Eagles should avoid Myles Jack during free agency frenzy

There are always a few surprises every time the NFL New Year kicks off and rumors about where the free agents at the top of the food chain end up start to swirl. There are also the unexpected roster changes that no one saw coming and the “should the Philadelphia Eagles move?” dialogue.

Teams cannot officially put pen to paper with their new signers until 4 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 16. We’ve all been waiting for that introductory press conference with Haason Reddick, but since there are always needs throughout the roster, especially at linebacker, Bobby Wagner’s name has been thrown around in Eagles circles.

No one would be disappointed to see him trade one bird’s nest for another, but if that didn’t happen, the natural continuation of thought would be to wonder what plan B would be. Philadelphia could select one of the better prospects. of the next draft class, but there are also other free agents available.

Throw Myles Jack’s name into this category.

Let’s put an end to the rumors before they start. The Eagles don’t need Myles Jack.

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ decision to release Jack just before the league’s new year isn’t entirely shocking. It wasn’t entirely planned either. Credit ESPN’s Adam Schefter for breaking the news.

The Jags’ leading tackle during the 2021 campaign, Jack has 108 total saves, but calling him a game wrecker would be a bit of an overstatement. Skipping him puts $4.8 million in dead money on Jacksonville’s payroll, but it also cleans up just under $8.5 million that the Jags could use to look elsewhere and help pay. the $229.5 million they traded on March 14.

As mentioned, the Eagles have a need at linebacker, but they would be in a better position to pursue Wagner or consider landing Devin Lloyd or Nakobe Dean at the next draft meeting. Jack is talented, but that hasn’t translated into stellar play in pass coverage (he hasn’t counted an interception or pass deflection in 2021) or Jags wins over the past two seasons.

The Jags, for the second year in a row, select in the first overall draft, and while it might not be the deepest form of analysis, catching the Jacksonville rejects doesn’t seem like the best route to success for an Eagles team looking to build on a playoff appearance to close out the 2021-22 season.

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