Should He Stay Or Should He Go? Mikell

With the Super Bowl looming, the next big thing will be free agency. The Eagles have 11 unrestricted free agents that they'll have to make a decision on. We start our look at how those decisions may play out with a look at Quintin Mikell.

The Eagles are certainly not unhappy with Quintin Mikell. He's their special teams captain and saw an increase in playing time on defense late in the season and didn't disappoint.

Last off-season, Mikell tested the market as a restricted free agent and didn't find any takers. This off-season could be different.

Mikell has always been a top special teams player and is always at or near the top of the list when it comes to special teams tackles. Since signing with the Eagles, Mikell leads the team with 108 special teams tackles and led the team with 35 special teams tackles this past season. As a reserve safety, Mikell hasn't excelled, but he's done a nice job in the Eagles secondary and saw an increase in playing time when Michael Lewis was demoted. While Sean Considine ranks above Mikell on the depth chart, the Eagles may want to keep Mikell around and again, it could be at the expense of Lewis, who is also an unrestricted free agent. Roderick Hood and William James are also members of the Eagles secondary who are unrestricted free agents and it's likely that the Eagles will re-sign at least one or two of their free agents from the secondary.

The verdict is that the Eagles will be interested and able to re-sign Mikell without breaking the bank. The fact that it's a weak free agent market could benefit Mikell, but he shouldn't be priced out of the Eagles range when it comes time to talk money. The biggest issue would be if another team were to offer Mikell a substantial increase in playing time and since there won't be a lot to choose from in free agents, Mikell could get a long look from a team or two, especially if they're looking for an upgrade on special teams.

The bottom line: Look for Quintin Mikell to re-sign with the Eagles and compete for more playing time next summer when the Eagles hit Lehigh for training camp.


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