Thursday, March 4, 2010

With NFL free agency set to begin, is Aaron Kampman coming to Philly?

With free agency set to begin on Friday, I think it's safe to assume that the Eagles will be pretty active. Rumors out of Philadelphia have linked the Eagles to several defensive ends, running backs and safeties. While a lot of speculation has surrounded the Eagles trading their QB's, the quickest way for the Birds to improve this offseason will be by adding a few veteran free agents.

The first player the Eagles might sign? Defensive end Aaron Kampman. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, league sources believe that the Eagles will sign the former Green Bay Packer. Kampman is widely regarded as the second best defensive end on the market (after Julius Peppers), is a great pass rusher and would be a solid fit for the Eagles defense. There are some concerns about his health, however, given that he missed 7 weeks last season with a torn ACL. He is a great pass rusher in a 4-3 scheme, though, so the Eagles may be willing to look past the injury history for someone with his propensity for getting after the quarterback (40.5 sacks over his last 56 games).

While this rumor appears to be coming from a reasonably reliable source, we of course know not to assume anything in NFL free agency until the player officially signs. While Kampman seems like a logical fit for the Eagles, I'm sure there are a lot of other defensive ends that will get a call from the Birds and a lot of teams that will be interested in Kampman. Time will tell if they get a deal done, but with free agency beginning Friday, we won't have to wait long.

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