The Philadelphia Eagles Cannot Escape Rebuilding Forever

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Oct 27, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans (59) before the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports


Then there’s the realization that many contracts will be needing long-term extensions, highlighted unquestionably (pending performance) by quarterback Nick Foles. Many others, including Reuben Frank, have said it, but if Foles can duplicate or even come within the ballpark of what he did last year, he’ll be one of the higher (if not highest) paid quarterbacks in the league…should the Eagles be able to afford him. Other contracts to keep an eye on after next season are nickel cornerback Brandon Boykin, inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks (who needs to show more for an extension to be warranted, in my opinion), and defensive end Fletcher Cox. Linebacker Brandon Graham (five-year rookie contract) and safety Nate Allen (re-signed to a one-year deal), the Eagles’ first and second round picks in 2010, are also due to hit the free-agent market at that time and have questionable chance at being retained as of now.

It’s clear that the Eagles have a lot on their plate, so at least they have a wealth of draft choices to offset the amount of fan-favorites they’ll have to chase out of town, right? Not so. The team only has six draft choices this year, a pick in every round except for the sixth. With the Eagles needing every bit of help they can get on the defensive side of the ball, it’s difficult to get excited when it feels like the team is apparently looking to create offensive deficiencies as well. It’s necessary, though. There’s no way to sustain the roster in its current form long-term, and it could very well mean that guard Todd Herremans, tight end Brent Celek, inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans and Trent Cole could all be entering the twilight of their Eagles careers (not including the possible Jackson move, and the Mathis situation) even if it does mean a lot of jerseys are relegated to basement storage.

It makes sense why the Eagles didn’t attack Jairus Byrd in free-agency. Despite the plethora of special team-oriented signings(who do add value, no question), the Philadelphia Eagles are setting up for the inevitable point where the roster will need a complete makeover. Eagles general manager Howie Roseman, as masterful as he has been with keeping the Eagles away from the dreaded red area of the cap, is about to face his biggest challenge yet. Can he steer the Eagles through a roster overhaul and build a team catered to head coach Chip Kelly’s specifications without denting the car? Buckle up, because we’re about to find out.


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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.