Let’s keep this simple. The Philadelphia Eagles don’t need Raheem Mostert.
The months change, seasons change, and years change, but it’s the same old story in the “City of Brotherly Love” with the Philadelphia Eagles. The success of any NFL star and that star’s declaration that they’re unhappy with their current situation and want a trade leads to one thing, rumors of the “Birds” being a potential landing spot.
It’s a little different when it comes to players who have been here before. See Raheem Mostert of the San Francisco 49ers. His NFL journey began in 2015 as Chip Kelly’s Eagles signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Purdue, but those who remember that knew his road to the Eagles’ roster would end at a dead end.
He was a victim of the numbers game as Philly had just signed DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews to go along with Kenjon Barner and Darren Sproles. Almost five years later, a great season with the NFC Champion Niners in 2019, his best, has some of the Eagles fan base throwing that “reunion” word around. Let’s not waste a ton of time here. This wouldn’t be a wise move.
Here are three reasons why the reacquisition of Mostert would be a bad move.
1. One year does nota great career make.
Perhaps the most talked-about argument for anyone opposed to Mostert’s return is the one that states everyone should temper the excitement about what he did in 2018 and 2019. His coach was, after all, Kyle Shanahan.
Once upon a time, it seemed that everyone Kyle Shanahan’s father, Mike, plugged into his offensive scheme turned into a star. Years later, Matt Ryan and Kirk Cousins have never looked as good as they did when Kyle was their offensive coordinator.
Sure, Mostert looked great in that 49er offense, but what took so long? Has he really turned the corner, or was he the product of an offensive genius?
2. Philly has a bunch of guys with the same skill set.
Call it a crazy theory, but it doesn’t seem like Philly needs another shifty guy that’s around 205 pounds. Miles Sanders and Boston Scott should improve in 2020, and they both contribute in the ground game and as receivers.
Philly also added Michael Warren and Adrian Killins Jr. as undrafted free agents after the most recent selection meeting. If this team adds another running back to the roster, it doesn’t need to be a change-of-pace guy. It needs to be a sledgehammer.
3. It’s time to coach up the guys this team already has.
Too often, Philly’s mode of roster building looks like this. They draft guys. Those guys don’t work out, and Philly covers for those mistakes by adding proven free agents. The problem with that is older guys get hurt faster.
For this team to be successful long-term, they have to draft guys, coach them up, and get them to produce. This team doesn’t need to kick the tires on another older guy. They need to get some production out of Warren and Killins. If Philly wants another speedster on the roster, it needs to be one of those two or both of them.