The Philadelphia Eagles Cannot Escape Rebuilding Forever

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Dec 1, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Trent Cole (58) celebrates getting a sack during the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Cardinals 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

 

It’s a beautiful thing when a team can transition from one era to the next with minimal downtime, and for years the Philadelphia Eagles have been able to work within constant “retooling” to avoid the dreaded “rebuild”, usually implying a downward spiral that can set a franchise back years if not executed properly. It’s approaching that stage for the Eagles, who are about to embark on a journey over the next two seasons that tests largely uncharted waters for a team that has experienced general success over the last fourteen years, only winning less than half of their games twice in that span.

In 2014, the offseason has treated us to rumors with wideout DeSean Jackson, whose saga continues to form double the questions about what is going on than answers given. More recently, Pro Bowl offensive guard Evan Mathis, who signed a five-year contract worth just over $25 million in 2012, is the hot topic after it was learned that the veteran asked the Eagles for a raise, only for the team to actively shop him (if not only to prove he is being paid market value).

While the futures of the two players noted above aren’t guaranteed to be in Philadelphia, this is just the beginning of a sequence of potential pitfalls with contract-related matters over the next year. Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com wrote about why 2015 could mean the end for the core of the Philadelphia Eagles as we know it, although the intent of the piece was not as macabre. There are twelve key players on the Eagles who are slated to make $4 million or more in 2015 per Frank’s list, led by star running back LeSean McCoy and narrowly followed by linebacker Trent Cole and previously-mentioned DeSean Jackson.

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  • cjhowardo

    There are tough decisions ahead, no doubt, but a big rebuild is not necessary. Older players will leave, as has always been the case with this franchise. Will it suck to see Trent Cole in another uniform? Of course it will. The Eagles are still one of the youngest teams in the league, with good young talent. When you rebuild, thats what you look to acquire. I have faith that this team is on the upswing already.

  • Dr Muon Funk

    Doesn’t every team go through this? We just made it to the playoffs with a 2nd year QB who was our backup. I think Philly is doing it the right way. Not over spending but filling the holes and when they can’t afford someone they’ll fill more holes. This is exactly how New England has worked for the past 15 years. But a complete makeover is no better. Then you have a bunch of young players who all have contract extensions at the same time which will Seattle in the next 2 years or Baltimore 2 years ago.

  • Dave Searles

    For sure, every team does. It’s just not often the Eagles reach a point of this many unanswered questions on the future of the team and possibility of large-scale player movement. I’m not saying the Eagles are going to go 3-13 and require years of top five picks once this is said and done, but the magnitude behind the need to hit on early draft picks for long-term success hasn’t been this high in a long time.

  • cjhowardo

    Funky as always Dr. I couldnt agree more. Our management team has set themselves up for sustained success through their core philosophies. Now Dallas… thats rebuild territory. Oh wait, Jerry says you don’t rebuild when you have Tony Romo. I like it. Stay the course… steady as she goes Jerry. 8-8 4 Life!!!

  • Ryan

    You’re exactly right 4 players will be gone after 2014. It’s not even close to rebuild it’s smart planing.