The negatives: Was this a makeup deal?
From what we’ve all heard, there have been quite a few conversations about Roseman walking away from the negotiating table because the cost of a few of these players that would have upgraded the Eagles was “too high”.
Why he thought it wouldn’t be is a hard theory to understand.
With the $40 million that Philly was supposed to have in free agency, splash signings were expected. We all figured someone would get overpaid, but missing out on Hopkins was inexcusable. Because of Philly’s inability to evaluate talent and draft the right guys, they’ve been at the mercy of free agency. It’s impossible to think there wouldn’t be some overpayment.
The need for elite-level talent at wide receiver and cornerback in Philly was obvious. That means if you have to overpay for Hopkins and Jones, you do so.
Roseman didn’t do that, but he found $13 million a year to give to another defensive tackle. He also guaranteed the 2020 contracts of both DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery a year ago. Sure, he got a good a very good defensive tackle in Javon Hargrave, but the team already had Malik Jackson who will be returning from injury in 2020. It just seems as though the money given to Hargrave could have been put to better use.
Roseman and the Eagles paid Rodney McLeod and Jalen Mills, but they couldn’t pay Malcolm Jenkins. Fans are upset. Fans are confused, and to some extent, it feels like this deal with Darius Slay was more of a makeup date to ease the fans’ minds after Philly failed to land so many guys who could have contributed in the past.