2019 Eagles: Who Stays And Who Goes?

Philadelphia is prepping for a big off-season with a lot of expected additions and departures. The 2019 season wasn’t ordinary. A handful of injuries forced new guys to step up and while some impressed enough to possibly man the position moving forward into next season, others unfortunately did not.

Although it may pain us to see some of our beloved veterans leave this off-season, it’s essential for the Eagles cap situation and overall success to do so. Below I break down the roster and who I think stays and goes from the 2018-19 roster.

Quarterback

Carson Wentz: Stays

That’s all that needs to be said. 

Nick Foles: Goes

Unfortunately the run is over. The Eagles will likely lay the tag on Foles and trade him this off-season. Foles will go down as a Philadelpia sports legend and hopefully we’ll see him back for his likely induction into the Eagles Hall of Fame. 

Nate Sudfeld: Stays

Keeping the second best quarterback in the division after Foles is traded is pretty self-explanatory.  


Running Back

Jay Ajayi: Goes

When the Eagles traded for Ajayi I thought they found the long-term solution. Ajayi has been productive but I don’t see him being able to stay healthy. I feel Howie Roseman has the same mindset. He’ll find some suitors on the Free Agent market that will offer him more than Philadelphia. 

Darren Sproles: Stays

The Eagles need Sproles more than Sproles needs the Eagles but I think he comes back one more year and finally calls it quits.

Corey Clement: Stays

Clement was a huge disappointment in 2018 and a small piece of me is thinking he might not be a lock depending on what happens in the Draft. Stay for now. 

Wendell Smallwood: Goes

After being a healthy scratch in last year’s Super Bowl, Smallwood was looked at as the Eagles RB1 in the Playoffs. He has always showed promise but I think it’s time to move on.

Josh Adams: Stays?

Just like Clement, I don’t think he’s a lock. If the Eagles draft a running back in the mid-rounds (Elijah Holyfield), I think Adams is the first to go. Despite leading the team in rushing last year, Pederson and company refused to use him in the postseason which isn’t a good sign. 

Boston Scott: Goes

Boston Scott might be the worst kick returner I ever watched. I honestly think I can do better.


Wide Receiver

Alshon Jeffery: Stays

I do see the Eagles restructuring Alshon’s deal this off-season to help bring back one of his buddies on the offense. Otherwise he’s a lock. Next!

Nelson Agholor: Stays

Eagles already picked up his cringe-worthy $9.4mil fifth-year rookie option. I think that will be restructured to a 3 year, $16mil type of deal.

Golden Tate: Stays

With restructuring Alshon and Nelson that gives enough money to bring back Tate on a one-year “prove it” deal (AKA the Howie Roseman Special).

Jordan Matthews: Stays

After coming up big in the Playoffs, I think you’ll see him back next year. He loves it here and the guys love him in the locker room. (typing this in my JMatt jersey right now, very happy).  

Mike Wallace: Goes

I loved the signing, but I don’t see how bringing him back makes sense. He’s an aging/injured receiver that relies on his speed. 

Mack Hollins: Stays

Eagles love their special teams players. 

Shelton Gibson: Goes

Eagles don’t love their special teams players that much.


Tight End

Zach Ertz: Stays

All that needs to be said.

Dallas Goedert: Stays

2019 is going to be a huge year for Goedert. After all, he is basically the only tight end on the team.

Richard Rodgers: Goes

Just like Mike Wallace, bringing Rodgers back just doesn’t make sense.

Joshua Perkins: Goes

I still have nightmares of Nick Foles forcing it to Perkins in meaningful games. See ya, Joshua!


Offensive Tackles

Jason Peters: Retires

What Jason Peters has done for this Eagles team has been incredible. I’d argue if the Eagles didn’t have Jason Peters then Jake Elliott wouldn’t be on the Eagles right now. He made Jake Elliott into one of the best kickers in football. See you in Canton, Jason. 

Jordan Mailata: Stays

The next Jason Peters? Wait for it.

Halapoulivaati Vaitai: Stays

Not sure what will happen first.. Me learning how to Spell Big V’s name or him getting cut from the team (I’m taking the latter). Nonetheless he provides solid depth. 

Lane Johnson: Stays

Please just stay off the juice, Lane.


Guards

Brandon Brooks: Stays

You might not see Brooks until the middle of the 2019 season and I’d be happy with that. The Eagles need to draft a guard badly regardless.

Isaac Seumalo: Stays

Seumalo will be starting somewhere on the interior offensive line this upcoming season. 

Stefen Wisniewski: Stays

With Peters, Brooks and even Kelce all in question, the Eagles need to sign back Wis just to keep some similar faces around.

Chance Warmack: Goes

I remember thinking in the 2017 off-season that Warmack was going to be a really nice pick up. Well, cheers to that!

Matt Pryor: Stays

I like what Pryor can give you and I’m excited to see what he can do after a full NFL weight program under his belt. He could be a sleeper to start at some point in 2019. Regardless, he’s cheap depth that can play guard and tackle.


Center

Jason Kelce: Stays

If Jason Kelce retires just cancel the season. Please don’t do this to me.

Defensive End

Brandon Graham: Stays

Graham has been the ultimate Philadelphia athlete the last few seasons. He’s been through hell and made it out. He made the biggest play in franchise history and I don’t see Howie letting him walk despite the big payday he’s up for this off-season. 

Michael Bennett: Stays

He was the Eagles best pass rusher in 2018. I see Howie restructuring Bennett’s contract to help make room for Graham. 

