Jan 4, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper (14) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in the second quarter during the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Eagles Make Early Moves in Offseason

The Philadelphia Eagles have recently made some moves to secure themselves moving into the future.

 

One of the more unfortunate moves was the release of wide receiver, Jason Avant. Avant was a veteran on the team and leader in the locker room. His production slipped last year but wasn’t what got him released. It was the strength the Eagles have at the receiver position at the moment that forced this move. Avant was a great player and better person with all the charity work off the field. With the move the Eagles cleared $3.25 million in cap space.

Even after the loss of Avant, the Eagles are stacked at receiver. The Birds have signed Maclin to a one year deal as well as locked in Riley Cooper for five years. However, there are rumors that fellow wideout, DeSean Jackson might be traded. If this move is made it is most likely being done to clear some cap space for the future and a high draft pick. There were also rumors of a discord in attitudes between DeSean Jackson and head coach Chip Kelly. Personally, I’d like to see DeSean stay an Eagle. He’s seemingly built for this offense and I think it would be silly to let him go. On the flip side, if the rumors are true and DeSean has a poisonous attitude that could negatively affect the team, get him out as soon as possible.

This offseason the Birds have also locked up core pieces on the offensive line. They locked up Jason Kelce with a six-year $41 million extension. The Eagles and offensive lineman, Jason Peters agreed on a  five-year $51.3 million contract. These moves will provide stability on the offensive line for the near future.

Now, the Birds must focus on the defensive side of the ball. Oh, look… Jairus Bryd is available.

 

 

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