Report: Eagles set to aggressively pursue a cornerback in free agency, Cowboys Byron Jones and Broncos Chris Harris Jr. two names to watch
22 January 2020 Eagles News
One position that’s haunted the Philadelphia Eagles the last decade is cornerback. Going into this new season and decade, they’re ready to finally correct this issue.
According to a report on Pro Football Talk, the Eagles are ready to go big after cornerbacks this offseason. The main two free agent cornerbacks are Chris Harris and Byron Jones.
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However, Tony Pauline, who reported this, said the Eagles are expected to turn over every rock at cornerback this free agency. The Eagles are set to answer their problem at cornerback before the draft.
With that being said, there is a big glaring need at cornerback as Ronald Darby is likely to be off the roster, Jalen Mills is a question mark right now and players like Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas haven’t been given the chances to play as much as you’d like them too. Based off of that, the Eagles would love to bolster this group and bring in a few more faces.
Jones is an intriguing name for the Eagles. He’s kind of been an underrated player for the last few seasons. He doesn’t have the statistics but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been a solid football player. In Jim Schwartz’s scheme, Jones is an ideal cornerback. Unlike a lot of the cornerbacks on the roster right now, Jones can go press man coverage successfully.
In terms of Harris, he’s more of a slot cornerback. Don’t make a mistake about it; he’s very solid. However, the one position the Eagles have a lot more stable slot cornerback situation. Avonte Maddox could slot in there if needed and cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc has looked great there when he’s played.
We all know overpaying for a cornerback can come back to bite you, so the Eagles do have to be careful. A player like Jones would be a great addition to the Eagles roster. They’re practically one really good cornerback from a much improved defense and as you can see, it looks like they want to fix that problem even before the draft.
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