By Michael Donovan
Eagles training camp doesn’t begin for another four weeks, so big boss Howie Boy Roseman has plenty of time on his hands, explaining what led to some of the previous mistakes made by the team and Chip Kelly (above left) in recent years.
“When you look at it, some of the mistakes we’ve made have been going out and spending a lot of money,” Roseman said recently on 94.1 WIP. “A lot of those mistakes were on guys that aren’t our own. They were guys that we’ve brought from another organization, and we thought we knew.”
Like running back DeMarco Murray (signed to a $45 million contract last offseason) who was traded this spring to the Tennessee Titans and cornerback Byron Maxwell (signed to a $63 million deal last offseason) who was dealt to the Miami Dolphins along with linebacker Kiko Alonso in a trade that netted the No. 8 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
With Kelly fired and Roseman reinstated as personnel czar, the Eagles reverted to the organization’s previous philosophy of taking care of their own and building around a largely home-grown core.
The result was signing Lane Johnson, Zach Ertz, Brent Celek, Fletcher Cox and Vinny Curry to new deals this spring.
“We went and looked at our plan for our roster over the next couple of years and said we will never let Fletcher Cox leave the building,” Roseman said. “We will never let Lane [Johnson] leave the building, we will never let Zach[Ertz]…if we do it now, we do it a little early and maybe save on those guys and add to the team, keep as many guys around as possible. We have this core, and we can build off of that.”