The Inky’s Bob Ford writes:
Howie Roseman, who is back in control of the Eagles, never really went away, but his power did while Chip Kelly (above left with new coach Doug Pecderson) tried his luck at team building. That means Roseman gets a full reset on his clock now, with lots of time to get things right.
Roseman is taking full advantage of that luxury this offseason. He has committed $280 million in future contract guarantees, some of which had to be done sooner rather than later, but some of which didn’t. He has locked up holdover players for significant time and money – which is a great idea – but admittedly at the expense of the short-term quality of the team.
“It would have been much easier from all of our perspectives to invest in guys that could just make this year’s team better. But we felt like we had to put ourselves in a position to have, at some point, a run of success where it’s not just piecemeal year-to-year,” Roseman said last week. “You’re not talking about a team that has just won the Super Bowl. . . . We have a lot of work to do here. But we can’t do it without good players. We have to keep our good players and then build layers on top of it.”