Chris Long: Goes

Since arriving in Philadelphia, I think you could make the argument that Chris Long has been the most underrated Eagle. He’s one of the clutchest pass rushers I have ever watched but it sounds like he’s hanging them up. Here’s to Chris Long, Man of the Year!

Derek Barnett: Stays

Barnett started the season off hot before being placed on IR after Week 7. The 2017 first round pick is bound for a breakout season in 2019.

Josh Sweat: Stays

In 2019, Josh Sweat will have to stay healthy to show that he is a capable  NFL player. He’s had trouble getting and staying on the field since his freshman year at Florida State. This might be Sweat’s last shot to stick in Philadelphia. 

Daeshon Hall: Goes

Most (if not all) will not know who Daeshon Hall is but the last three weeks of the season he was active playing meaningful snaps. It’ll be tough for him to find a spot on a stacked Eagles defensive line though. 


Defensive Tackles

Fletcher Cox: Stays

Cox’s 2018 season is one of the greatest seasons ever by an interior defensive linemen. He is worth every penny on his contract. Thank God Chip Kelly didn’t trade him for Marcus Mariota.

Tim Jernigan: Stays

Many thought that Tim Jernigan’s career may have been over after the hip injury this off-season. His deal was restructured and he was never heard from for nearly 11 weeks. He didn’t make much of an impact until the playoffs where he had a half of a sack in both games. In 2019, we’ll hopefully see a healthy Timmy Jernigan.

Haloti Ngata: Goes

I remember hating when the Eagles signed Ngata in the off-season. It was a signing that brought back bad memories of the 2011 “dream team,” Eagles. Ngata was not good in the 2018 season and don’t let anyone tell you different. He played 15 games, had one sack with 12 solo tackles. He will not be back in 2019.

Treyvon Hester: Stays

I loved what I saw from Treyvon Hester this season. 


Linebackers

Jordan Hicks: Goes

Since Jordan’s rookie year, you could tell that he was special. The talent however came with injury issues. Nigel Bradham is already signed long-term and Hicks’s snaps were at an all-time low in the Playoffs. The Eagles love what Hicks brings to the defense but I think it’d be best for both if they move on.

Nigel Bradham: Stays

Bradham signed a five-year deal last off-season and he started off the year as a major disappointment. As the season went on though he started to look like the guy the we all knew who he was.

Kamu Grugier-Hill: Stays

One of the bigger surprises for the 2018 season was Kamu as a Will linebacker. Eagles should feel comfortable giving him the weak side role again. 

Nate Gerry: Stays

Gerry made a small impact in 2018 aside from intercepting Mark Sanchez in week 13. He provides solid depth nonetheless. 

Paul Worrilow: Stays

Worrilow was recently resigned for the 2019 season. He missed the entire 2018 season after suffering a torn ACL in OTAs. I think he’ll be on the roster bubble for 2019.

DJ Alexander: Goes

After Worrilow went down the Eagles brought in Alexander to fill his special teams role. Bringing back Worrilow likely means that Alexander will be elsewhere.

LaRoy Reynolds: Goes

Reynolds had a great camp last year which is what led him to being on the 53-man roster. He made no real contribution so I don’t think he’ll be back

BJ Bello: Goes

I don’t know who BJ Bello is.


Cornerbacks

Jalen Mills: Stays

Jim Schwartz loves Mills but I also think you could see him traded this off-season. Stay for now?

Ronald Darby: Goes

I heard rumbles in December that Darby and the Eagles were working on a one-year deal for 2019, but I really don’t see that happening with the emergence of Maddox, Rasul and Cre’Von. Darby is set to make a lot on the Free Agent market as well. 

Avonte Maddox: Stays

He’s got his flaws but he has shown promise to become a really nice player. Maddox should be in the mix to start next season. 

Rasul Douglas: Stays

When he’s on the field, Douglas is a hell of a cornerback. He should be in a battle with Maddox and maybe even Mills for a starting spot.

Sidney Jones: Stays

Jones’s tenure has been rough and filled with injuries. In 2019 I think you’ll see a better version of Jones.

Cre’Von LeBlanc: Stays

He’s under contract for under $750K next season which is a huge steal. He’ll be on the team next year for sure.

Josh Hawkins: Goes

He’ll be with the team during training camp but I don’t see him making the final cut.


Safeties

Malcolm Jenkins: Stays

He’s the heart of the defense and my heart.

Rodney McLeod: Stays

Credit to Howie and Rodney getting the restructure done already.

Corey Graham: Goes

Graham wasn’t resigned by Philadelphia until early August last season which shows the Eagles didn’t have a great interest in him. He provides solid depth but I see the front office opting for younger options on the roster over him.

Tre Sullivan: Stays

The end of the 2018 season you saw a really good version of Tre Sullivan. He seems to be the type of player Jim Schwartz likes to keep around.

Deiondre’ Hall: Stays

Trading a conditional 7th round pick for Hall during the season makes me believe that he will be the fourth safety next year. If the Eagles draft one then maybe he gets cut.


Specialist

Jake Elliott: Stays

Kid is a stud. 

Cameron Johnston: Stays

Kid is also a stud. 

Rick Lovato: Stays

If you don’t hear anything about your long-snapper than that means he’s doing a great job.


Totals Outlook

QB: 2
RB: 3
WR: 5
TE: 2
OT: 3
OG: 4
C: 1
DE: 4
DT: 3
LB: 4
CB: 5
S: 4
Special Teams: 3

Total: 43 returning players 


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