Supreme Leader Chip Kelly (left) is making all personnel decisions, leaving Howie Boy Roseman to crunch the numbers.
By Peter Gleason
Two months after he was stripped of his general manager’s job, Howie Boy Roseman finally has something to do. Figure out how the Eagles are going to use their:
$27.6 million in Cap Space.
On Jan. 2, owner Jeff Lurie took away Howie Boy’s lifelong dream of being a GM, for which he had no credentials, and went all in with coach Chip Kelly.
But Roseman knows the NFL’s arcane rules about salary cap rules and he better do it well.
The Eagles went 10-6 in 2014 but missed the postseason—and that means you can bet on the Eagles spending cash to try to improve the roster for a playoff run in 2015.
Last Thursday, the Eagles released offensive guard Todd Herremans, who was due to make $4 million next season. His release left the Eagles with $2.4 million of dead money on their cap.
The club must improve the secondary, which was shredded far too often in 2014. Cornerback is a major need, and it shouldn’t surprise anyone if and when the Eagles address it in free agency, with Houston’s Kareem Jackson and Seattle’s Byron Maxwell looking like potential fits.
Kelly also must find a way to keep receiver Jeremy Maclin on the roster, as he’s set to become a free agent.
Running back LeSean McCoy carries the team’s largest 2015 cap hit at $11.95 million, and it’s not outside the realm of possibility that “Shady” could be playing elsewhere next season. His situation looms as one to monitor.