Howie Roseman loves to make a splash in free agency, unless he doesn’t. The Philadelphia Eagles have already had quite the lead-up to Thursday’s start of the new league year (and that free agency thing too). But imagine bigger…
Raise your hand if you want the Eagles to trade for Brandin Cooks. Put your left arm in for wanting the Eagles to draft D’Onta Foreman. Shake it all about if Alshon Jeffery will sign with the team during free agency.
However, imagine a world where all of those things happened. The river of alcohol and shameless dancing Eagles fans would engage upon would be etched in lore for years. Is it likely? Probably not. Possible? Perhaps.
That’s what Roseman is here for though isn’t it? The Eagles are more than a few players shy of contending in the NFC. Assembling a competent roster through free agency has not netted good results for the Eagles. It hasn’t worked for most of the league historically. It also prevents compensatory picks from accruing. Ever notice how the New England Patriots always get some? Over the last 10 years, the Eagles have had a total of eight compensatory picks. Only one of those has been since the 2011 draft.
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Chaos is going to ensue early this week. Tuesday marks the beginning of the legal tampering period. It wouldn’t surprise me to see the NFL owners, general managers, and agents burning the midnight oil while watching Mean Girls on an endless loop. Rumors are about to start flying.
Prepare for the anonymous source to do his dirty work. If you’re anything like (still) Philadelphia 76er Jahlil Okafor, you don’t like anonymous sources. Well, like new car ads for Christmas, it’s about to be shoved down your throat. You might want to be like Sam and Dean Winchester and get a whole lot of salt. You’re going to need quite a few grains of it.
Similar to the holiday season, money is about to be spent. A lot of money. A lot of money that the Eagles don’t have in the here and now. Unfortunately NFL free agents don’t take IOU’s. That might not be a bad thing however. When players like Kenny Stills are commanding $12 million per season, it makes financial sense to sit on the sidelines. Sorry, but I don’t see Stills as a difference making receiver. If he gets that kind of money, what is Jordan Matthews worth? It would be better to build through the draft.
The offensive players have concluded their work at the rookie scouting combine. Today and tomorrow will feature defensive players prior to the onset of free agency. An exciting conclusion to the scouting combine will transition beautifully to the beginning of free agency. Thus far, the only excitement we’ve seen from an Eagles stand point has been winning the 14th overall pick in the draft. That will all (hopefully) change between now and Thursday. Just don’t believe all of the immediate report cards that come out on the same day.