Yeah, I keep it classy here.
In desperate search of Eagles-related material this evening, I ventured over to the team’s official website and check out team mouthpiece Dave Spadaro’s latest piece.
Here’s how he opens:
“It is just a feeling I get, having been around the Eagles throughout this offseason, wondering the strategy, that free agency is going to be more of a whimper than a scream starting next Tuesday…”
Now, Spadaro has been wrong before. But it’s interesting that after a season in which the Eagles grossly underachieved–much to displeasure of their increasingly annoyed fan base–a guy hired to cover the team conveys a message that quells any excitement over the start of next week’s free agency period.
At first, I was ready to destroy Spadaro for attempting to sell the idea of playing it safe in a year the Eagles have to get it done, but he makes some good points.
For instance, Spadaro points out that a record 21 players received the franchise tag, significantly reducing the amount of quality players set to hit the market. Furthermore, the elite free agents expected to make it to free agency such as Mario Williams, Vincent Jackson and Cortland Finnegan don’t really fit the Eagles’ plans.
Spadaro surmises that much of the Eagles’ reported $19 million in cap space will be used on DeSean Jackson’s franchise tag, resigning Evan Mathis, and extending current players on the roster.
Still, Spadaro says the Eagles could make a move or two and go “knee deep” into free agency.
Here’s hoping that going knee deep means signing a linebacker…please God, just let it be a linebacker–one that can play.