3. This team can’t forget to balance long-term and short-term goals.
New Orleans’ gamble in 2018 paid off, but even though it worked for New Orleans, the Eagles are in a different place in their development. Getting younger as a team doesn’t happen in a single offseason, and giving away first-round picks unnecessarily won’t help Philadelphia stay competitive year after year.
Philly’s all-pro center Jason Kelce has been very upfront with the fans and organization about his intent to retire soon. That gives the Eagles plenty of time to find his replacement. The first round of the 2021 or one of the middle rounds of the 2020 draft could be a great place to find their next center, but if the Eagles were to strike a similar deal to the one New Orleans made almost two years ago, they may not even get the chance.
Sitting tight at 21 and taking the best receiver available will set the Eagles up not only for this year but for the future as well. Trading away the future for a marginally better player in Ruggs, Jeudy, or Lamb is just a bad business decision.