I’ve talked a lot about player value and not wanting to throw huge money at some players that I don’t think are worth it. I’ve made the point that the Eagles threw big money at Nnamdi Asomugha, but that didn’t solve the CB problem. We all thought it did, but the results were highly disappointing.
Some of you have taken this to mean that I’m against the Eagles spending big money on a player. That is not the case.
I fully acknowledge that you have to overpay for most players in free agency. That’s just how things work. I also understand that top flight players are going to cost a lot of money. The point I’ve tried to make is that you need to spend wisely. If you think a player is a slam dunk fit, go pay huge money for him. But don’t fall into the trap of thinking that the top free agent at a certain position is definitely worth big money.
I agree with many of you that the Eagles should be a championship contender and that they need to make aggressive moves to help push the team to the next level. That doesn’t mean going after free agents at a position of need no matter what. I happen to believe that the best teams are choosy. They are very specific about which players they want to draft and/or sign.
You must find the right guys, either in terms of scheme or team.
Football is the ultimate team game. You need the pieces to fit together on the field and in the locker room. The 2011 team underachieved because the pieces didn’t fit together well on the field or in the locker room. The 2013 overachieved because the team fit well in both areas. The challenge now is to upgrade the talent, while finding the right kind of guys.
That is especially true with Chip Kelly running the show. He’s not looking for choirboys, but is looking for players that will buy in to his ideas 100 percent. He wants players that will totally commit to his style of football. That isn’t just on the field, but lifestyle, conditioning and weight training. Just because a player is a good S or good OLB, doesn’t mean he will be Kelly’s kind of guy.
The Eagles have detailed reports on free agent prospects, as players and people. They made good choices last year, but that was easier since they went for mid-level players and not high-priced guys. Star players tend to have more of an ego and sense of entitlement, which can make them tricky to deal with. I’m not against the Eagles taking chances on a player in free agency, but I do believe they need to be careful.
The Eagles have a good thing going. The team is on the rise. There is talent on the field, but also a good vibe to the team. It is important for Howie and Chip to make the right moves this offseason to keep the team trending upward and becoming a true Super Bowl contender.
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The frustrating thing about this group of players is that most of them are either 4-3 DEs or guys that aren’t great pass rushers. Cosell makes the comment that “this guy isn’t a pure pass rusher” or “he’s a solid player” about several of the guys. That’s fine, but it isn’t what the Eagles need. They need a pass rusher with some explosive ability.
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Now for some rumors…
Hearing Bears, Eagles, Broncos and Falcons showing interest in CAR safety Mike Mitchell.
— Joe Person (@josephperson) March 8, 2014
Michael Johnson to Philly isn't happening. A few teams in the mix as negotiations get heavy, Eagles not amongst them.
— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) March 8, 2014
Mitchell should be a consideration.
Johnson shouldn’t. He isn’t the pass rusher the Eagles need.