Report: Eagles interested in Byron Jones and Chris Harris


The Eagles’ front office and coaching staff is currently Alabama for the Senior Bowl, but rumors are already swirling about how they will spend their $44 million in cap space this offseason. 

Early word is it appears that a good portion of that money will focus on the cornerback position. 

According to Tony Pauline of the Pro Football Network, the Eagles are interested in two of the top cornerbacks expected to hit the free agency market:
Word here in Mobile is that the Philadelphia Eagles will go hard after a cornerback in free agency. Chris Harris and Byron Jones are two of the names being thrown around, but I expect the Eagles to turn over every rock in free agency in an attempt to fill the position.

The Eagles having interest in Harris is not surprising, as they tried to make a deal for the Denver Broncos cornerback prior to the trade deadline this past season. Harris, 5-foot-10, 199 pounds, is 30-years old and has played 148 games in the NFL over the last nine seasons. He has the ability to play both the nickel cornerback spot and the outside, which is likely very appealing to the Eagles. Although his age could be an issue, especially in an offseason where the Eagles are trying to get younger, he would be a somewhat sure-thing in a cornerback room that is full of questions. 

Jones, 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, is going to be one of the top cornerbacks on the market when free agency hits. The 27-year old has great size for the cornerback position and is an elite athlete as well. His lack of production, however, could be concerning as he has only two interceptions and 43 pass deflections in 73 starts with the Dallas Cowboys over the last five seasons.

Whether the Eagles go after Jones, Harris or both remains to be seen, but one thing is clear — they have some major questions at cornerback to deal with this offseason. Both Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby are free agents. It is unlikely the team will hand either Rasul Douglas or Sidney Jones a starting job, and both are candidates to be traded. That leaves only Avonte Maddox and Cre’von LeBlanc as players the team knows they can count on for sure next season. 

Which is why when free agency opens, it would not be surprising at all to see them go hard after multiple cornerbacks — and it seems like they could start with Harris and Jones. 

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