We knew the Eagles would add a couple of veteran WRs. That had to happen.
We didn’t know the team would add to the OL in free agency.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) March 10, 2017
The Eagles will not release Jason Kelce, according to a source.
— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) March 10, 2017
If you believe Howie Roseman, the Eagles are not getting rid of any OL. They are building. Despite the additions of Wisniewski and Chance Warmack, the Eagles want to keep everyone so they can be very deep up front. Look at a potential depth chart.
LT Jason Peters ….. Matt Tobin
LG Allen Barbre ….. Isaac Seumalo
OC Jason Kelce ….. Stefen Wisniewski
RG Brandon Brooks ….. Chance Warmack
RT Lane Johnson ….. Halapoulivaati Vaitai
That’s pretty impressive. And the Eagles still have talent beyond that. They are high on Dillon Gordon, the former LSU TE. He flashed serious potential last summer. Josh Andrews has been on the roster since 1960, give or take. The team signed Josh LeRibeus and Dallas Thomas as interior depth pieces. Both have starting experience and the Eagles really like LeRibeus (for what he is). You also have developmental guys Taylor Hart, Darrell Greene and Aaron Neary. That’s about as deep an OL as I can remember.
The Eagles can say they want to keep everyone, but you have to seriously wonder if they still want to deal Kelce. That would open a starting spot for Seumalo, who the coaches are really high on. It would also add some cap space and net the Eagles a pick, although nothing more than a late rounder. The Eagles have to preach the message that they intend to keep Kelce, if they want another team to deal for him. If not, another team will simply wait for the Eagles to cut Kelce.
It is possible the Eagles have decided they do want to keep Kelce so the OL can be really deep. There were a lot of injuries last year and that hurt the team.
No matter how you slice it, this is a good situation. The Eagles have built a good OL and a deep one. There is a good mixture of youth and experience. Carson Wentz went 5-1 with Lane Johnson as his RT. If you give him good protection, he can win games. And this year he’ll have an upgraded WR corps.
I was hoping the Eagles would add an interior OL in the draft because there are a few guys I really like, but by working on the OL like this, the team can now spend a lot of resources on the defense. They’ll still add a RB and possibly a WR, but expect to see a lot of defensive players added in late April.
There is one bit of bad news. Nolan Carroll won’t be coming back.
#Cowboys are signing cornerback Nolan Carroll to a 3-year, $10 million deal with $4M in the first year, source said.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 11, 2017
Obviously I’m joking when I call that bad news. Nothing against Carroll personally, but he won’t be missed on the field. When he was healthy and playing with confidence, he could be an effective starter. Unfortunately he struggled quite a bit down the stretch last year. The Eagles had to let him go so they could try to upgrade the spot. Dallas has liked Carroll for a couple of years now. I’m not sure what the attraction is at this point, but I look forward to seeing Carroll try to cover Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith.
Carroll does seem like a good guy. I would wish him well, but by going to Dallas, I can’t legally do that.
Bennie Logan is finally getting some attention.
Report: Eagles DT Bennie Logan visiting Washington https://t.co/ufWP6A7FSd
— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) March 11, 2017
I didn’t want to see that.
The Eagles say they are interested in keeping Logan. Howie Roseman said he has stayed in touch with Logan’s agent. Unfortunately, right now it doesn’t sound like the Eagles are close to keeping Logan.
I can live with Logan signing elsewhere, but please don’t go to the Skins. If he does leave, the Eagles will have some options.
Report: Eagles showing "lots of love" to Giants DT Johnathan Hankins https://t.co/dOu0RPzNPi
— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) March 10, 2017
Hankins is a better pass rusher and is more disruptive than Logan. Adding him to the DL would be an interesting move. We’ll have to wait and see what happens with both young DTs.
PHI explored trades for back-up QB Chase Daniel, who'd like to compete for a No 1 job. Nothing made sense. Maybe that changes down the line
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 11, 2017
I’m not sure who is letting Daniel compete for a starting job. Then again, I didn’t see Mike Glennon gettins $14M a year. NFL teams do some crazy things when it comes to the QB position.
Don’t expect the Eagles to make a bunch more moves. They will be smart shoppers from here on out. If the player fits at the right price, they’ll be interested. That’s it. They won’t go after big names. They could create cap room by restructuring deals, but that’s just not smart. The Eagles identified a few players they wanted and the organization went hard after those guys.
Now the Eagles have to be disciplined. Only make a move if it makes sense.