This Sunday night, when Super Bowl XLVIII sounds the final gun and the Seattle Seahawks or Denver Broncos are declared champions, it will officially signal the end of the 2013 NFL season. As of this writing, there are forty days until the first phase of the Eagles plan for 2014 goes into motion. At March 11th at 4:00 PM Eastern time, the 2014 league year officially begins, which to diehard football fans is more commonly known as the start of unrestricted free agency.
At that moment, all of the speculation that makes up the excruciating wait in the meantime becomes a moot point. It’s no longer about what the Eagles could do, but rather what have they done? What was not addressed that up until free agency was considered a sure thing to fans? Which pieces of the roster are addressed prior to the NFL Draft and is it possible that the Eagles jockey themselves to truly take the best player available instead of filling remaining weak spots?
If last year’s modest-in-comparison spending spree was any indication (led by linebacker Connor Barwin, pictured above), there’s no need to stock up on energy drinks and prepare for an all-night trek into the wee hours of March 12th. There won’t be an Asante Samuel-esque prize waiting at midnight like there was in 2008, when the Eagles secured visiting rights for the top free-agent cornerback on the market minutes after negotiations opened.
By now it’s clear that the Eagles need to address cornerback, safety, outside linebacker and wide receiver before September, in what feels like a constant shuffling of their order of importance. For Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and head coach Chip Kelly, it’s now a discussion of determining the best team fit per available player and if they fit into the team’s plan. In forty days, we’ll know.