Eagles’ Howie Roseman on Tyrann Mathieu, safeties: ‘Nothing imminent’

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Now that the draft is over, will Eagles sign the Honey Badger? originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Eagles drafted five players this weekend and, very notably, none of them were safeties.

We bring that up because the Eagles have a pretty apparent need at the position.

This offseason, they brought back Anthony Harris as a free agent but let Rodney McLeod walk. That is setting up a starting tandem of Harris and Marcus Epps with K’Von Wallace as the third man. And that might not be good enough.

For weeks, we’ve heard about the mutual interest between the Eagles and veteran Pro Bowler Tyrann Mathieu and now that the draft is over, maybe it’s time for some action.

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman was asked about the Honey Badger on Sunday and while he didn’t speak on him specifically, Roseman said the Eagles will “continue to look at that position.”

But then he added, “nothing imminent.”

Of course, that could change. Now that the draft is over, Mathieu and his agent can try to find the best fit. The other team that has been linked to Mathieu most is the Saints. Mathieu is from New Orleans, went to LSU and the Saints need another safety. So that fit makes a ton of sense.

But the Saints did use a second-round pick (No. 49 overall) on safety Alontae Taylor out of Tennessee. So maybe they’re less likely to need Mathieu now.

Meanwhile, the Eagles didn’t draft a safety could really use an upgrade at the position. And even if the soon-to-be 30-year-old Mathieu isn’t still at his peak, he’d be a big upgrade. In 2021, Mathieu had another Pro Bowl season for the Chiefs, starting 16 games with 3 interceptions, 76 tackles and 3 fumble recoveries.

The Chiefs moved on from Mathieu without a contract offer, instead opting to sign the younger Justin Reid. And Mathieu, the three-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro, has been searching for his next fit since.

After he was asked about Mathieu and the safety position, Roseman expressed how much confidence the Eagles have in Harris, Epps and Wallace. And even mentioned deeper reserves Andre Chachere and Jared Mayden.

“We probably have a higher vision of that room than maybe is perceived,” Roseman said.

That’s probably true.

The Eagles liked Harris enough to bring him back — albeit on a deal significantly cheaper than his 2021 contract — and Epps played well enough last year to force his way into the rotation. He played in 16 games with 3 starts last year and had an interception and 62 tackles. Epps is also still just 26.

But the Eagles’ interest in Mathieu suggests they really do know they need to upgrade. We’ll find out if they take action soon enough.

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