With the Eagles giving qualifying offers to Rod Hood, Dirk Johnson, Reno Mahe and Quintin Mikell, they have given themselves the option of meeting any offer that those players may receive from other teams.
In the case of Hood, the Eagles could either match any offer that he receives or accept a first round draft pick as compensation from the team that signs him.
Hood saw increased playing time this season filling in for the injured Lito Sheppard at cornerback. In his first start for Sheppard, he intercepted a pass from Green Bay's Brett Favre late in the fourth quarter to save an Eagles win over the Packers. Unless Hood were to receive a huge offer elsewhere, it's likely that the Eagles will choose to keep him, although the first round compensation pick could be tempting.
Johnson missed time in 2005 because of sports hernia surgery, but the Eagles were pleased enough with his performance to bring him back. Johnson averaged 41.4 yards per punt on 39 punts last season. Veteran Sean Landetta filled in for Johnson, but isn't expected back in 2006.
Mahe averaged 12.8 yards per punt return in 2005, caught 12 passes for 68 yards and averaged 4.4 yards per carry with 20 carries for the Eagles. Like Hood, the Eagles are likely to bring Mahe back for the upcoming season.
Mikell excelled on special teams and led the Eagles in special teams tackles with 28 stops last season.
The NFL free agency period begins tomorrow.