Possessing an extremely young cornerback corps, the Philadelphia Eagles could have issues with maturity going forward. With Philly in need of some veteran leadership in the secondary, a perfect choice to address the Eagles problem could be former Cincinnati Bengals and New York Giants cornerback Leon Hall.
Possessing Jalen Mills — second-year pro — and Rasul Douglas — a rookie — as their prospective day one starters at cornerback, the Eagles have a starter in the making in Sidney Jones. However, while Jones continues to recover from his torn achilles, the Eagles could be forced into using Douglas far too much, especially for a mid-round draft choice.
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Heck, Mills could even struggle to hold down a starting spot. While he was a starter last season, Mills best position is at nickel cornerback. Moving to the bigger and faster outside cornerback spot, Mills could struggle this season. If the worst case scenario occurs in which Jones is out for the season while both Mills and Douglas struggle, the Eagles could be in trouble this year.
Adding someone like Leon Hall could help solve that. While Hall is not the player he once was and is not a starter, he brings with him veteran leadership. Hall is also someone that can move in and out of the defense based on packages and potentially serve as an excellent rotation option at cornerback for the Philadelphia Eagles.
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Playing in 12 games last season for the rival New York Giants, Leon Hall is someone that did what was required of him to help out the team he was with. The same could likely be expected from him this season wherever he signs. Add in that he is still capable of making interceptions and such, Hall would be a good leadership voice for the Eagles secondary.
Lacking any real leadership or even veteran presences at cornerback, the Philadelphia Eagles could be tempted to pursue Leon Hall. Add into this that Hall should also come in on the cheap and the Eagles could have a real good free agent signing staring them right in the face.