For the Philadelphia Eagles, patience is a much-needed virtue.
For you young Philadelphia Eagles fans, here’s a history lesson. Once upon a time, before Jeffrey Lurie ruled the nest (pun intended), there was Norman Braman. At the dawn of free agency, Braman wasn’t really a fan, nor was he one of those NFL owners who adapted to change with relative ease. With that being said, whenever great players on this team became eligible for free agency, they just left.
That’s a large reason why Reggie White ended up with the Green Bay Packers by the way. Braman refused to play the game that was free agency. Fast forward, and the Eagles are enjoying their longest period of sustained success under Lurie’s watch. They’ve done so while employing four coaches (Ray Rhodes, Andy Reid, Chip Kelly, and Doug Pederson), and even though he makes us angry at times, you have to tip your hat to the current vice president and general manager, Howie Roseman, for that as well.
Sure, “The Dream Team” was on him, but so was that Super Bowl roster. If you’re going to win with LeGarrette Blount and Nick Foles, occasionally you’ll lose with Nnamdi Asomugha. Free agency and contract extensions are a crapshoot, but even though the “Birds” have had more success with proven veterans than the guys they’ve drafted, they’ve been known to get stuck in some bad deals. See Alshon Jeffery if you need an example.
Going forward, if the Eagles want to hoist another Vince Lombardi Trophy, they’ll need the proper mix of veterans and youth. How they juggle the salary cap will play a huge part in that. Here are five high-profile Eagles nearing the end of some deals that Philly’s brass may want to take more time and evaluate before diving headfirst into some long-term deals.