One month after what might wind up being the most disappointing loss by the Philadelphia Eagles in franchise history, the time for mourning is at its end… for now anyway. Something tells us that loss won’t age well, but more important and more immediate matters are at hand. It’s time to build the 2023-2024 roster.
The fireworks began on Monday as legal tampering got underway. Per the NFL operations website, teams were allowed to communicate and negotiate with players to begin hammering out deals that can be signed once the new league year begins on March 15th at 4 p.m. EST.
As expected, many members of last season’s Eagles roster saw their names involved in much of the action. Here’s a look at everything Birds-related that went down on Monday and Tuesday if you’re keeping score or got a little busy and may have missed what’s been happening.
Departures by now-former Eagles and extensions for some of the veterans have both been announced.
At the time of this story’s publishing, there have been no announcements of splash signings of outside talent, but Howie Roseman was able to agree to terms with some of the core players from Philly’s Super Bowl run. The Birds lost a few starters. They’ll most certainly lose some of the other guys we’ve gotten to know, but some of the veteran leadership will stay intact.
The Birds were hit hard on Monday, especially on the defensive side of the ball. They lost another key piece on Tuesday but announced the extensions of some of their own talent on both days as well. Here’s what we’ve been made aware of so far.
- Javon Hargrave – agreed to terms with the San Francisco 49ers
- T.J. Edwards – agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the Bears
- Andre Dillard – agreed to terms with the Titans
- Marcus Epps – agreed to terms on a two-year, $12 million deal with the Raiders
- Kyzir White – agreed to terms on a two-year, $11M max deal with the Cardinals
Losing Javon Hargrave was a gut punch, but at least we didn’t get the wind knocked out of us. It was a gut punch we saw coming, and that allowed us to brace ourselves. Javon agreed to a massive four-year deal worth $84 million with $40 million guaranteed at signing. In truth, that’s a price the Eagles just weren’t going to pay.
Kyzir White’s landing in Arizona is also intriguing. There, he joins Jonathan Gannon and his former position coach, Nick Rallis. The former is the new head coach in Zona. The latter left Philly recently to join J.G. as the Cards’ new defensive coordinator.
Players that agreed to terms to remain in Philadelphia
Howie Roseman is doing his part to keep as much of a solid roster together as possible. Franchise legends Brandon Graham and Jason Kelce will both return for another season in midnight green. Philly also announced the following signings.
- Brett Toth – agrees to re-sign with Philadelphia
- Rashaad Penny – agrees to sign with Philadelphia
- Boston Scott – agrees to terms on a one-year, $2 million deal
- James Bradberry – agrees to terms on a new three-year extension
Terms of these news deals that we haven’t heard about are expected to be announced relatively soon. Keep your head on a swivel. Contrary to what some have said, this won’t be a boring offseason.