The Eagles spent day one of the legal tampering period bolstering their defensive line by re-signing Hassan Ridgeway and reportedly giving Javon Hargrave a boat-load of cash. The team still has plenty of holes to address on both sides of the ball, but they could be looking to patch the hole at safety with a Philly native.
According to Denver sports anchor Troy Renck, the Eagles are one of four teams that have checked in on Will Parks.
Parks was born and raised in Philadelphia and attended Germantown high school before moving on to the University of Arizona to start his collegiate career. The Denver Broncos selected Parks in the 6th round of the 2016 NFL Draft to be one of their backup safeties. The 25-year-old ended up becoming a reliable piece for the Broncos defense, and he ended up starting in 15 games over the past four seasons. In 62 total games, Parks has registered 149 tackles (four for loss), four interceptions, 13 passes defended, one sack, five QB hits, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery.
The Eagles certainly need to get younger at the safety position, which might be why the team is checking out Parks. Signing the former Bronco to a decent-sized contract will likely put a halt to any chance of Rodney McLeod returning to the team.
Of course, Parks isn't considered to be a budding superstar. So even if the team were to take a flyer on him, they could still invest a high draft pick on a safety. In fact, the team should still look to use a high pick on a defensive back regardless of this decision because of the need at strong safety as well as 32-year-old Malcolm Jenkins no longer being in his prime.