Philadelphia Eagles kick Jordan Howard’s tires again, but why?

Jordan Howard (Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)
Jordan Howard (Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports) /

No, Philadelphia Eagles fans, your eyes are not deceiving you. There’s really no nice way to say this. It’s gotten to a point where, as much as you hate to do things like this, you have to start using general manager Howie Roseman’s name in conjunction with words like ‘liar’ and ‘incompetent’.

It’s okay to make mistakes. We’ve all done that, and if you live a little longer, something that we all hope to do, it’s safe to say that you will make more. Here’s where all of those worlds collide.

We have to tell you this story if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan.

It wasn’t that long ago that the little guy with the short man’s complex stared down the Philly media with a sheet a looseleaf as the Birds began putting a roster together in 2020 and told a story of how he walked into the offices of both Doug Pederson and Andy Weidl’s offices to inform them of how the Eagles were supposed to construct their roster going forward.

Doug’s no longer here by the way, but you know that. Sorry. That has absolutely nothing to do with the story. It just feels as though it needed to be said.

“Can he run? Is he healthy? Does he love to play?” was Philly’s new mantra, or that’s what we were told. Since then, they seemingly have abandoned that theory at every turn. A team that was supposed to get younger and less expensive is still the same old and expensive team that it has been for the past three seasons.

Here are a few more scattered notes if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this team has kicked the tires on everyone from Corey Clement to Jason Peters when it was clear that they just couldn’t play anymore. They’ve also held on to guys for much too long (see most of the guys who have appeared on the receiving corps over the course of the past five seasons).

This wouldn’t be a total failure if Philly learned from their mistakes. Again, they have not. This franchise has shown a consistent inability to determine when running backs have given all that they can give. They held on to Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles too long. They learned nothing from that. They re-signed Corey Clement twice and even considered bringing LeSean McCoy back.

Did we mention that the lightbulb never seems to go off with this team?

Now, according to team reports, they’re bringing in linebacker Eric Wilson, and they’re back Jordan Howard again. If you’re confused, don’t fret. You’re not alone. Some of our staff seconds the notion. It’s like some Birds fans don’t get it.

We told you last year that this was a bad idea. Some of you called it a slam-dunk. What happened? The dude carried the ball seven times for 27 yards. So much for can he run and can he play right? Perhaps the theory is that he’s rested now and ready for the grind. We’ll see how that works out.

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The page turns, and Jordan Howard is a year older, and for another season at least, Birds fans will have to watch him hobble around. There’s no nice way to say this. The Eagles have gone from a team that moves off of guys too early to a team that moves off of guys a year too late. Here lies a signing that doesn’t give us much to be excited about.