Howie Roseman's proactivity keeps doors open for Eagles roster flexibility

How about another hand for how Howie Roseman has handled the Eagles salary cap?
Howie Roseman (pictured) at the NFL Combine
Howie Roseman (pictured) at the NFL Combine / Stacy Revere/GettyImages

It's been a few weeks since Trevor Lawrence reset the quarterback market with a five-year, $275 million contract and Justin Jefferson did the same for the wide receiver market (four years, $140 million). Major contracts have been signed this offseason. Quarterbacks like Dak Prescott and Tua Tagovailoa await their new deals. All could have learned from Philadelphia Eagles GM Howie Roseman. That may have kept them from paying a hefty price.

Being reactive instead of proactive can ultimately cost NFL franchises millions more in player payroll. Meanwhile, Howie does all he can to cut corners and help his team stay competitive. He manipulates the salary cap and has gained cap flexibility throughout his tenure, often signing players earlier rather than later.

The future looks bright for the Eagles with Howie Roseman at the helm.

Roseman executed a masterclass in financial strategy this offseason. He signed DeVonta Smith signed a three-year, $75 million ($51 million guaranteed) in mid-April. That preceded Justin Jefferson and Jaylen Waddle's extensions both are of higher value than Smith's.

Nico Collins agreed to his extension in late May. Amon-Ra St. Brown's extension came more than a week after Smitty's deal. Collins was the only player among the recently extended to receive less money than DeVonta earned.

The Eagles also reached an agreement to extend Landon Dickerson. He has been a crucial piece in the trenches for them. His four-year, $87 million contract extension was announced shortly after the dawn of the new league year began. Keep in mind the fact that he's stll playing on a rookie deal.

Dickerson's current price tag and early extension saved the Eagles several millions of dollars they can use to upgrade other areas on their roster. Philadelphia still has room to be aggressive if they choose to.

The Birds did all this and still had resources to extend A.J. Brown. They were also able to sign both Saquon Barkley and CJ Gardner-Johnson. Their additions also helped fill roster holes.

Linebacker Devin White was also added. There is hope that all of this can help usher the Eagles' return to football's elite and maybe another Super Bowl.

With a strategic and forward-facing front office, one led by Philly's general manager, the Eagles haven't just filled short-term needs. They have established long-term flexibility and success.

As one of the league's winningest teams since 2000, another Super Bowl appearance is possible. Things will have to go according to plan.

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