It has been tough to come back down to earth over the past few weeks while still basking in the glory of being Super Bowl champions, but the Eagles road to a repeat has already begun.
The NFL combine is less than a week away. This will be the first time that we start really looking toward the draft. Soon after, the legal free agency tampering period will begin on March 12th and the new league year will begin on the 14th. At this time players can officially sign with other teams as well as be traded.
While the Carson Wentz recovery and Nick Foles situation are the biggest story lines of the off-season, and quite frankly the entire city, the possible trade of Foles isn't a need, it's more of a luxury. (click here for our list of story lines)
Last off-season I came up with a checklist with positions of need that I periodically refereed too.
This off-season I will do the same.
1. Linebacker (2)
2. Wide Receiver
3. Tight End
4. Defensive Tackle
5. Offensive Line Depth
6. Defensive End
( Backup QB if Foles is moved)
Nigel Bradham is the only starter that is a free agent. Najee Goode and Dannell Ellerbe are also free agents.
Torrey Smith is likely to be cut which will be saving the Eagles $5 million in salary cap, but with Alshon Jeffery's injury, that's no longer the lock it was a few weeks ago. The Eagles will need to address the wide receiver position again this off-season. They don't need a superstar, but will need to add a viable option especially if they do move on from Smith.
Trey Burton is as good as gone, Brent Celek may retire, which makes tight end a priority.
Roseman did a great job by locking up Tim Jernigan during the season, but with Beau Allen a free agent, defensive tackle will need to be addressed.
They will need to figure out what exactly they are doing with Jason Peters, and Big V played well. Depth at the position is still a priority.
D end? Yes, d end! Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry will both be 30 entering the 2018 season, and Chris Long is 32. They will need to add another pass rusher for the future to go along with Derek Barnett.
Corey Graham is a free agent and Malcolm Jenkins won't be around forever.
These are the top areas of need that I see. However, other than linebackers, none of these areas are a drastic need. Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas could go a number of ways during the draft and honestly, who would question them?
The Eagles are a little over $9 Million over the cap, so they have some work to do.