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Signing Chance Warmack Could Take Eagles Offensive Line To The Next Level

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Should The Eagles Take A Chance On Warmack?

NFL Free Agency begins on Thursday, March 9th. Already, the Eagles have been linked to several players, such as Latavius Murray, Alshon Jeffery, Kenny Stills, and Kenny Britt. One player who has not been a large topic of discussion is Chance Warmack. Warmack, 25, had his 5th year option turned down by the Tennessee Titans, prior to 2016 season. It is looking more likely that he hits the free agent market. The Philadelphia Eagles could be the perfect fit.

Jeff Stoutland

Jeff Stoutland, offensive line coach for the Philadelphia Eagles, worked previously with Warmack at the University of Alabama. In fact, under Stoutland, Warmack went from a 3 star-recruit to NFL first-round draft pick. Warmack started 13 games in both 2011 and 2012. He went on to help win 3 National Championships and was a unanimous All-American in 2012. Stoutland left Alabama for the Eagles in 2013 and Warmack could look to Stoutland to rejuvenate his career.

2013 NFL Draft

Prior to the 2013 NFL Draft, Warmack was spoken of like he was a cant-miss prospect. ESPN’s Todd McShay called him the best guard prospect he’s seen since Steve Hutchinson. Mike Mayock of NFL network said “Chance Warmack is the best player I’ve seen on film this season.” Warmack went on to become the 10th player selected in the 2013 draft. He became the first guard taken in the top ten of the NFL draft since Chris Naeole in 1997.

Pro Career

From 2013 to 2015, Warmack only missed two starts. He only played in 2 games in 2016 due to a hand injury. He has not quite lived up to the top-ten draft status as of yet, but he is still young. The Titans offensive line became one of the strongest units in the NFL this past season and they may look to move on from him.

Out With The Old

The Eagles currently have an offensive line of Jason Peters, Allen Barbre, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, and Lane Johnson. There have been rumors that the Eagles want to move on from left guard Allen Barbre. Barbre, 32, has a cap number of $2.25 million, with a dead cap of $150,000. Cutting Barbre saves $2.1 million, according to Warmack played a considerable amount of time at left guard while at Alabama, paving the way for college stars Trent Richardson, Mark Ingram, and Eddie Lacy. He excels when asked to pull or trap. It would make a sense for him to join Stoutland and the Eagles once the left guard spot is open.

The Price

Unlike other names that have been linked to the Eagles, Warmack is not likely to get a huge pay day. Last season the Eagles signed right guard Brandon Brooks to a 5-year, $40 million dollar deal. Warmack has not been the well-rounded starter that Brooks was coming into free agency. He excels in the run game while trying to grow in pass protection. He should see around $5-6 million per year and his experience with Stoutland is more than reason enough to take chance, no pun intended.

Carson’s Future

Signing Warmack would make the Eagles younger. He will be turning just 26 years old before the 2016 season. Jason Peters is likely on his last season with the Eagles at age 35. Jason Kelce is 29, but rumors have swirled that he could be cut or traded in order to start Isaac Seumalo, who is just 23 years old heading into his sophomore season. Brandon Brooks will be 28, and Lane Johnson, also drafted in 2013, will be 27.

While getting Carson weapons is definitely important, keeping him upright has got to be the number one priority. If Chance can prove his worth in Philadelphia, Wentz will have a very solid group of linemen protecting him for years to come