Is Edelman a Fit in Philadelphia?

Posted: January 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Heading into 2013, little was expected out of New England Patriots’ WR Julian Edelman. The fifth-year veteran out of Kent State was coming off of a relatively limited year with just 21 receptions for 235 yards and 3 touchdowns. But, with the departure of Wes Welker for Denver, the loss of Aaron Hernandez, and the continued health issues with Rob Gronkowski, the former Kent State quarterback emerged as one of the most dangerous weapons in the NFL. After never catching more than 37 passes since 2009, Edelman exploded for 105 catches to go with 1056 yards and 6 touchdowns. It is now clear that the once forgotten veteran could be one of the hottest free agent targets this spring. One team that should consider Edelman a potential fit is the Philadelphia Eagles.

Chip Kelly’s offense, as dynamic as it is in its own right, was neutered a bit this past season by the lack of secondary weapons for Nick Foles to throw to. Yes, LeSean McCoy, Zach Ertz, Brent Celek, DeSean Jackson, and Riley Cooper are talented targets. But, the Eagles sorely lacked that shifty, Welker’esque threat on third down who can find the first down marker, make the catch a yard or two in front of it, and then explode for eleven on 3rd down and 10. Anyone who watches Edelman every Sunday knows that this is one of the most dynamic and elusive receivers in the game today. His ability to make defenders miss both in the passing game and on returns would be an invaluable addition to Kelly’s team.

Yes, Jeremy Maclin is still property of the Eagles. But, the veteran’s knee issues coupled with his own impending free agency raises significant questions about his potential impact in 2014. I also appreciate what Jason Avant has done for this team over the past ten years. If the former Michigan Wolverine is willing to take a pay cut and play solely in a fourth/blocking receiver role, then by all means he is welcome to return. But, if the Eagles are serious about gunning for a spot in Super Bowl XLIX, they must consider adding to their receiving corps this offseason. Edelman is just the talent that the Eagles need in a slot receiver. An offensive formation with McCoy in the backfield, Jackson, Cooper, and Edelman at receiver, and Ertz at tight end would be nearly uncoverable; especially with a quarterback as proficient as Nick Foles getting them the ball.

Whether or not the Eagles feel that they need to upgrade at wide receiver remains in doubt. Though, one would think that they are either going to bring Maclin back or find someone to replace him. If they decide to go with the latter, then the best option available might just be a guy that any of the 31 other NFL teams could have had for chump change last year. Julian Edelman is the real deal, and we better all get used to saying that. For Philadelphia, he could just be the answer to their slot receiver woes.

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