2013 NFL Free Agency: All Quiet On the Eastern Front (Except in Philadelphia)

Jared Wickerham

The Philadelphia Eagles were active in free agency Tuesday, while the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins were not.

Well Day 1 of NFL Free Agency 2013 was filled with fast and furious action -- unless you're a fan of most of the NFC East teams. Then it was a ho-hum day. The New York Giants welcomed back two time Super Bowl winning cornerback Aaron Ross, which gives the Giants plenty of depth at cornerback now with Corey Webster, Prince Amukamara, Terrell Thomas, Ross and Jayron Hosley. If Thomas is healthy that is five competent cornerbacks, which makes that much less of a need, even though their might not be two great cornerbacks on the roster. Out in Dallas and Washington there were crickets. The only two moves made by either team were re-signing their own players: Anthony Spencer signed his franchise tag and the Redskins brought back their punter Sav Rocca. The Redskins and Cowboys of course were in dire cap situation after getting hammered by Goodell for dumping contracts in the non-cap year.

Stop me if you've heard this one before: but the Philadelphia Eagles were very active in free agency Tuesday. The Eagles made the biggest splashes in the NFC East. The Eagles officially released cornerback Nnadmi Asmougha and then replaced him by signing former St. Louis Rams cornerback Bradley Fletcher. Fletcher has starting experience. The Eagles continued to upgrade their secondary by signing former second round pick and New England Patriot Patrick Chung as well as linebacker Jason Phillips. Chung scored a .9 from Pro Football Focus last season. Continuing to upgrade their defense the Eagles went out and signed former 49ers nose tackle Issac Sopoaga. This was a signing that will fill their need for a nose tackle. Sopoaga played less than half of the snaps on defense for the 49ers in 2012 and is likely going to be a two down run stuffing nose tackle for the Eagles. His deal is reportedly for three years, $12 million.

Lastly, the Eagles signed former Texans tight end James Casey for 3 years, $14.5 million. Casey is kind of similar to Chris Cooley. He's not a great blocker or doesn't have great size, but he can play a variety of roles as he was both a tight end and full back for the Texans. He's a good receiver.

Busy day for the Eagles, who hope their free agency splurging this year leads to better results than it did two years ago.

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