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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