Some Philadelphia Eagles players may not contribute much in 2020.
Those Philadelphia Eagles fans always seem to be looking forward to the draft and free agency. Year in and year out, the debate rages about whom them ‘Birds’ signed or added. It’s understandable. After all, those are the two events where the ‘Birds’ can replenish their roster and add contributors.
We could even make the case that the draft and free agency are as meaningful as the Super Bowl itself for most teams and fans. Only two teams get to play on Championship Sunday while everyone else is thinking about how to get there themselves. Once the noise settles and the games start counting again, the hype that comes with the draft and free agency fades.
Big-time signings or high draft picks end up becoming role players or non-factors. It’s the crude reality of football. We root for the underdogs and for local talent to succeed, but it’s difficult to keep fans engaged if the players don’t perform when it matters the most.
Welcome to a world where once-promising free-agent additions and highly-touted college prospects eventually become afterthoughts (and sometimes villains). It isn’t always fair, but that’s the nature of a sport where the vibe is ‘what have you done for me lately’?
The Eagles currently have some of those players that we pegged as ‘the next best thing’ and a few others that haven’t fulfilled expectations, players they thought could help them reach another Super Bowl but wound up being salary cap hindrances and guys that hung around too long after their prime years were over.
Vice president and general manager Howie Roseman has had a few hits, but for every one of those, he also has also had a handful of misses. There have been free-agent signings that didn’t pan out and diamond-in-the-rough types that didn’t do much when given the chance. Call them what you want. They’re simply players that may have overstayed their welcome in the ‘City of Brotherly Love’. Cue the controversy. Here’s a story about three such cases.