Bennie Logan. (USA Today Sports)
When Howie Roseman went on his spending spree last offseason, he locked up the Eagles’ first two picks in the 2013 draft — Lane Johnson and Zach Ertz. But as the months progressed, it became increasingly clear that signing their third pick in that draft, Bennie Logan, was not a priority.
Now, if the Birds want to keep the 27-year-old defensive tackle who is set to become a free agent this offseason, they may have to open up their wallets even more.
“I think some of the Eagles’ recent contracts, which have been a bit more optimistic about the future potential of their players, will have Logan looking for a big number if he is to bypass free agency to stick with Philly,” Over The Cap’s Jason Fitzgerald told Birds 24/7. “That means looking for Tyrone Crawford/Damon Harrison money in the $9 million per year range, but my feeling is that his market value likely will fall in the $5.75-6.75 million per year range.” Read more »
Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)
Howie Roseman isn’t available to talk to the media much, and when he is, he doesn’t always provide the most clarity with his answers. Regardless, it’s always valuable to hear from the guy whom Jeffrey Lurie is trusting to run the show.
We touched on Roseman’s explanation of the Eric Rowe trade yesterday and how he may have a different draft strategy this year, but here are some final notes on the most important topics Roseman touched on during his conversation with reporters: Read more »
Howie Roseman. (USA Today Sports)
When the Eagles hired Joe Douglas to run their player personnel department last May, the move was hailed as a “home run.” Now, Philadelphia will get a firsthand look at just what he can do.
Howie Roseman revealed Wednesday morning that while he still has final say, Douglas is the one who will set the Eagles’ draft board in the next few months.
“He has full reign to set the draft board. He’s involved in every discussion we have about building this team and I think we’ll start seeing dividends,” Roseman said. “He’s got a way of looking at and evaluating players that is different than what we’ve done in the past, and quite frankly, we needed that.” Read more »
Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)
When the Eagles traded Eric Rowe to the Patriots before the season for a conditional fourth-round pick, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz partially attributed it to Jalen Mills moving ahead of Rowe on the depth chart. But when Howie Roseman addressed the media during his end-of-season press conference Wednesday morning, he offered another explanation that hasn’t been given before.
“When we sat down and discussed the offer, we really started thinking about the likelihood we’d sign him to an extension,” Roseman said of Rowe, who isn’t eligible to sign a contract extension until after the 2017 season. “We want to build this team with some continuity. We felt at that time that we weren’t going to sign him to an extension and to be able to get that value for him and possibly add someone who would be here for a longer period of time made sense for where we were.” Read more »
Connor Barwin. (Jeff Fusco)
With the Eagles’ 2016 season in the rearview mirror, the focus will quickly shift ahead to the their offseason and how they plan to address their holes. But before the Birds can spend their resources on a running back, wide receiver, defensive end or cornerback, the team will have to make some cuts to give Howie Roseman more money to play with.
Roseman is one of the most active general managers in the NFL, but the Eagles currently have one of their worst 2017 cap situations in the league. According to Over The Cap, Philadelphia has around $9.4 million in projected 2017 cap space, which is 29th in the NFL.
Here are five players who may be cap casualties, ranked in order of likelihood (all figures are via Over The Cap): Read more »
Carson Wentz and Jordan Matthews. (Jeff Fusco)
After throwing a pair of touchdown passes en route to a 27-13 win over the Cowboys, Carson Wentz experienced a strange feeling that typically doesn’t come with victory: sadness.
“Yeah, we won last night and that was cool, but it was weird last night and this morning coming in like, ‘We’re not going to be back here.’ That same team, that same locker room will never be the same,” Wentz said on Monday. “It’s kind of a crappy feeling, but we’re gonna use that now. I know I’m going to personally use that; I never want to have that feeling again. I want to be playing into January the rest of my career, God willing.” Read more »
Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)
Change isn’t coming. Well, at least not significant change up top. Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman are both expected to return in their roles. Frank Reich, Jim Schwartz and Dave Fipp could earn interviews for head coaching jobs around the league, but each coordinator will likely be back. Pederson will once again call plays next season, and he doesn’t anticipate much movement among his position coaches.
On the personnel side, Roseman is always one of the most active general managers in the NFL, and you can expect the Eagles to target several positions in the offseason (cornerback, wide receiver and defensive end, to name a few). But according to Over The Cap, the Eagles have one of the worst 2017 cap situations in the league as they have just $9 million in space. While Roseman could free up some money by cutting guys like Connor Barwin, Ryan Mathews and Leodis McKelvin, the Birds still rank 29th in the NFL in cap room.
But they do have one thing going for them, and it’s a big one: Read more »
Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)
The Eagles beat the Cowboys, 27-13, to finish the season with a 7-9 record, including a 6-2 mark at home and 2-4 mark in NFC East games. Here’s what we saw: Read more »
Jordan Matthews. (Jeff Fusco)
The following Eagles are inactive for their season finale against the Cowboys today at Lincoln Financial Field: Jordan Matthews, Mychal Kendricks, Allen Barbre, Dwayne Gratz, Josh Andrews, Dillon Gordon and Taylor Hart. Isaac Seumalo will start at left guard in place of Barbre and Paul Turner will start in the slot in place of Matthews. Read more »
Brandon Graham (USA Today Sports)
In this week’s installment of Opposition Research, we talked to Dallas Morning News Cowboys beat writer Jon Machota. We discussed how much the Cowboys’ starters will play, whether Dak Prescott or Ezekiel Elliott has been more valuable and a few other topics. Read more »