Eagles Off-Season

Eagles Off-Season

Bryan Murphy, Reporter

After a lackluster season the Eagles started to clean house firing most of the coaching staff and superbowl winning head coach Doug Pederson. It was clear that quarterback Carson Wentz and Coach Pederson were not getting along especially when reports came out they didn’t talk for weeks during the season, but even after Pederson was fired, Wentz still seemed to have grievances with the Eagles organization. After weeks of rumors of going to the Bears or the Colts Wentz was dealt to Indianapolis for a 2021 third round pick and a 2022 conditional second round pick that can turn into a first if he plays 75% of all snaps. With Wentz leaving the Eagles gained a decent amount of draft capital but the team still had the second worst cap situation.

The cap situation put the Eagles in a tough position cutting players like Desean Jackson, Alshon Jeffrey, and Malik Jackson. Trying to free up more cap room and gain draft capital Zach Ertz was put on the trade block but he has yet to have been moved to another team. A large number of players restructured their contracts in order to get the Eagles under the cap. The team was silent for the first few days of free agency until they made a small move signing Adrian Killians who was on our practice squad for a majority of the season to a two year deal. After losing a few special teams players to free agency so the Eagles signed Safety Andrew Adams who was a key special teams player for the Buccaneers. With Rodney Mcleod most likely being injured coming into the season and losing Jalen Mills to the Patriots, Anthony Harris was signed to a one year contract.

General Manager Howie Roseman has been dismantled by Philly sports media in recent months but that has not stopped him from making questionable decisions and one of those moves is signing Joe Flacco not to backup Jalen Hurts but to have a Quarterback competition. If signing Flacco as a possible starter wasn’t questionable enough rumors came out that the Eagles tried to trade up to the third overall pick in the draft. The Forty Niners eventually outbid the Eagles giving the Dolphins the 12th overall pick and two future first round picks for the number three pick. The Eagles then traded with the Dolphins for the 12th pick and a one of their future first round picks giving up the sixth overall pick. With Trading the sixth pick to the Dolphins the Eagles now have two potentially three first round picks which could be a good sign for the future of the team. With four first round picks in two years this team can use that draft capital on a big trade or they could keep all of the picks and pick up some promising young talent.

The team was at risk of losing some of their young talent like Alex Singleton, Greg Ward, and Boston Scott if they could not sign them to a new contract they would become restricted free agents. GM Howie Roseman tendered all three of the players which mean that any contract a team offers a player the Eagles can automatically match the offer. All three of the players resigned with the team keeping a large portion of the young core together. Jordan Howard left Philly for Miami last year but was cut mid way through the season and returned to the Eagles but stayed on the practice squad for the remainder of the year due to covid but Howard just signed a one year deal with the Eagles and he brings in the missing piece in the Running Back room. What seems to be one of the birds final signings of the off season Line Backer Eric Wilson was recently picked up and with him being added to the team its a big upgrade for our Line Backer position. Although this season isn’t looking to bright the Eagles made some decent moves and that is a good sign for the future.