Would the Philadelphia Eagles entertain the idea or explore the option of adding Stefen Wisniewski after May 7th? The idea may not be a bad one.
Ladies and gentlemen, the 2019 NFL regular season will be here before you know it. To some of you, that may not feel like it’s the case, but look at how quickly this year has flown by. The Super Bowl seems like it was a month ago. There’ been an NFL Combine, a free agency frenzy and an NFL Draft. Before you know it, the Philadelphia Eagles and every other team will be in training camp. Could Philly take Stefen Wisniewski with them?
The idea isn’t totally out of the realm of possibility.
Here’s what we know. Despite lucking up and getting Andre Dillard, a possible eventual replacement for Jason Peters and a man some saw as a top-15 pick at 22, the Eagles may not have satisfied their appetite for offensive linemen.
The current roster features Jason Kelce and Anthony Fabiano at center. Brandon Brooks and Matt Pryor are listed at guard (though Pryor can also be kicked outside to tackle). Tyreek Burwell, Lane Johnson, Jordan Mailata, Halapoulivaati Vaitai aka ‘Big V’ and the aforementioned Peters are all listed at tackle, and we’ve been told over and over that Isaac Seumalo can play any position along the offensive line.
We haven’t even brought up the signing of guys who went undrafted. That includes offensive tackle Ryan Bates, guards Iosua Opeta, Nate Herbig, and Keegan Render, and two other standouts, Casey Tucker and Johnny Gibson Jr.
Some, us included, have discussed the idea of one of the guys on the current roster who play outside moving inside. ‘Big V’ was one of those example. That, then, makes the mind wonder. What if Mailata proves himself worthy of a roster spot? Could Dillard move inside? What will Seumalo be doing?
Then, there’s the other thing. Some of these guys may not make the roster, and there may be some guys who aren’t here yet that may actually make the team. That brings us back to Wisniewski. Though it seems crowded, you can never have too many offensive lineman, especially with camp approaching.
There are a lot of bodies, but there isn’t a ton of experience in the middle of Philly’s line, outside of Kelce and Brooks of course. We know the Eagles love guys they are already familiar with. We also know that ‘Wiz’ has more than proven his mettle with this team.
If there is another free agent acquisition, we expect that to be after May 7th. Anything ‘The Birds’ do at that point won’t affect the one or two compensatory picks we expect them to be rewarded for 2019’s draft.
‘Wiz’ is available. The Eagles have more than proven that they’re all in on keeping Carson Wentz upright. The Eagles declined Wisniewski’s option on March 11th, making him a free agent, but he hasn’t been picked up yet. Could Philly bring him back for less money? You have to admit that the idea sounds tempting. The debate table is open.