I may be in the minority here, but I am loving what the Eagles are doing this off-season. Stop cursing and shaking your fists in the air. Let me explain. It has become apparent that the Birds are indeed planning to unleash a major splash sometime in the next six weeks. It might be before the draft or during, but something is brewing in the super-secret bunker below the NovaCare complex.
Reid and Co. are no doubt huddled together with charts, graphs, scouting reports, game footage and balance sheets. The midnight oil is burning like never before. The only person privy to the goings-on is some lowly intern sent out to collect the daily supply of cheesesteaks from Pat’s, and even he has been sworn to secrecy to keep his trap shut and stay away from Facebook. We all know what happens to Eagle employees foolish enough to express themselves via any of the popular social networking sites (I’m a Twitter guy myself).
The question remains. What the hell are they planning? With nearly $40 million under the cap and 12 draft picks at their disposal, the Birds possess the ammo to do whatever they want. Trade for an established star. Trade-up in the draft to land an elite player. Trade down to accumulate 2nd and 3rd round picks. Stay put and draft a bunch of ready-to-play youngsters who will make an already spry roster even sprier (yes, that’s a word).
The possibilities are endless. Doesn’t that excite you? Aren’t you eagerly anticipating what this Big Move will be? Or are you too busy lamenting the “old guy” exodus and the “heartless” sentiments expressed by the Front Office? Perhaps you believe the Eagles are hording cash and have no plan in place, except to infuriate the fan-base and bloat their “gold standard” bank accounts. I guess they could do nothing. However, I think I have a pretty decent read on Reid. He always has a plan in place.
Part I was to say goodbye to the past. Part II was to not waste cash on an overrated class of free-agents. Part III was to unload disgruntled vets. Part IV was to acquire the necessary resources to do whatever they wish between now and July. Part V will be the Big Move. I have no idea what this will entail, but I, for one, cannot wait until they pull the trigger. We can yell and scream until we’re blue in the face, but I suggest we reserve judgment until we see the finished product.
If by then we’re not satisfied, then we can grab our torches and march down Pattison, calling for heads.