With a few days to digest that loss in New Orleans now under our belt, it’s time to look ahead to what’s next for the Philadelphia Eagles.
There is every reason to be bullish on their future. There is enough evidence that proves Howie Roseman, Joe Douglas and Doug Pederson are the right men in charge to turn this team into a perennial playoff contender.
“We’re looking to compete at a very high level next year, and hopefully for as long as we’re standing up here.”
— Brian McLaughlin (@B_McGLOCK) January 15, 2019
So, what’s next? How do they get back to Championship Sunday?
This is a very important offseason for the Eagles. They have holes to fill and big decisions to make.
I have done my homework and compiled my official 2019 offseason checklist…
- Figure out the Foles situation
- Left tackle/O-line depth (2)
- Running back- ideally a bell cow
- Impact linebacker
- Pass rusher/D-Line depth (2)
- Secondary help (possibly corner and safety)
- Burner WR
-The Foles situation:
Both Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson made it crystal clear that Carson Wentz is the guy moving forward.
So, what will they do with Nick Foles? Answering that question will most likely be their first order of business.
Odds on Nick Foles' next team, per Bet DSI:
NY Giants +1000
Tampa Bay +2000
— Nick Veronica (@NickVeronica) January 15, 2019
Once Foles officially moves on, they could look to add a veteran backup such as Ryan Fitzpatrick for example, or draft a guy they like in the later rounds for Doug Pederson to groom.
-Left tackle/O line depth
Brandon Brooks has a torn Achilles, and Jason Peters looked like he was finished. Wiz will return, and they have Big V and Jordan Mailata waiting in the wings, but I think it would make sense to add a veteran and draft a few as well.
One free agent that sticks out is D.J Fluker. I’m sure Jeff Stoutland would love to add another Alabama guy to his unit. Fluker is still just 27, and can play both guard and tackle.
The Eagles have to address the running back situation this off-season. Ajayi is gone, Darren Sproles is on his last legs, and Adams/Clement/Smallwood are just role players.
The draft is where they should be looking.
Here’s a few names..
Damien Harris, Alabama
Elijah Holyfield, Georgia
Josh Jacobs, Alabama
Justice Hill, Oklahoma State
David Montgomery, Iowa Stata
Benny Snell Jr, Kentucky
Sleeper: Darrell Henderson, Memphis
Darrell Henderson averaged an absurd 6.17 yards per attempt AFTER CONTACT, easily leading qualified AAC Running backs. pic.twitter.com/5v5JIXUUIX
— PFF College (@PFF_College) January 16, 2019
They could bring back Jordan Hicks, but it’s more likely they’ll move on.
Joe Douglas has had success drafting linebackers in Baltimore. But if they decide to go the free agent route, one of the players Douglas did draft, C.J Mosley, is a free agent and could be available.
Either way, the position will need to be addressed.
The way the NFL game is being played right now, you better go find some linebacker who can run, cover and blitz.
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) January 14, 2019
-Pass rusher/D line depth
The first order of business is Brandon Graham. I personally would like him to stay on this team, but business is business.
One of the reasons why the Eagles went 13-3 in 2017 was their d line depth. It will be a high priority for them to replenish that depth this offseason.
Howie Roseman said this is a historically great defensive line group in the draft. #Eagles
— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) January 15, 2019
It’s obvious that they will need to add some help to their secondary. Jalen Mills and Rodney McLeod will be back, although McLeod will most likely have to restructure.
With so many young guys at corner already on the roster, adding a veteran via free agency, ala Patrick Robinson in 2017, might be the best way to go. Ronald Darby will also be on their radar, but could get a bigger deal elsewhere.
Additionally, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to draft a safety to groom under Malcolm Jenkins.
We’ll have to see what they do with Golden Tate and Nelson Agholor first, but whether it’s in the draft or during free agency, adding a receiver that can stretch the field should be a priority.
There are two free agents that caught my eye..
Tyrell Williams, LA Chargers
John Brown, Baltimore Ravens
Both are burners that could open things up for Ertz, Goedert, and Alshon Jeffery.