In just one week’s time, the Philadelphia Eagles have managed to lock up forty percent of their offensive line to multi-year extensions, sign two pending free agent wide receivers, and still have the ability to pursue mid range free agents during the 2014 off-season. For all the talk about how the Philadelphia Eagles were mimicking Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder by overspending on players just a couple of years ago, the Eagles have continued to develop young talent from the draft along with signing aged veterans in free agency. Perhaps the most fascinating part of how Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman has managed the finances lies with not just the Eagles front office, but the coaching staff as well. The evaluation of talent within this organization has produced a football team that expects to contend for the Lombardi Trophy every year, unlike our divisional rival in Washington.
Philadelphia Eagles beat writer Jeff McLane recently tweeted that the Eagles priorities entering the off-season were to extend offensive linemen Jason Peters and Jason Kelce as well as re-signing wide receivers Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin. As of this afternoon, all four players are now under contract through at least the 2014-2015 season and entering yesterday it was presumed that the Eagles were still approximately $17 million under the salary cap (prior to Jeremy Maclin’s contract). If one was to ask me prior to free agency and the draft how I wanted the Eagles to proceed in the off-season, a subdued response would have been issued possibly hinting that either Maclin or Cooper be re-signed. The fact that not only both signed with the team, but arguably the two best offensive linemen on the Eagles signed extensions is icing on the cake. Continuity and cohesiveness is key for not only Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly and his staff, but the players as well. Familiarity with cadences and skill-sets helps every member of this team gel and allows the system implemented to grow.