COMMENTARY | It seems all but certain that the Philadelphia Eagles will be fielding four new starters in the defensive backfield when the 2013 season kicks off.
Will safety Dashon Goldson be one of the four? Should he be?
There's an argument to be made against pursuing and signing Goldson. For one thing, he's reportedly looking for $8 million a year. For another, paying big money for defensive backs hasn't worked out overly well for the Birds in recent years (see Asomugha, Nnamdi).
If -- let's just start saying "when," shall we? -- the Eagles release Asomugha, as expected, they project to be somewhere between $40-$44 million under the salary cap, with NFL free agency set to begin on Tuesday.
Should they pay a chunk of that to lock down Goldson?
I say yes.
The two-time Pro Bowler would bring an aggressive, physical presence to Philadelphia's defensive backfield that, frankly, has been missing of late. With the Eagles needing to fill all four starting spots for 2013, the hard-hitting Goldson would be a great piece to build around as the team starts to reconstruct its defense.
I realize there are other safeties on the market who could be had for less -- Glover Quin, Louis Delmas, LaRon Landry, Kenny Phillips -- but the 28-year-old Goldson is the best one on the market right now, and he'd give the Eagles at least one spot in that defensive backfield they simply wouldn't have to worry about for 2013 and beyond.
If the Eagles can lure Goldson to Philadelphia, this offseason rebuilding project would be off to a pretty good start.
If they could manage to lock up Goldson and still have money to spend on the rest of the defensive backfield, the offensive line and the defensive line, that would be even better.
Adam Sparks has followed the Philadelphia Eagles since the 1980s, and has written about the team as a freelancer since 2010.
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