The Philadelphia Eagles have been a busy organization this past week. It is no secret the organization and head coach Chip Kelly want to get their own free agents signed before the start of free agency, which is set to begin at 4 pm, March 11.
It was announced the Eagles had agreed to terms on a 5-year, $51.3 million contract extension with Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters. This move allowed the organization to increase the amount of cap space available to sign more of their own free agents such as wide receiver Riley Cooper and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Even though the Eagles were not hurting for more cap space, they were able to secure it with Peters’ contract.
Now lets move on to the next day. It was reported by Adam Schefter Thursday morning the team had agreed to terms with Cooper and center Jason Kelce–good news to the Eagle’s faithful in general. The Eagles were able to lock in Cooper on a 5-year deal worth $25 million, with $8 million of that money guaranteed. Kelce’s contract ties him to the Eagles for six years for $37.5 million with $13 million guaranteed.
I have been a huge Maclin supporter and have not always agreed with the organizational decisions made by the Eagles. (Letting Brian Dawkins leave is still an unsightly blunder to me a s well as other Eagles fans alike.) So naturally I felt the organization was going to avoid signing their 2009 first-round draft pick. Lo and behold, the next day Adam Schefter reported again, and the Eagles had reached an agreement on a one-year contract with the former first-rounder. My day could not have gotten better once I heard the news.
General Manager Howie roseman has been taking care of business–or in-house business if you will. We all remember the year of “the dream team.” And as per usual when the term “dream team” gets thrown around it makes Eagles fans nauseated. The Eagles seem to have learned from their mistakes, meaning they wil no longer try to use free agency as a main approach to fill the holes on their roster. The most successful teams build through the draft, and those are typically the programs that are able to sustain the most success in this league.
Just look at the Seattle Seahawks and their accomplishments this past season. they did not go out and sign a bunch of expensive free agents. They built their organization from the draft and signed marginal free agents to help put their team over the top.
We have to remember as fans that we are embarking on Kelley’s second season with the organization. The first year showed so much promise, but there is still work to be done. The fans know that and so does the organization.
So far, it looks like the organization is off to a great start during the Chip Kelly era.