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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
As we speak, Eagles coaches are busy reviewing film of every player on the roster. Coach Andy Reid met with those players Monday, but he won't have a true evaluation until his coaches and personnel people file reports.
It looks like the Eagles will allow veteran players such as Tra Thomas, Jon Runyan and Brian Dawkins to test the free-agent market. There might be a public outcry for keeping the 35-year-old Dawkins, but I'd be surprised to see him back. Runyan wants to play a few more years, but injuries took a toll on him in 2008. He had plenty of energy, but his knees and back were aching down the stretch.
I thought Thomas looked overmatched at times in the NFC Championship Game. He's been a steady player over the years, but Bertrand Berry beat him on outside moves several times. Obviously, L.J. Smith is gone. The Eagles franchised him last season. This time around, he'll have a chance to get a fresh start elsewhere. He's a talented player, but he's had too many injuries and drops to warrant a return. Plus, you saw how Brent Celek emerged in the second half of the season.
I think the Eagles will sign new deals with nickel corner Joselio Hanson and backup running back Correll Buckhalter. That said, the Eagles need to think about drafting a running back in the third or fourth round. Lorenzo Booker was a complete bust as a third-down back. Given Brian Westbrook's history of injuries, the Eagles need more depth at that position.