By Lewis Gould
If the offseason is the foundation for a great regular season:
The Eagles will win the Super Bowl!
At least that’s what ESPN thinks, given that the Birds got an “A” for the moves pulled off by Howie Boy Roseman (above):
Extended: TE Zach Ertz, TE Brent Celek, RT Lane Johnson, FS Malcolm Jenkins
Re-signed: DE Vinny Curry, LB Najee Goode, QB Sam Bradford, CB Nolan Carroll
Signed: WR Seantavius Jones, CB Leodis McKelvin, G Brandon Brooks, SRodney McLeod, QB Chase Daniel, LB Nigel Bradham, CB Ron Brooks, WR Chris Givens, WR Rueben Randle
Acquired/traded: The eighth overall pick in the 2016 draft from Miami for CB Byron Maxwell, LB Kiko Alonzo and the 13th overall pick; a fourth-round pick in the 2016 draft from Tennessee for RB DeMarco Murray and a 2016 fourth-round pick; conditional seventh-round pick in the 2017 draft from Denver for QB Mark Sanchez
Lost/Cut: DT Cedric Thornton, QB Thad Lewis, WR Riley Cooper, LB DeMeco Ryans, DE Brandon Bair
Finding teams to take the Murray and Maxwell contracts made this free agency period a success independent of whether firing Chip Kelly was the right move for Philly.
“It is a makeover,” Bill Polian said, “but unlike in Cleveland, it is a makeover that you can say, ‘Oh, yeah, this makes sense, this makes sense, this guy fits.’ Now, how well they play remains to be seen, but at least you can see things fitting.”
The Eagles moving from 13th to eighth in the first-round order is huge because there are nine blue-chip players in this draft, counting two quarterbacks. He thought the Eagles’ trades allowed them to dump salaries while recouping draft capital roughly equivalent to the second-round pick they sent to St. Louis in the Sam Bradford trade last offseason. Dominik credited the Eagles for anticipating the market as well as any team in the league when re-signing their players.
“They went a little steep with Curry, but he will fit Jim Schwartz,” Louis Riddick said. “Bradford is a good fit for Doug Pederson. Nolan Carroll they respected. They paid top money for Brandon Brooks, but needed to do something there. Rodney McLeod, I love how he plays. Chase Daniel should have started over Alex Smith at one point last season. I like Nigel Bradham physically. And then to be able to get rid of Maxwell and Alonso and DeMarco and then moving Mark Sanchez is amazing. I’d be dancing a jig in the middle of Broad Street.”