Coming Back?

Posted: March 2nd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | Comments Off on Coming Back?

The Eagles are set to lose some good players in free agency. The team will at least try to keep some of them, even if that seems unlikely.

Matt Lombardo of NJ.com reports the Eagles have talked to Patrick Robinson about re-signing.

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Robinson and the Eagles have begun talks about a long-term extension that would keep him in an Eagles uniform long-term prior to the start of the new league year, when other teams can bid openly for the veteran’s services.

Talks between the Eagles and Robinson have been ongoing, but other teams could be in the mix if a deal is not reached prior to the new league year opening on March 14.

Sounds good, right?

Robinson had the best season of his career and proved to be a natural at playing the slot. He struggled mightily in the spring, but found a home in the summer and played a big part in the Eagles Super Bowl season. He picked off 4 passes and broke up 18 more. Robinson tackled well and added a sack. His highlight moment came in the NFC title game when he picked off Case Keenum and ran the interception back for a TD.

The problem with Robinson’s performance is that he was so good that it seemed he had played himself out of the Eagles price range. He is 30 years old and played for the league minimum last year so it makes sense for Robinson to want to get one final big deal.

While the Eagles have a strong group of young corners, they don’t have any that are a natural fit in the slot. Jalen Mills is better suited to playing outside. Ronald Darby as well. Sidney Jones played some in the slot at Washington and could move inside, but he’s got the potential to be really good outside. Do you move him inside?

In an ideal world, you would keep Robinson in the slot and have Darby and Jones outside. Mills would then move to Safety, where he might be a better long term fit.

It just doesn’t seem likely that the Eagles will be able to afford Robinson. The coaches will then have to figure out the best way to use Mills, Darby and Jones. In the past, the Eagles were searching for any good DBs. Now the Eagles are trying to find the right combination of their young players. Times have changed.

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Paul Domowitch wrote a good piece on the Eagles challenge of trying to deal with cap issues and keep as many talented players as possible. That won’t be easy.

Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman, whose shrewd executive-of-the-year moves laid the groundwork for the team’s Super Bowl victory over the Patriots, was already talking Wednesday about all of the compensatory draft picks the Eagles are going to get next year for the free agents they aren’t going to re-sign this year.

“With the number of free agents’’ they could potentially lose, “I think it would be impossible for us not to have a bunch of compensatory picks’’ in 2019, Roseman said. “All of that is part of our plan going forward.”

That plan is to accumulate as many draft picks as possible the next few years so that they’ll be able to counter-balance the monster contracts they’re already paying many of their top veterans and the Godzilla deal they’re going to be giving Carson Wentz in either 2019 or 2020.

“Our task is to study the successful teams that are paying [high-end] quarterbacks and look at the resource allocation,’’ Roseman said. “The flip side of that is, from a draft-pick perspective, because of the original trade [to move up to draft Wentz] and some of the other moves we’ve made, we haven’t had a lot of draft picks.

“So, going forward, we have to make sure we have the resources in place where we have more draft picks; more guys who are making rookie-level salaries to balance the higher salaries.

Having elite players and winning a Super Bowl is great, but it does make life hard financially.

Roseman is smart to think about comp picks for 2019. The Eagles will have some players to replace and will need cheap options, i.e. rookies. The more picks you have, the better your chances of finding young talent. Roseman’s vision in building a championship team was absolutely critical. Joe Douglas will have a chance to show just how good he is over the next two years as the team searches for the next wave of young talent.

When you have success in January and February, March and April become incredibly challenging. And that’s a great problem to have.

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