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PFW asks associate editor Jeff Reynolds for his take on the NFL’s hottest topics.

Philadelphia might be hot destination for free agents

The Eagles won more games than any NFC team in the five seasons prior to 2005, before coming back to earth during the Terrell Owens fiasco, when QB Donovan McNabb was unable to fight through multiple injuries. But with a very healthy salary-cap picture in Philly, the Eagles could be back on top before you know it.

PFW: Which players should the Eagles pursue?

Reynolds: For the sake of McNabb’s prolonged health, immediate attention must be paid to the offensive line. ORT Jon Runyan is an unrestricted free agent. But he’s 32, and the Eagles are resigned to letting Runyan gauge his value to other teams before deciding whether to keep Runyan or move either third-year OG Shawn Andrews or Todd Herremans, who spelled Tra Thomas at left tackle late in the season and didn’t embarrass himself, to the right edge. The center position — Hank Fraley missed most of the season with a shoulder injury — also will be addressed.

Beyond the front five, the Eagles are absent a true No. 1 receiver, lack great depth on the defensive line and have yet to find a power back to pair with water-bug RB Brian Westbrook.

The Eagles can afford a difference-maker. They brought in OLB Shawn Barber on Wednesday. He’d be a cheaper alternative to LaVar Arrington, 27, whose only Pro Bowl-caliber seasons came alongside Jeremiah Trotter in Washington. Knee injuries limited both players last season.

But it’s not the Eagles’ style to overspend — the exceptions, Jevon Kearse and T.O., didn’t pan out — and head coach Andy Reid would rather fill multiple needs than swing for the fences with a player like Arrington. Unless, of course, he comes for the right price. While Arrington gave up a lot ($4.4 million, to be exact) to earn his freedom from Washington, he grew up outside of Pittsburgh and has reportedly intimated he would love to stay in the NFC East (the Giants have a great need at linebacker).

There’s a chance that Reid, a former offensive lineman, will choose instead to make a run at Seahawks transition player Steve Hutchinson, widely regarded as the best offensive guard in football.

If the Eagles sense they can lure Pro Bowl C LeCharles Bentley, a wide receiver such as Antwaan Randle El or David Givens and a complementary back — ex-Broncos ballcarrier Mike Anderson is being linked to the team — they’ll have to pass on Arrington or Hutchinson. Regardless, don’t be shocked if the Eagles are back on top of the NFC in 2006.

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