Building a Realistic Eagles Dream Off-Season

Now that the Eagles coaching staff is set up and ready to head into the offseason it’s time to finally begin talking about free agency, trades and the draft. Howie Roseman has been pretty silent in free agency since 2016 when he signed Rodney McLeod and Brandon Brooks. That of course mostly has to do with the Eagles cap situation. 

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)
Howie Roseman (Jeff Fusco)

This off-season has the potential to be different. According to overthecap.com the Eagles are expected to have just under $41 million to work with over the next few months. That number does seem to be moving all around the place considering when I looked a few weeks ago and it was just under $47 million. That being said, let’s say that the Eagles will have $41 million… Howie Roseman said in his press conference on January 8th that the team will look to get younger. Howie has played the compensatory pick game the last few years and finally it has looked to pay off leaving the Eagles with ten total picks in this year’s draft, including six in the first four rounds. The team also has 17 impending free agents to make decisions on.


Decisions for the Eagles Free Agents to be:

In my world, I’d imagine that only seven of the free agents to-be are brought back next year.

Rodney McLeod, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Jalen Mills, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Jordan Howard, Nate Sudfeld and Cam Johnston. 

Meaning that the following players will not be back. 

Jason Peters, Timmy Jernigan, Nelson Agholor, Vinny Curry, Hassan Ridgeway, Richard Rodgers, Corey Clement and Craig James


Players on the roster that also need to be talked about possibly being moved. 

Malcolm Jenkins, Nigel Bradham, Alshon Jeffery, Ronald Darby, Derek Barnett, Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas

It just feels like the Eagles are going to find a way to bring back Malcolm Jenkins. 

As for Nigel Bradham, it seems unlikely that he will be back with his $9.8 million cap hit next year. The Eagles have an option to get out of the deal if they wish so they have leverage if/when they approach him to restructure his deal. Possible and likely the Eagles look to get younger at the linebacker position though. 

Alshon Jeffery is unlikely to be cut because of the $28 million he would count towards the cap in 2020, he’s also unlikely to be traded because he’s injured and will most likely start the season on the PUP list. 

Ronald Darby has an option in his deal that can be voided by February 28th which will make him a free agent and only count for $2.8 million in dead money. Expect that to happen. 

Derek Barnett, Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas are all interesting trade candidates. Would imagine that one of these players isn’t on the roster next year. Most likely it will be Sidney Jones.


Trades

Howie Roseman always seems to make a few trades in the off-season and this off-season should be no different. 

1.) Darius Slay and a 2021 conditional fifth round draft pick for a 2020 second round draft pick, 2020 fourth round draft pick and a 2021 sixth round draft pick

  • Feels like the Lions are going to trade Slay and the Eagles will absolutely be the first call. Slay only has one year left on his deal. The conditional fifth round pick is just in case if the Eagles don’t give Slay an extension. 

2.) Deadrin Senat for Sidney Jones 

  • Defensive tackle is a huge need for the Eagles this off-season. Losing Timmy Jernigan hurts the depth. The Eagles also don’t have a second round pick to draft one that will likely be ready to play as a rookie. Eagles hired Marquand Manuel as the secondary coach, but he served as the Falcons defensive coordinator during Senat’s rookie year where he was pretty productive. I like this trade for both sides as they get a cornerback that has talent but might just need a change of scenery. 

Free Agency

Would assume after the Slay trade and the re-signings the Eagles will have $15 million to work with in free agency. Glaring needs are at receiver, defensive tackle, defensive end, cornerback and defensive end. 

Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Chiefs

  • I have Ogbah coming to the Eagles on a deal that pays him $6 million annually but the number is split into basically half with the signing bonus. Ogbah is only 26 and could be used just like Vinny Curry was. Also could be looked at as a starter if Derek Barnett continues to make mistakes and disappoint.

Nick Kwiatkoski, LB, Bears

  • Eagles need to bring in a linebacker and they liked Kwiatkoski entering the 2016 draft. Kwiatkoski is only 27, and he showed late last season that he could be a starting middle linebacker in this league. I don’t think it would cost that much to get him here. 

