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While the Eagles still have No. 1 cornerback Darius Slay — who is very familiar with Golladay from their shared time together in Detroit — the Giants also have Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton to contend with at wide receiver.
The Washington Football Team has also added depth at wide receiver this offseason with former Carolina Panthers playmaker Curtis Samuel. And, of course, the Cowboys already have three stellar wideouts in Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb.
The Eagles need to find a way to stop two or three exceptional wide receivers in six of their most meaningful games every season for the foreseeable future. Slay and Harris are going to need help on the backend, and the Eagles can provide some relief by adding a cornerback or two in free agency.
Here are four free-agent cornerback options who remain on the open market:
Jackson will meet with the Giants on Sunday before taking a trip to the NovaCare Complex on Monday, according to multiple reports. The former first-round pick fizzled out of Tennessee due to durability issues, but it’s clear he has the speed and talent to excel as a starting corner in the NFL. Jackson would be a good option to cover WRs like Gallup, Samuel and Slayton opposite Slay. Just 25, Jackson could be a long-term cornerstone of the secondary.
Alexander has a background with defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon. Alexander became a successful nickel corner when Gannon was the Vikings’ assistant defensive backs coach (2016-17). While Alexander wouldn’t be an option for the outside, he’d surely be an upgrade in the slot. He would be able to match up with Lamb and Shepard across the middle of the field.
Conley, like Jackson, is a former first-round pick who didn’t live up to his promise as a prospect due to injuries and inconsistent play. Conley has really good size (6-0, 190 lbs.) and speed (4.44 40-yard dash time) at the position. While he flamed out in Oakland and Houston, he could be an appealing reclamation project in Philly. Gannon is known for developing cornerback talent, specifically.
King, like Conley and Jackson, would be a high-upside addition. While he’s coming off a forgettable season with the Packers, King has the size (6-3, 200 lbs.) and playmaking ability (six career interceptions) to rebound in Gannon’s presumed zone-heavy scheme. King could be signed to a one-year “prove it” deal, and a bounce-back campaign could lead to a long-term tenure in Philly.
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