What a difference a year makes. 365-plus days ago, much of the Philadelphia Eagles contingent was still on its ‘fire Howie Roseman‘ campaign. We won’t even lie. Some of our staff at Inside The Iggles was fanning the flame. Then, it happened. There was an impressive NFL Draft and a stronger showing in navigating free agency’s waters. Howie had built a team that could compete for a Vince Lombardi Trophy. He even put a few cherries on top of the soufflé with the midseason acquisitions of Ndamukong Suh and Linval Joseph.
Well, there isn’t a Birds fan in the Delaware Valley or anywhere else on Planet Earth that doesn’t know how Philly’s season ended. Much of Eagles Nation is still in mourning, but unlike years past, Roseman has the confidence of the City of Brotherly Love’s media and the NFL’s most loyal fan base.
While he begins building the 2023-2024 roster, one of the NFL’s most trusted voices has some advice.
Eagles news: Peter King has some advice for Howie Roseman.
If you’re like the rest of us, Peter King’s Football Morning in America column is always a must-read. In his most recent, he shared some of his notes from Super Bowl 57, including Philly’s defensive breakdown. He also offered some advice to Howie Roseman concerning his handling of free agency. Here’s a quote.
"I think Howie Roseman doesn’t need my help. But I think the Eagles have a quarterback to sign and will have to be judicious, very judicious, with their free-agent cash. I think corner James Bradberry and guard Isaac Seumalo will get big offers elsewhere and should be free to walk. I wouldn’t give Miles Sanders a big offer; backs are easy enough to replace. I wouldn’t get emotional about a great Eagle, Fletcher Cox, unless he can return for low money. Roseman knows he won’t be the most popular guy in town, or in the locker room, in the coming weeks. One player he might be able to keep for okay money is defensive back C.J. Gardner-Johnson."
Honestly, we’d agree with just about all of that.
More Eagles news: The Eagles offered Jonathan Gannon a significant pay raise before he left to lead the Arizona Cardinals.
We told you that King’s Monday morning column was a must-read, and it is. Check out what he said concerning former Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon. The Eagles brass planned to give him a significant pay raise to convince him to stay with the Birds.
Following his introductory presser in Arizona, he told King the following.
"I loved Philly. I love Mr. Lurie. I love Howie Roseman. I love Nick Sirianni. They came back and they were like, here’s a new offer. It’s gonna pay you more than being a head coach. That’s cool and I loved it there but I wanted to be a head coach and I was excited about this because of Mr. Bidwill—Michael, as he would say—[GM] Monti Ossenfort, and Kyler."
Give King’s column a read if you haven’t already.
Even more Eagles news: Philadelphia interviews Jim Leonhard.
One of the more intriguing discussions this offseason revolves around the Eagles’ vacant offensive and defensive coordinator positions (and a new opening at linebacker’s coach).
Vance Joseph will interview via Zoom with the Eagles on Wednesday and again via Zoom on Thursday with vice president/general manager Howie Roseman and chairman/owner Jeffrey Lurie. Also, according to a report from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, they also sat down with former Wisconsin defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard. 247Sports Michigan State reporter Justin Thind believes this would be a great hire.
Stay tuned. Things are getting interesting. It will be even more interesting to see what Philadelphia’s next moves are.