Eagles notebook: Could another free agent be coming on board?

Team could add depth at DE by signing Ziggy Ansah or at guard by adding Jeff Allen

There could be another free agent signing in the Eagles future since Tuesday marked the first day a team can sign a player without losing a compensatory pick.

Because the Eagles have begun to value those comp picks, they may have purposely held back from signing another player after the first few waves of free agency washed up on shore.

They likely will have two comp picks in the 2020 draft, though comp picks are kind of like algebra – not always easy to figure out. Signing somebody before Tuesday would have cost them at least one of those picks.

Not now.

So will the Eagles bring in another player?

The one who might make the most obvious sense is Ziggy Ansah, who is a double-digit sack artist, but coming off a shoulder injury last year. Ansah is 29 and the Eagles’ defensive end rotation feels surprisingly weak, with starters Brandon Graham coming off a subpar year, made so due to offseason surgery, and Derek Barnett, who had shoulder surgery last October.

After Graham and Barnett, the Eagles have Vinny Curry, who didn’t have a very good season last year in Tampa, second-year player Josh Sweat and rookie Shareef Miller. Joe Ostman could figure into the mix.

Ostman has gotten rave reviews from both head coach Doug Pederson and executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman all offseason long, so it might be a surprise if Ostman doesn’t crack the rotation.

Roseman was on 94WIP Sports Radio on Tuesday morning and once hung talked up Ostman.

Ansah, though, may not be content playing in a rotation system since the Eagles would likely only want to sign him to a one-year deal, and Ansah may not be able to produce the kind of numbers required for a long term deal elsewhere with limited snaps.

Other players the Eagles could be interested in signing are guard Jeff Allen, since the Eagles aren’t as flush at the guard spot as they are at tackle on their offensive line. Maybe even they try to lure back Stefen Wisniewski.

Cornerback Kayvon Webster could draw some interest even though the Eagles have a full complement of corners at the moment. Webster was a third-round pick of the Broncos in 2013 when Eagles defensive backs coach Cory Undlin was in Denver.

Wentz contract update

Really, there isn’t much to update.

Roseman still wants to sign his quarterback to a long-term deal, saying on 94WIP that “we wouldn’t hesitate” to sign him if the deal was right.

“I have so much faith in Carson Wentz,” added Roseman. “This guy is going to be a great player for the Philadelphia Eagles for a long time.”

More on Malcolm

It’s been reported that veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins did not show up for the team’s offseason workout.

If the reason is because Jenkins wants more money and is trying to make it known in the easiest way possible, then so be it. He deserves one, and the Eagles should give him one.

I break it down in the attached video.

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