5. Offensive Line Depth (somewhat during the draft) ✅
6. Defensive End ✅ (could use a young pass rusher✅)
(Backup QB if Foles is moved)- Foles isn’t getting moved at this time.
Free Agent signings:
DE Michael Bennett
DT Haloti Ngata
LB Corey Nelson
WR Mike Wallace
TE Richard Rodgers
LB Paul Worrilow
WR Markus Wheaton *
RB Matt Jones *
LB Nigel Bradham
RB Darren Sproles
* = added
Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
Avonte Maddox, CB, Pitt
Josh Sweat, D End, Florida State
Matt Pryor, G/T, TCU
Jordan Mailata, T?, Rugby
UDFA's with a shot:
Josh Adams, RB, Notre Dame
Jeremy Reaves, S, South Alabama
Chandon Sullivan, CB, Georgia State
Bruce Hector, DT, South Florida
Toby Weathersby, T, LSU
Joe Ostman, DE, Central Michigan
WR Marcus Johnson- traded to Seattle
WR Torrey Smith - traded to Carolina
TE Trey Burton - signed w/Bears
TE Brent Celek
DT Beau Allen - signed w/Bucs
CB Patrick Robinson - signed w/Saints
RB LeGarrette Blount - signed w/Lions
DE Vinny Curry - signed w/Bucs
LB Najee Goode- signed w/Colts
K Caleb Sturgis- signed w/Chargers
P Donnie Jones - retired and then came back.
Remaining free agents: (most likely subtractions)
S Corey Graham
LB Dannell Ellerbe
LB Bryan Brayman
OT Will Beaty
CB Daryl Worley
The most significant move that they made was trading for defensive end Michael Bennett, but the best signing that they made was Mike Wallace.
On the field, Wallace is an upgrade over Torrey Smith. Last season Wallace had 52 receptions for 748 yards, 4 touchdowns, and averaged 14.4 yards-per-catch. He also allows the Eagles to keep Nelson Agholor in the slot and Mack Hollins another season to develop.
Any time you lose a player that had a pick-six in the NFC Championship Game it’s a big loss. Playing on a one year “prove it” deal, Patrick Robinson had a tremendous season for the Eagles. Jalen Mills is the favorite to take over in the slot, with Malcolm Jenkins also helping fill the void.
For a team without many holes, slot corner will be a position to watch come training camp.
Trey Burton and LeGarrette Blount will also be missed. Both players were key contributors in 2017, especially on Super Bowl Sunday.
Are they better?
Even if you take the returning players from injury (Wentz, Hicks, Peters etc.) out of the equation, on paper, the Eagles have a better roster now than they did on Super Bowl Sunday.
Michael Bennett (legal problems aside), Mike Wallace, and Haloti Ngata are all upgrades over Vinny Curry, Torrey Smith and Beau Allen.
The loss of Patrick Robinson will hurt, but the Eagles have a stable of young corners. This time last year Robinson was a long shot to make the team, and we saw how that turned out.
They also got better at linebacker. Corey Nelson and Paul Worrilow should provide upgraded depth behind Hicks, Bradham, and Kendiricks.
It remains to be seen if they will be better at tight end for 2018. Burton and Celek will be missed, but Dallas Goedert has more talent than either of those players. Richard Rodgers isn’t great but has talent as well. Let's also not forget that Zach Ertz will again be seeing the majority of the snaps.
We’ll see how the new additions mesh with the culture that the Eagles have built, but at least on paper, the Eagles have a more talented roster now than they did on Super Bowl Sunday.
The Eagles are pretty set, but as we know, Howie Roseman never sleeps.
Safety is the only position on our checklist that wasn’t addressed.
Jeremy Reaves is an undrafted free agent out of South Alabama who could potentially make the team, but it's hard to see him playing the Corey Graham role from last season.
The Eagles signed LeGarrette Blount on May 18th last year, so they could potentially sign a free agent or two this year as well.
Here's 4 remaining free agents that could make sense.....
S Corey Graham - Corey Graham played well for the Eagles last season and they havent replaced him yet, so he could very well come back for one more season.
RB CJ Anderson - After not addressing running back during the draft, the Eagles signed Josh Adams as an undrafted free agent and then announced that they re-signed Darren Sproles. Anderson should have plenty of suitors, but if the Eagles want another running back, maybe they would look his way. I like the idea of Adams making the team and taking over the LeGarrette Blount role, but Anderson is a 1,000 yard back.
S Kenny Vaccaro- I would imagine that Vaccaro is looking for a chance to start, but a 1 year deal with the Super Bowl champs could also be appealing. The Eagles could bring the former first round pick in on a cheap "prove it" deal for a look, and if they like what they see they could resign him next offseason.
S Ron Parker- He wasn’t very good last year but would come cheap and provide another veteran presence.
(The Birds also need a punter, although they signed Cameron Johnston to a futures contract back on January 3rd.)
More players will be available after June 1st cuts. The Eagles could always look to add a player then as well as during training camp.
If we know anything about Howie Roseman it’s that he is always looking to improve the roster, so a move could be made at any time.