Eagles Nation’s worst overreactions as two defensive starters sign elsewhere

Javon Hargrave #97, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Javon Hargrave #97, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Here’s the best part of what’s been a wild Monday. You do realize the new NFL year hasn’t even started yet, right? Two hours after noon came and the Philadelphia Eagles and all of the other 31 NFL franchises were allowed to tamper legally, Philly was… well… tampered with.

Three members of the core four (Brandon Graham, Lane Johnson, and Jason Kelce) are all locked in for at least one more run with the Birds in 2023. We’ll see what happens with Fletcher Cox.

Here’s what we do know. T.J. Edwards and Javon Hargrave, two starters from last season’s roster, will play for other NFL teams in 2023. As you might expect, much of Eagles Nation is disappointed about that. You wouldn’t believe what some people are saying though.

Get a load of some of the best overreactions as two Eagles starters from the 2022 roster sign with other NFC teams ahead of free agency’s kick-off.

So, how are you guys feeling? You have most certainly heard the news by now. T.J. Edwards and Javon Hargrave are gone. The former signed a massive deal with the San Francisco 49ers. The latter reached a deal that will land him in Chicago with the Bears.

Take a look for yourselves.

If you have friends and family members that love this team as much as you do, we recommend calling to check on them. We haven’t even gotten over the pain of losing the Super Bowl, and now it appears we’ve been gut punched. Many of the key players that helped Philly get there will leave to play in other cities. Two are already gone. More will follow.

While we knew that would happen, here’s what we’ve learned. Nothing truly prepares you for seeing it play out. Some of you need to calm down though. The overreaction has been through the roof. Seriously, you should hear some of this stuff.

The Niners are now the team to beat in the NFC.

Okay, maybe this isn’t an overreaction. Landing Javon Hargrave was massive for the Niners, but it’s much too early to crown them as NFC champions.

While the Eagles’ roster overhaul will most certainly continue, they’re still loaded with talent and a stable coaching staff. Worst case scenario, right now, it feels like Philly and San Fran could be headed to a rematch in the NFC Championship Game… maybe.

Also, losing DeMeco Ryans could affect San Francisco to some degree, and the Eagles are home to pro football’s best general manager.

What in the world is Howie Roseman doing?

It’s important to remember that things are just getting underway. We knew the Eagles would lose players. We knew Philly wouldn’t make big splashes in free agency, but remember, things got off to a slow start during 2022’s offseason. Things worked out well then, and they’ll work out this time too.

Howie Roseman is the NFL’s best general manager It isn’t like any of this snuck up on him. Breathe… Relax… Everything is going to be fine.

What if Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean can’t play?

Following his extension in 2022, if you’ve been paying attention, you’ve probably noticed that Howie Roseman has made many of his moves with the future in mind. Part of the beauty of landing Jordan Davis, Cam Jurgens, and Nakobe Dean in last year’s draft was we knew they didn’t need to be relied upon early.

Now, with Hargrave, Edwards, and possibly Isaac Seumalo gone, the Birds have guys that they can promote to fill the voids. Something tells us Davis, Dean, and Jurgens will be special.

Can we trust Jalen Hurts to carry this team once he inks what’s sure to be a massive extension?

This is the nature of the NFL folks. Jalen Hurts is almost done playing on a rookie deal, and now, it’s time to get paid.

Maybe the Eagles are in a few more shootouts next season. Maybe that means the Eagles are able to rely on the running game less often, but Jalen has proven that he can win games with his arm, and with A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith, and Dallas Goedert still in town, Philly’s offense shouldn’t lose any steam.

Jalen will improve next year as well. Don’t forget about that. He still hasn’t reached his ceiling.