Says Bo Wulf of The Athletic:
An offseason that promised change delivered it with big money spent on defense.
Javon Hargrave made his Eagles debut yesterday after missing training camp with a pectoral injury and failed to record a single tackle as the run defense was gashed.
Darius Slay, acquired for a third-round and a fifth-round pick and gifted a new contract, has looked the part of a shutdown corner through two games while the team burns around him.
Maybe that shouldn’t have been the priority after all. The offseason fixes on offense were relegated to the coaching staff, save for first-round pick Jalen Reagor, who has been as productive as one could reasonably expect of a rookie with five catches for 96 yards in two games. The team’s second- and third-round picks have played a combined three non-special teams snaps.
Salary cap-wise, this top-heavy roster is worth the second-most money in the league. The 10 highest-paid players are:
Fletcher Cox, who turns 30 in December and does not appear to be the game-wrecking force he once was
Alshon Jeffery, who has not played since November and, at 30, is hoping to return from a Lisfranc injury before Week 7
Zach Ertz, who turns 30 in November and is publicly lobbying for a new contract
Lane Johnson, who, at 30, is starting the season gutting through a high-ankle sprain he reinjured this summer
DeSean Jackson, who is the third-oldest starting wide receiver in the league at 33
Jason Kelce, who turns 33 in November and has openly considered retirement
Brandon Graham, 32, who made the biggest play of the day for the Eagles on defense
Malik Jackson, who will be a free agent this offseason at 31
Slay, who doesn’t turn 30 until the first day of 2021