It turned out to be an action-packed demonstration of roster building, one that was chock full of fascinating draft picks and last-minute signings (here's a shout-out to James Bradberry and C.J. Gardner-Johnson). The Philadelphia Eagles' 2022 offseason got off to a slow start though... sort of.
The first handful of days of the new 2022-2023 NFL league year saw the retention of familiar faces like Greg Ward and Andre Chachere, Phiilly's decision to tender restricted free agent Nate Herbig, and the release/reacquisition of Fletcher Cox. There was, however, one splash signing of note, one that added Haason Reddick.
He agreed to terms on a three-year deal, one that would pay him $45 million. We can officially state that decision has turned out to be a great one. Here's the best part. According to Mr. Reddick, we haven't seen the best of him yet.
Eagles star Haason Reddick tells The Philadelphia Inquirer "there's still more levels for me to tap into."
We are currently living in an economic climate that can, at times, be stressful to many families who are struggling to make ends meet. With that being, it seems disrespectful to state someone making an average of $15 million per season is underpaid, By NFL standards, however, that may be the case with Reddick.
We're a long way from having this discussion, but once we wrap up the coming regular and postseason, it will be time to begin thinking about his next payday again. If he pieces together another campaign like his first in Philly, he may be able to write his own ticket. By the looks of things, there are no concerns coming from his direction.
Those aren't words that we hear from someone that's looking to follow a Pro Bowl campaign with a disappointing showing. Heck, from where we're standing, this guy should have been the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year last season.
Haason Reddick racked up 49 tackles, 16 sacks, five forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries in his first regular season with the Birds. He even broke up three passes before tallying 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery during Philly's three-game postseason stint.
If he improves on that, you can best believe there will be no complaints from the Philadelphia Eagles contingent, but as tall as the order might be and with Philly facing a more demanding schedule and better quarterbacks during the 2023-2024 regular season, here's where we stand.
We have no qualms with stating we believe he can get it done. With a new defensive coordinator and all-star talent surrounding him, big things are coming from the guy rocking the Number 7 Eagles jersey during the coming campaign.