name or two when free agency opens, but it appears there's one veteran who might be too pricey.

ESPN's Jordan Raanan reported on the market for New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley ahead of legal tampering opening Monday. Raanan said the Eagles, while interested, "aren't expected to reach Barkley's price point."

Those around the league that Raanan talked to are in disagreement on what Barkley could ultimately command, with one source estimating around $8 million per year while another came in much higher at $12-14 million. Raanan added "most" see three years and $30 million is what it'll take to land the two-time Pro Bowler.

Now, Philadelphia has the money to sign Barkley if it wants. As free agency prepares to open, Over the Cap projects the Eagles at over $42 million in space, which ranks in the top 10.

However, there are more pressing needs than inking an elite running back. And the position has become so devalued around the league that Philly very well could sign (or draft) a player who's less of a big name yet provides similar production.

Of course, Barkley is an incredible talent few can match. But getting close to a star's output while paying much less is the dream every front office hopes for, and running back has proven to be one of the best positions to take that chance.

It's seems as though Howie Roseman would like to sign Barkley, but for the right price. This is the best approach to ensure a team doesn't overpay with other areas of the roster to address.

Although, considering the potential sizable role and opportunity on a championship-caliber squad, perhaps Barkley is willing to accept less. Eagles fans will just have to wait and see how his market shapes up when free agency opens.

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