The Philadelphia Eagles are as soon as once more the highest seed within the NFC, with aspirations of a second Tremendous Bowl victory in six seasons. Jalen Hurts has elevated himself to an MVP-caliber quarterback, Nick Sirianni is a Coach of the Yr candidate, and so they’re as dominant within the trenches on each side of the ball as any staff within the NFL.
Longtime Eagles govt and present common supervisor Howie Roseman has had his justifiable share of critics, significantly targeted in on a few of his large draft misses, however he’s primed for his second Government of the Yr award—his earlier one coincided with Philadelphia’s first Lombardi Trophy. After a 9-8 season and a swift Wild Card exit, Roseman pushed all the proper buttons to take that subsequent step in direction of championship competition. These are a number of the key choices that turned a fringe playoff staff right into a 14-3 juggernaut.
The A.J. Brown commerce
Philadelphia’s current historical past with trying to find star extensive receivers has been… a combined bag. JJ Arcega-Whiteside was taken seven spots earlier than DK Metcalf in 2019, Jalen Reagor was chosen one spot forward of Justin Jefferson in 2020. The third time seems to be the attraction with DeVonta Smith, who was taken with the tenth general decide in 2021. Smith had extra receptions this season (95) than Reagor and Arcega-Whiteside had mixed (80) throughout their disappointing careers with the Eagles.
This offseason, Roseman eschewed drafting one other receiver and as a substitute used one in all his first-round picks and a 2023 third-round decide to land famous person receiver A.J. Brown, who promptly acquired the four-year, $100 million contract extension the Tennessee Titans wouldn’t give him.
The early returns on this blockbuster deal are an plain success. Within the common season , Brown ranked third in yards/reception (17.0), fourth in receiving yards (1,496), and tied for third in receiving touchdowns (11), incomes All-Professional second-team honors. Brown and Smith have rapidly turn into some of the harmful receiving duos within the NFL. It’s simply one other instance of a staff stacking high-end receiving expertise whereas a younger franchise quarterback remains to be on a rookie contract.
Fleecing the Saints not as soon as, however twice
Simply three weeks earlier than the 2022 NFL Draft, Roseman packaged two of his different first-round picks and acquired (amongst different picks, which we’ll bookmark for later) a 2023 first-rounder from the New Orleans Saints. The Saints completed simply 7-10, giving the Eagles the tenth general decide later this April.
As if that wasn’t sufficient, Roseman circled again across the block in late August and purchased security C.J. Gardner-Johnson for under a 2023 fifth- and a 2024 sixth-round decide. Gardner-Johnson completed the 12 months tied for the league-lead with six interceptions, even whereas lacking 4 of the ultimate 5 common season video games with a lacerated kidney.
If I have been the Saints entrance workplace I’d depart the cellphone alone if Roseman comes calling once more any time quickly.
Signing Haason Reddick and James Bradberry
The Eagles signed just one exterior free agent to a multi-year contract final offseason: exterior linebacker Haason Reddick. Coming off back-to-back seasons of double-digit sacks in Arizona and Carolina, Reddick agreed to a three-year, $45 million deal for what was primarily a homecoming for the Temple alum. On a staff that boasts an astonishing 4 gamers with not less than 10 sacks on the 12 months, Haason topped the listing with a career-high 16 on simply 428 go rush snaps. Solely the anticipated Defensive Participant of the Yr Nick Bosa had extra sacks than Reddick, who’s the primary participant in NFL historical past to report 10+ sacks in three straight seasons with three completely different groups.
When Steven Nelson departed for the Houston Texans in free company, the Eagles have been in want of a exterior nook reverse the excellent Darius Slay. Roseman introduced in veteran James Bradberry to an incentive-laden one-year contract value as much as $10 million. Bradberry was let go by the New York Giants as a cap casualty, and their loss grew to become Philly’s acquire. It was one other excellent season for Bradberry, who had 17 passes defensed, 3 interceptions, and a 55.9 passer ranking when focused. Each Bradberry and Reddick have been voted second-team All-Professional for the primary time of their respective careers.
The additions of Reddick, Bradberry, and Gardner-Johnson have been essential in turning the Eagles protection from twenty fifth by DVOA in 2021 to sixth this season and 1st in opposition to the go.
The Carson Wentz commerce
The largest determination Roseman made didn’t spawn within the 2022 offseason. Do not forget that pre-draft commerce with the Saints? A type of two first-round picks shipped to New Orleans was the conditional decide from the Indianapolis Colts as a part of the Carson Wentz commerce.
Philadelphia swapped picks 16 (Indy’s decide) and 19 (their native decide) for New Orleans’ 18th general, which was flipped for… A.J. Brown. The Wentz commerce additionally netted the Colts’ 2021 third-round decide, which Roseman used as a part of a commerce package deal with the Dallas Cowboys to maneuver up two spots and take DeVonta Smith in that 12 months’s draft.
Buying and selling away Wentz and his horrible contract was the massive mea culpa second for Roseman; Philadelphia spent 2021 incurring what was then the largest useless cap hit in NFL historical past. It additionally led them to buying Smith, Brown, and the tenth general decide later this April.
Not solely has Roseman arrange the Eagles for a Tremendous Bowl run this season, he’s put Philadelphia in place to be a perennial contender within the long-term.