Eagles roster: Extensions, player roles, other ideas about the defensive line

Derek Barnett (96), Javon Hargrave (97), Josh Sweat (94), T.J. Edwards (57), Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Derek Barnett (96), Javon Hargrave (97), Josh Sweat (94), T.J. Edwards (57), Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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Fletcher Cox #91, Ndamukong Suh #74, Philadelphia Eagles
Fletcher Cox #91, Ndamukong Suh #74, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /

So what comes next for the Philadelphia Eagles defensive line?

Howie Roseman and the Philadelphia Eagles are no strangers to turnover. In 2017, they began the season with an 8-1 start and went on to win the Super Bowl. Heading into Week 11, they’re 9-1 with only seven members of the 2017 roster still being on the current 2022 53-man roster.

The Eagles have also proven that they prioritize building a team through the trenches, spending a first-round draft choice on either an offensive lineman or defensive lineman with three of their five first-round selections since 2017.

While players such as J.J. Watt and Yannick Ngakoue could be free agents in 2023, it is hard to imagine the Eagles choosing to invest what minimal cap space they have in aging veterans unless we are discussing Fletcher Cox and/or Brandon Graham. Ndamukong Suh, Linval Joseph, and Robert Quinn are, no doubt, out of here.

Again, there’s no guarantee that one or both will be back (or that they’ll leave). Again, if this organization hasn’t taught us anything else, we’ve learned that nothing should surprise us.

B.G. and Fletch have been playing together on the Eagles’ defensive line since 2012. Some believe they’re well past their prime and their best years are behind them. Others believe that they deserve to play out their careers in Philadelphia if that’s their desire.

The Philadelphia Eagles also don’t need to spend money in free agency to add major talent to their defensive line. They not only have their first-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, but they also hold the New Orleans Saints’ first-round draft choice, which, if what we’ve seen during the 2022 season is any indication, could wind up being a top-five selection.

The Eagles may find themselves in a position to add a major college talent to their roster in April. Names such as Myles Murphy, Jalen Carter, or Jaquelin Roy could be selected with either the Saints’ or Eagles’ pick, and be huge contributors for the future alongside Jordan Davis for years to come.

Regardless of what the Philadelphia Eagles decide to do, one thing is certain. Howie Roseman won’t be complacent when it comes to improving Philly’s defensive line.

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