PHOENIX - With the Eagles' big free-agent splashes likely behind them, they probably will need to rely on internal options and the draft to replace departed veterans at safety, wide receiver, and right guard.
"You're trying to see what the market is," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Wednesday at the NFL meeting about remaining free agents. "There are conversations going on, but I couldn't say one way or the other."
At right guard, the Eagles will look to veteran Allen Barbre to replace Todd Herremans. Barbre, who spent most of last season on injured reserve, received a contract extension last June.
"We've been high on Allen for a long time," Kelly said. "Versatile player. Feel very confident in Allen Barbre."
At safety, the Eagles could have a competition during organized team activities and training camp. They need to replace Nate Allen in the second spot next to Malcolm Jenkins. The free-agent market has mostly dried up, and although the Eagles could draft someone, it does not sound as if Kelly has an urgent plan for the position.
The top internal option is Earl Wolff, whom Kelly mentioned. Wolff is coming off a season-ending knee injury. The other safeties are Chris Maragos, Chris Prosinski, Jerome Couplin, and Ed Reynolds. Cornerback Jaylen Watkins is also an option at safety. Nolan Carroll is not an option - he will compete for a starting cornerback job.
At wide receiver, the Eagles will likely look at Jordan Matthews, Josh Huff, and the draft as ways to replace Jeremy Maclin in the starting lineup on the other side of Riley Cooper.
Kelly said he did not want to use the franchise tag on Maclin because it would have been too costly. The Eagles were not enthused about the rest of the free-agent class.
Kelly confirmed that the Eagles granted Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for guard Evan Mathis, permission to seek a trade. The coach said that nothing has come out of that pursuit, that he hopes that Mathis is on the team, and that he is not actively trying to trade Mathis.
Kelly said he was "disappointed" to hear former assistant coach Tra Thomas' comments to Fox29 that some players on the Eagles feel "a hint of racism." Kelly said he has never heard that claim from players on the Eagles or when he coached in college.
"I don't ever look at the color of any player," Kelly said. "I think in 2015, I don't think that's something that's ever going to [happen]."