1. Throw the “no band-aid theory” out of the window.
We all know what Roseman meant. History has taught us, on more than one occasion, that you can’t build a team using free agency alone. If we learned nothing else from the Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb era, we learned consistency at quarterback, in coaching and in the front office is necessary. The Eagles have found their quarterback for the future in Carson Wentz. The jury is still out on head coach Doug Pederson and the Eagles’ brass.
Yes, the Eagles want to build a team that is perennially in the fight for an NFL championship. They also want to be competitive next season. Let’s face it. At this point of the season, everyone is shopping for value, and while figuring out the salary cap becomes more confusing by the day, we can see some semblance of a plan forming (kind of).
Robinson and Long appear to be short-term answers. Yes, the Eagles have locked up a lot of their youth with contracts, but signings like the two most recent would make one feel they aren’t completely committed to building through the draft. Next month’s selection meeting will be here before you know it, and Philadelphia will look to add at least eight building blocks for the future.
In the meantime, expect this team to do whatever is necessary to craft a team that can competitive in both the immediate and foreseeable future. Robinson and Long prove that.