By Jack Ryan
If you’re excited about the Eagles offseason moves, you’re in good company.
Here’s what legendary Cowboys exec Gil Brandt thinks, courtesy of NFL.com:
The Eagles weren’t all that far last season from making a second straight Super Bowl appearance, despite losing quarterback Carson Wentz to injury for the second year in a row.
Facing a tight cap situation, general manager Howie Roseman pulled off the kind of miracle-working, wheeling-and-dealing offseason that has become his trademark.
In addition to reportedly restructuring the contracts of veterans like Lane Johnson and Jason Peters, Roseman played his cards right with defensive tackle Tim Jernigan, declining his option, using a portion of the freed-up cap space to make moves like adding Malik Jackson, then bringing Jernigan back at a reduced rate.
Philly also re-signed Brandon Graham before the start of free agency and then brought Vinny Curry back into the fold after Curry’s season-long sojourn in Tampa. The continued growth of Derek Barnett should help mitigate the loss of Michael Bennett, who was traded to New England.
This team is now loaded at receiver, with returning former Eagle DeSean Jackson — who has more touchdowns of 60-plus yards to his name than anyone else in NFL history — and second-round pick J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (No. 57) joining a group led by Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor.
The running back room was significantly upgraded by the trade for former Bear Jordan Howard and the Round 2 selection of Penn State’s Miles Sanders (No. 53). Finally, Roseman snagged his left tackle of the future when he jumped ahead of Houston in the first round of the draft for Andre Dillard (No. 22). The key now is for Wentz to return to his pre-injury form.