Eagles Perfect Offseason

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The Philadelphia Eagles finished the 2016/17 NFL Season with a 7-9 record, finishing in last place in the NFC East. The Eagles are young and talented in all 3 phases of the game but there are some key pieces that are missing from this team on both offense and defense. The Eagles had the worst Wide Receiver Corps in all of Football last season as they recorded the most drops, and the second fewest receiving yards. The Eagles Cornerback Unit had lots of trouble this past season as they gave up an average of 84 Receiving Yards to opposing Wide Receivers this past season. Those are the two big areas of need for the Eagles. Here are two scenarios that would qualify as perfect off-seasons for the Eagles.

SCENARIO 1: PHILA Trades:

DE Connor Barwin to MIA for 3rd/4th Round Draft Choice

OLB Mychal Kendricks to IND for 2nd/3rd Round Draft Choice

RB Ryan Mathews to BAL for 3rd Round Draft Choice and CB Chris Lewis-Harris

PHILA Releases:

LG Allen Barbre

WR Nelson Agholor

WR Bryce Treggs

CB Leodis McKelvin

CB Nolan Carroll III

PHILA Resigns/Extends

DT Bennie Logan to 4-year $31 Million Dollar Deal

WR Jordan Matthews to 5-year $42 Million Dollar Deal

TE Trey Burton to 3-year $16 Million Dollar Deal

PHILA restructures contract of:

LT Jason Peters

C Jason Kelce

PHILA signs via Free Agency:

HOU CB AJ Bouye to 3-year $21 Million Dollar deal

CHI WR Alshon Jeffrey to 4-year $62 Million Dollar deal

BUF WR Robert Woods to 1-year $4 Million Dollar deal

PHILA Drafts:

Round 1: Florida CB Jalen Tabor

Round 2: Oklahoma WR Dede Westbrook

Round 3: Michigan DE Taco Charlton

Round 4: Wisconsin OLB TJ Watt

Round 5: SDS RB Donnell Pumphrey

Round 6: TNS OG Jessamen Dunker

Round 7: Michigan MLB Ben Gedeon

Analysis:

This offseason scenario provides a lot of balance for the Eagles. Trading Conner Barwin, Mychal Kendricks, and Ryan Mathews will free up a lot of cap space and has the potential to add draft picks and depth chart fillers. Releasing 5 players from the payroll also frees up a lot of cap space and makes a lot of sense because of those players age and skill level. All that cap space that was freed will go toward locking up DT Bennie Logan which gives the Eagles a consistent D-line, locking up Trey Burton who proved he can hold his own in the NFL this season. As well as locking up the Eagles best Wide Receiver Jordan Matthews. Also restructuring the contracts of both Peters and Kelce allows the Eagles to explore their options in the free agent market. Their biggest needs are Wide Receiver and Cornerback. AJ Bouye could be a low risk high reward option at CB for the Eagles. He proved that he can be a steady option at Corner and the Eagles most likely wouldn’t have to break the bank to get him. One player the Eagles would have to break the bank to get is Bears free agent Wide Receiver Alshon Jeffrey. He is by far the best receiver available on the market and there is a good chance he resigns with Chicago but if the Eagles can somehow lure him to Philadelphia with money, a young good Quarterback to throw to him and an overall better team in Philadelphia than in Chicago the Eagles could end up with a Number One receiver after all. As for the draft the Eagles need to prioritize their two biggest needs in the draft just like they should in Free Agency. Drafting Tabor in the first round gives the Eagles a good, young secondary with Tabor, Bouye, and Jalen Mills. Drafting Westbrook in the 2nd round would be a steal for the Birds as they could get a top receiver to go with both Jeffrey and Matthews. Charlton is low risk high reward pick as he could be a starting DE in the future or he could move to DT. Watt fills the hole at OLB that was left with the Kendricks trade and Pumphrey can provide young, stability in the backfield with Wendell Smallwood. Dunker and Gedeon are just there as fillers that could possibly work out. Now for the 2nd situation.

Everything should stay the same for the most part except for a few things in another situation. Everything up top would stay the same except for the releases of LG Allen Barbre and WR Nelson Agholor.

PHILA signs via FA:

HOU CB AJ Bouye to 3-year $21 Million Dollar deal

WAS WR Desean Jackson to 2-year $14 Million Dollar deal

PHILA Drafts:

Round 1: Clemson WR Mike Williams

Round 2: LSU CB TreDavious White

Round 3: Michigan DE Taco Charlton

Round 4: East Carolina WR Zay Jones

Round 5: Wisconsin OLB TJ Watt

Round 6: Temple OG Dion Dawkins

Round 7: SDS RB Donnell Pumphrey

Analysis:

This situation has good balance but is complicated. Because the Eagles will not have the saved cap space from both Nelson Agholor and Allen Barbre they are not able to sign WR Alshon Jeffrey, instead they go with a much cheaper reunion with WR Desean Jackson. They still are able to sign AJ Bouye. I believe that if Clemson WR Mike Williams is available when the Eagles are picking in the first round, it is a must that they draft him. Which would change their draft board, they would be forced to draft a Corner in the second round so TreDavious White would be a good choice. Charlton stays put in the third round, but the Eagles draft another receiver to make up for the lost signing of Jeffrey in Zay Jones. Selecting Watt in the 5th round might be a stretch but anything is possible in the later rounds. If Dion Dawkins is available in the 6th round it is a must that the Eagles take him, he is from Temple and could easily be a starting guard in the future when Barbre and Jason Kelce are gone (Seumalo would move to Center and Dawkins would take over at Guard) and Pumphrey is projected to be available in either the 6th or the 7th round if he’s there I really like the idea of Smallwood and Pumphrey both in the Eagles backfield.

These are both hypothetical situations for the Eagles offseason that could put them in a situation to compete sometime in the near future. Both of these situations work on the Eagles holes on both sides of the football. If either of these scenarios are executed the Eagles could be back on top in the NFC East in 2017.

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