1. Re-signing Ronald Darby wasn’t a bad idea at the time.
When the Eagles began putting together the building blocks of what would become their 2019 roster, there was something everyone knew. Cornerback was a glaring weakness.
It seems like that’s the story every year, but it was the case as the Eagles approached the draft. Back in March, one thing was certain. The Eagles had a lot of bodies, but they weren’t going to contend for a Super Bowl with the cover guys they had. They’d need to sign somebody with experience.
There was only one issue. It may not seem like it now, but the big fish in the pool of free agents was believed to be Ronald Darby. He was supposed to be the best of what was available, so here’s what Howie Roseman did.
He went out and got what was believed to be the best corner on the market. On March 15th, Darby signed a one-year, $8.5 million contract to remain with the Eagles. Sure, it was a gamble and everyone knew that. It was the same deal when Patrick Robinson and LeGarrette Blount were added. Those ideas paid off. The Darby signing didn’t, but that’s how free agency works. You win some. You lose some. Had the darby signing worked, we’d again be praising Philly’s GM for being a genius. Unfortunately, it didn’t, but are we to blame Roseman for trying to put a good team together and sign the best options?