The Eagles can't overspend on aging talent and let YOUNG core players walk away.
Okay, so maybe we're being a tad dramatic. Philly has some time here. They need to hang onto DeVonta Smith, but they also have a fifth-year option worked into his rookie deal. They need to begin making concerted efforts to lock down some other guys though.
Haason Reddick, Milton Williams, Jake Elliott, and Landon Dickerson are all in contract seasons. The same can be said about Reed Blankenship and Britain Covey among others. The Birds need to get most of those guys extended as quickly as humanly possible.
If there is some way we can convince Howie Roseman to stop rewriting so many deals that lead to so much dead money later, that would be ideal. The salary cap continues to increase. We're hoping and expecting things to work out.
We trust Howie Roseman to make the best decisions, but we've also seen T.J. Edwards get out of the door. We're still frustrated about that one. Have you seen what he did in Chicago?
The Eagles must begin investing respectable resources into the safety and linebacker positions.
Phrases like 'three levels of defense' exist for a reason. The Birds have been diligent in building their roster through the addition of trench warriors both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. As we all can attest, however, the linebacker corps and secondary don't receive the same attention.
The Eagles haven't drafted a linebacker in the first round of any draft since 1979 (Jerry Robinson). They haven't drafted a defensive back in Round 1 since 2002 (Lito Sheppard). It may be time to rethink that strategy.
Sure, it's wise to build from the trenches, but the second level of the defense and secondary needs to be stocked too. When this team has reached football's biggest game, they have had the luxury of both.