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EAGLES TOP FREE AGENTS' SIGNINGS



Chauncey Gardner-Johnson – Safety/Nickel Corner ...could lead the league in interceptions in 2024. Photo by Andy Lewis.

Top 3 Signings

Saquon Barkley – Running Back- 3 years, $37.5 million, $26 million guaranteed

The Eagles have had front row seats to the Saquon Barkley experience with him playing his high school and college football in their backyard and his entire professional career suiting up for an NFC East rival.


With all the information and resources at their disposal Roseman bucked his recent trend of bargain shopping at the running back position and gave Barkley a contract that places him within the top 5 highest paid running backs in the league.


Barkley isn’t the same back he was coming out of Penn State in 2018 putting up a league leading 2,028 yards from scrimmage along with 15 touchdowns, but he’s 1 year removed from powering the Giants to the postseason with 1,650 total yards with 10 touchdowns.


Even with the Kelce departure this is undoubtedly the best line he will ever run behind, and Hurts is the best QB he’ll have worked with too.


Injuries are always a concern with Barkley missing time in every season besides his rookie year, but the swing was worth it for Philadelphia who are competing for Super Bowls, something Barkley has been waiting patiently to do.




5348: Saquon Barkley – Running Back signed a 3 year, $37.5 million deal with $26 million guaranteed. Photo by Andy Lewis

Bryce Huff – Outside Linebacker/EDGE – 3 years, $51.1 million, $34 million guaranteed

If there is one thing you can always bet on Roseman addressing with strong resources, it’s building out the trenches on both sides of the ball. Injecting this unit with more youth and pass rush ability, especially with Haason Reddick trade rumors swirling, was an opportunity that they couldn’t pass up.


Huff is a classic bet on the potential signing the Eagles have nailed several times under Roseman reminiscent of the Timmy Jernigan, Javon Hargrave, and Haason Reddick signings. These were all recognizably talented players who the Eagles got quality deals done on and put them in positions to exceed their contractual value with their play on the field.


Huff has been a situational pass rusher playing limited snaps to this point but made the most out of every opportunity posting the 2nd highest pressure rate in the NFL in back-to-back seasons with the Jets.


Huff will have to play better against the run in order to earn the jump in snaps expected for him in Philly, but Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio surely has a role carved out for him to impact 2024.


Chauncey Gardner-Johnson – Safety/Nickel Corner – 3 years, worth up to $33 million

Gardner-Johnson, or as he is commonly known to fans as CJGJ, was a fan favorite in Philadelphia during the Eagles 2022 season where he led the league in interceptions despite missing five games.


After the Super Bowl run it seemed all but obvious for a long-term deal to get done but contract restructures with Cornerbacks Darius Slay and James Bradberry left little money to bring him back.


The divorce got a bit messy on social media with fans and CJGJ tossing barbs but nothing too damaging to prevent a reunion that plugs a big hole and brings a player back to a city where he put up career numbers. 


Health is once again a big question mark with him missing 14 games last season with Detroit with a torn pec muscle in Week 2, but no contract is without its risk and the fiery Gardner-Johnson has proven he’s always worth the risk.


 Big 1-year DealsDevin White – Linebacker – 1 year, $7.5 million maxWhite is an athletic and rangy undersized linebacker who has had some quality moments since entering the league in 2019 but hasn’t quite lived up to the hype of being the 5th player overall selected.


His play against the run and in coverage leave a bit left to desired but has shown a lot of juice racking up 25 sacks in 76 games.


 Zack Baun – EDGE/Outside Linebacker – 1-year, unknown valueBaun was misused and miscast in New Orleans for the first 3.5 seasons of his career as an off-ball linebacker and he struggled mightily in that role. Over the last 6 weeks of 2023 he was finally used as a pass rush specialist, a role he played in college at Wisconsin, notching 2 sacks, 2 QB hits, and 11 hurries.


 Matt Hennessy – Center/Guard – 1 year, $1.75 MillionAfter leaving Temple in 2020 as a 3rd Round pick by Atlanta he has started 22 of his 41 career games with center/guard flexibility. He’ll have to prove he can stay healthy, put provides major depth at positions of need.  *

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