Breaking down Eagles depth at safety position after missing out on Tyrann Mathieu

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The Eagles seemingly lost out or were priced out on another big named free agent, as Tyrann Mathieu is expected to sign with his hometown New Orleans Saints.

After bypassing safeties in the draft, GM Howie Roseman is prepared to enter minicamps and training camps with five safeties on the roster, and just one player who has been a full-time starter in the NFL.

With Mathieu likely headed to the Saints, let’s break down the depth at the safety position for Philadelphia.

Marcus Epps

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The biggest beneficiary of Mathieu signing elsewhere, Epps is one of the young players in the NFL to watch and Howie Roseman should lock him up for cultural purposes alone.

The move wouldn’t save Philadelphia any salary-cap space, and Epps’ potential could be a huge reason why they wouldn’t break the bank for Tyrann Mathieu.

Andre Chachere, DB

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Chachere is returning to the Eagles, agreeing to a one-year deal with the veteran cornerback instead of tendering him as a restricted free agent.

He appeared in 16 games last season, making one start while logging 15 tackles on 56 total snaps. A special team’s dynamo, Chachere could find a role at safety in 2022, and a new deal heading into 2023.

Anthony Harris

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A leader in the secondary, Harris finished the 2021 season with 72 total tackles, two for loss, three passes defended, and an interception.

Jared Mayden, S

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A former Crimson Tide safety who entered the league with San Francisco, Mayden signed to the Eagles’ practice squad on October 26, making one appearance against the Giants.

The 6-foot, 205-pound Mayden comes from an athletic family, and at Alabama, he played in 36 games (11 starts) from 2016-19. In his final season on campus, Mayden started 11 of 12 games and hauled in four interceptions to rank second in the SEC.

K'Von Wallace, S

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The wildcard of the group, Wallace bulked up this offense and he’ll look to finally land a consistent spot on the depth chart.

Howie Roseman recently said he has a lot of confidence in all their safeties on the roster, and mentioned Wallace as a player to watch.

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