The Eagles quietly went about adding value to the roster this spring but one free agent signing continues to entice a negative reaction.
Philadelphia signed Joe Flacco with the understanding that he’d provide competition and a mentor to second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts. Flacco joined the Eagles after a lackluster season with the Jets.
The Athletic recently looked at the worst offseason move for all 32 NFL teams, and the Super Bowl champion quarterback made the list for Philadelphia.
The Eagles signed three players during the opening week of free agency. Andrew Adams is a depth safety/special teamer who joined on the cheap. OK. Anthony Harris is a starting-caliber player at a major position of need who also has familiarity with the new defensive staff. Great. But Joe Flacco? Why? Sure, the Eagles need a backup for Jalen Hurts, but based on Flacco’s level of play since Lamar Jackson took his job, there’s little difference between him and the other veteran backups who were still on the market weeks later. Heck, even Nick Mullens, whom the Eagles signed in late June, would have been a fine No. 2 for a team that should only be concerned with the long term. Flacco’s skill set is so contrary to Hurts’, which makes the eagerness to sign him all the more confusing. — Bo Wulf
The addition of Flacco was necessary because the Eagles needed another quarterback, but head-scratching when Howie Roseman could have landed Mullens for $2 million less.
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