1. This sets a very bad precedent.
Once upon a time, there was a guy by the name of Norman Braman. For you younger Eagles fans, he was once the team’s owner. During the advent of free agency, Mr. Braman refused to play its game, and as a result, really great players just walked whenever their time to cash in rolled around. You’ve all heard the story of Reggie White leaving. That’s the main reason that it happened.
Those of us who were there sat by helplessly as the team we all loved, the team Buddy Ryan built, unraveled from within.
If you haven’t been paying attention, there’s been a similar trend with this current version of the Eagles. None of the guys who were drafted in 2015 are still on the team. This is arguably one of the weaker rosters we’ve seen in Philly, and no one’s discussing any championships.
The Eagles haven’t been able to kick the door of the Super Bowl down at the end of the past two seasons, but they’ve given us all reasons to hope. They came within a few plays of another NFC Championship Game appearance to conclude the 2018-2019 season. Thay made the playoffs a season ago with a shattered roster.
Then, as we moved through March, they let Malcolm Jenkins go. He was a guy that was respected and “took one for the team” contractually on more than one occasion. The hope was that Philly would take care of him later. They didn’t, and whether you realize that or not, guys paid attention.