By Annie Ross
Hey, Howie Boy Roseman!
Got any money left for Bennie Logan?
The Eagles’ projected starting 22 has just one prospective 2017 free agent—nose tackle Logan.
And that’s the result of a whirlwind offseason of activity that resulted in extensions to get Fletcher Cox, Zach Ertz, Vinny Curry and Lane Johnson under contract through (at least) 2020. Jason Kelce was already inked for that long, and 2020 will also be the option year on second overall pick Carson Wentz’s rookie deal.
Roseman, now back in charge as the team’s executive vice president of football ops, saw two elements to all that activity.
So in order to keep together a group that he and coach Doug Pederson liked (remember, Pederson knew some of the guys having been in Philly in 2012), moving quickly on contracts made sense.
“The market doesn’t go down,” said Roseman. “With each free agent class, the market naturally goes up. So if you do some deals early, that make sense for both sides, it can help you. It’s like drafting. You won’t get every one right and see everyone to the end of their deal, but you try to get more right than wrong and keep the team together that way.”