DeMarcus Robinson, WR, Chiefs

  • Robinsons is a guy that the Eagles have had interest trading for the last couple of years, according to Geoff Mosher. Robinson just like Ogbah is from Kansas City and is 26. Robinson had maturity problems at Florida, but has since grown up it seems. He is a good special teams player and a good backup outside receiver. Robinson is basically Mack Hollins but five times better.

Andy Janovich, FB, Broncos

  • Eagles are likely to add a fullback into the mix after hiring Rich Scangarello as Senior Offensive Assistant. Janovich played under Scangarello in Denver and he was productive as a mostly blocking fullback. Excited to possibly see the Eagles add a fullback into the mix.

The Ketchup

Image result for ketchupOutgoing players: Jason Peters, Ronald Darby, Nelson Agholor, Nigel Bradham, Sidney Jones, Timmy Jernigan, Vinny Curry, Hassan Ridgeway, Richard Rodgers, Corey Clement and Craig James 

Retained Players: Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Jalen Mills, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Jordan Howard, Nate Sudfeld and Cam Johnston.

Incoming players: Darius Slay, Emmanuel Ogbah, Nick Kwiatkoski, DeMarcus Robinson, Andy Janovich and Deadrin Senat. 


Draft

After the Slay trade, I have the Eagles with eight picks in the draft. 

First Round: TRADE UP! Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama

  • I have the Eagles trading up with the Falcons to get to the 17th pick. Ruggs is the guy that seems to be the clearcut number one option for the Eagles at this point. Ruggs will join a receiving core of DeSean Jackson, DeMarcus Robinson, Greg Ward, and JJ Arcega-Whiteside. I have the Eagles trading pick 21 and the compensatory third round draft pick they got from Nick Foles to get Ruggs. Image result for henry ruggs gif

Second Round: None

Third Round: Leki Fotu, DT, Utah

  • Fotu is more of a nose tackle even though he’s extremely athletic. Would imagine Fotu would spend most of the 2020 season as a rotational player while also developing his pass rush game behind Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson. Eagles need to bring young talent into the defensive tackle room. 

Fourth Round: Tyler Biadasz, C, Wisconsin

  • Biadasz is a flatout beast in the run game. He’s not the athlete that Jason Kelce is (No one is at the center position), but Biadasz is a guy that should have a ton of value in this league and he will be a future starter. Wishful thinking that I have him lasting until the fourth round, might be a trade up candidate. The Eagles need interior offensive linemen, and mostly a center of the future. Biadasz could fill two needs with one pick. 

Fourth Round: Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota

  • A very productive college reciever coming off back-to-back 1,100+ yard seasons. He’s a good athlete, has good size standing at 6’2″, 205 pounds. The thing about Johnson is not physical. He’s more of a slot receiver. I compare him to Jordan Matthews, before all of the injuries. He would be joining a receiving core of Henry Ruggs, DeSean Jackson, DeMarcus Robinson and JJ Arcega-Whiteside on the outside and Greg Ward as the slot. Ward and Johnson would battle it out in camp for the starting spot. 

Fifth Round: J.R. Reed, S, Georgia

  • J.R played the same role Malcolm Jenkins plays now, as a box safety. Jenkins is 100% the better player as Reed is pretty brutal in coverage whereas Jenkins is slightly above average. Reed does not have to start however, and he can provide some valuable special teams help. If Reed was better in coverage we would be talking about a possible second round pick. That’s how good he is as a tackler and reading plays that are in front of him.

Fifth Round: Lamar Jackson, CB, Nebraska

  • Mostly like this pick because of the game, but I also think he could be a slightly better version of Rasul Douglas. Both have the same playing styles and both likely aren’t the best fits in a Jim Schwartz defense. That being said I don’t think Rasul Douglas is a lock to be the 2020 roster as you saw that I traded him to the Rams.

Sixth Round: Jon Runyan, OT, Michigan

    • I don’t know much about the player other than his dad was a hell of a tackle for the Eagles. Runyan, just like his father, is a gigantic human being. The problem is Runyan isn’t playing the same type of game that his dad was playing. His pass blocking needs work and that will have to come mostly from becoming more explosive out of his stance. He earned First-Team All Big Ten in 2018 so clearly he can play. Would love the story to see the Eagles call his name.