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A look at the potential free-agents playing in the final wild card game of the weekend

NFL: Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The final wild card game of the weekend features the defending Super Bowl champs visiting Soldier Field and the NFC North champion, Chicago Bears.

It’s Nick Foles and Khalil Mack. The upstart Bears who nobody considered a threat when the year began against perhaps the best back-up quarterback in NFL history.

But, which Eagles and which Bears might not be wearing the same uniforms next year?

That’s what we’re here to look at today.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

2019 FREE-AGENTS

POSITION NAME AGE
POSITION NAME AGE
RUNNING BACK JAY AJAYI 26
LINEBACKER D.J. ALEXANDER 27
LINEBACKER B.J. BELLO 24
CORNERBACK RONALD DARBY 25
KICKER JAKE ELLIOTT 24
DEFENSIVE END BRANDON GRAHAM 31
SAFETY COREY GRAHAM 34
LINEBACKER JORDAN HICKS 27
DEFENSIVE END CHRIS LONG 34
LONG SNAPPER RICK LOVATO 26
SAFETY CHRIS MARAGOS 32
WIDE RECEIVER JORDAN MATTHEWS 27
DEFENSIVE TACKLE HALOTI NGATA 35
LINEBACKER LAROY REYNOLDS 28
TIGHT END RICHARD RODGERS 27
RUNNING BACK DARREN SPROLES 36
QUARTERBACK NATE SUDFELD 25
WIDE RECEIVER GOLDEN TATE 31
WIDE RECEIVER MIKE WALLACE 33
GUARD CHACE WARMACK 27
LINEBACKER PAUL WORRILOW 29

PLAYER TO WATCH: K, JAKE ELLIOTT

NFL: Houston Texans at Philadelphia Eagles Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

In today’s NFL, the kicker has become more important than ever. Fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers know this more than anyone.

Jake Elliott has made some impressive kicks in his career through two seasons in the league he has a 83.9% made field goal percentage. He’s made exactly 26 of 31 field goals in each season with longs of 61-yards in 2017 and 56-yards in 2018.

Elliott has missed five extra points in the same span.

Cairo Santos made 75% of his field goals in his seven weeks with the Bucs making nine of twelve attempts. He made all seventeen of his extra point tries.

The Super Bowl winning kicker also had 70% of his kickoffs result in touchbacks. Up from 50% last season.

Tampa Bay has struggled to find consistent kickers over the years, and if the Eagles somehow allow Elliott to hit the open market, Jason Licht needs to make sure his first trip is to Tampa, Florida.

CHICAGO BEARS

2019 FREE-AGENTS

POSITION NAME AGE
POSITION NAME AGE
SAFETY ADRIAN AMOS 26
WIDE RECEIVER JOSH BELLAMY 30
TIGHT END BEN BRAUNECKER 25
FULLBACK MICHAEL BURTON 27
CORNERBACK BRYCE CALLAHAN 27
GUARD RASHAAD COWARD 24
RUNNING BACK BENNY CUNNINGHAM 29
SAFETY DEANDRE HOUSTON-CARSON 26
LINEBACKER ISAIAH IRVING 25
GUARD ERIC KUSH 29
LINEBACKER AARON LYNCH 26
RIGHT TACKLE BOBBY MASSIE 30
TIGHT END ZACH MILLER 34
PUNTER PAT O'DONNELL 28
DEFENSIVE END ROY ROBERTSON-HARRIS 26
LONG SNAPPER PATRICK SCALES 31
WIDE RECEIVER KEVIN WHITE 27
CORNERBACK MARCUS WILLIAMS 28
DEFENSIVE END NICK WILLIAMS 29
GUARD BRYAN WITZMANN 29

PLAYER TO WATCH: WR, KEVIN WHITE

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

It might be hard to watch White this Sunday, and it’s exactly why he’ll likely be available this off-season.

White was active for just the ninth time in 2018 during Week 17 against the Minnesota Vikings thanks to an injury to wide receiver Allen Robinson.

Robinson likely would have played if it was a must-win, but it wasn’t. So he sat, and White was activated.

He made one receptions for 22-yards. The reception gave him four on the year for 92-yards and no touchdowns.

White’s longest reception of his career happened this year as well. You might remember it. He caught the hail Mary attempt from quarterback Mitch Trubisky at the one-yard line at the end of Chicago’s loss to New England this year.

For his career, White has 25 catches for 285-yards and has yet to find the end zone. For a former first-round draft pick in 2015, saying his career has been a disappointment is a big understatement.

Robinson looks like he’s likely to come back in this game against the Eagles. Which means White may be inactive again.

If so, it only solidifies what may already be sealed. White will be looking for a new opportunity in 2019. And while the Bucs may have had a rather effective offense in 2018, it’s not everyday you get a chance to rehabilitate a receiver who was once compared to DeAndre Hopkins at the price you’ll get White for this off-season.

Philadelphia and Chicago face-off late Sunday afternoon to wrap up wild card weekend.

It should be a fun slate of games for all football fans, even if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t a part of it.

In case you missed it, you can find the rest of our wild card free-agent preview, here:

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS @ HOUSTON TEXANS (SATURDAY, JANUARY 5TH, 4:35 PM EST)

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS @ DALLAS COWBOYS (SATURDAY, JANUARY 5TH, 8:15 PM EST)

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS @ BALTIMORE RAVENS (SUNDAY, JANUARY 6TH, 1:05 PM EST)