The Philadelphia Eagles currently have around 33.6M in cap room to spend this offseason. With several players set to be free agents or in line for an extension, let’s go in-depth on each player.
Eagles’ Contract Extension Candidates:
Malcolm Jenkins stated after the Seahawks game that he wouldn’t be returning on his current contract. Frankly, I don’t blame him. Jenkins is only going to make 7.6M next season, and he hasn’t missed a snap since 2017. He should get somewhere in the 12-14M per season range, in the range of Eddie Jackson and Earl Thomas. Get this man paid!
Give him the Extension
Zach Ertz is only making 6.6M in 2020, and he has an opt-out after next season, which he is likely to enact. Ertz is Carson Wentz’s safety blanket, and one of the best tight ends in football. Having him and Dallas Goedert allows Philadelphia to use the 12 personnel effectively; signing Ertz will not slow Dallas Goedert’s development.
Give him an extension
Nigel Bradham (Club Option):
The Eagles have an 8M team option on Nigel Bradham for next season. If they decline it, Bradham will immediately become a free agent. Bradham has been solid, but not in the elite class. I would extend the club option because Philadelphia is thin at linebacker, but he hasn’t earned an extension beyond that yet.
Extend the club option for next season
Coming into the season with big expectations, Derek Barnett was decent but not great with 6.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. Barnett also made several dirty plays and mental errors, including a costly roughing the passer against Seattle. He hasn’t earned his extension yet; Philadelphia needs him to step up in 2020.
Don’t give him an extension
Pending Free Agents:
Coming off 2018, where he suffered a season-ending injury, Rodney Mcleod only missed all of two snaps during the entire 2019 season. He looked much better as the season progressed, as he finished the year with two interceptions and two forced fumbles. He should get 8-10M a season, and Philadelphia should give it to him.
Ronald Darby suffered a torn ACL in 2018 and wasn’t the same player last season. Darby often got cooked by deep threat receivers, and he has problems staying on the field. He was great during the Super Bowl year, but injuries have taken a toll on him. Let him go elsewhere.
It pains me to say it, but it’s time for Philadelphia to move on from Jason Peters. He looked horrible against Seattle and had too many false start penalties throughout the season. Peters has expressed interest in wanting to play next season, but his presence delays Andre Dillard’s development. Future Hall of Famer for sure.
Vinny Curry returned to Philly after a bad 2018 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was third on the team with 5.0 sacks, only behind Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett. If he’s willing to sign for cheap, he’s worth it as an additional defensive end.
What a waste of 9.3M Nelson Agholor was last season. After solid years in 2017 and 2018, Agholor fell off the map last season and struggled with drops. Agholor had just 39 receptions on 69 targets in 690 offensive snaps. That just isn’t going to cut it; the Eagles need to improve at receiver.
As a seventh-round pick in 2016, Jalen Mills has been one Howie Roseman’s best draft picks overall the last few years. However, Mills struggled at times last season, after an injury he suffered in 2018. Philadelphia needs to acquire better cornerbacks; Darby and Mills aren’t going to cut it anymore.
Kamu Grugier-Hill has always been a personal favorite of mine as he’s worked his way up from being a special-teamer in 2017 to being a key linebacker last season. However, he may have made a dent in his relationship with Doug Pederson. Grugier-Hill suffered a concussion against Miami but lied to the team, saying it was his shoulder, and he was fine to go back in. Pederson expressed his displeasure during a later interview. I’m all for bringing him back, but I don’t know if the organization will go for it now.
In 10 games last season, Timmy Jernigan made little to no impact following Malik Jackson’s week one injury. His play, in turn, hurt Fletcher Cox as well, as Cox received lots of double-teams from offensive linemen in pass protection. Jernigan hasn’t played well since the first half of the Super Bowl and isn’t worth bringing back to the team.
Jordan Howard was off to a solid start to the season before he suffered a shoulder injury that kept him out the second half of the year. Miles Sanders should be the Eagles’ lead back going forward, so it’s not worth bringing Howard back. He should get a decent contract elsewhere in the offseason.
Big V filled in when Lane Johnson got hurt. His best season was 2017 when he played LT for the Super Bowl team following Jason Peters’ injury. If he’s willing to sign for cheap, then it’s worth bringing him back for depth.
Corey Clement only played three offensive snaps this season for Philadelphia before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. Miles Sanders and Boston Scott should make the roster next season; if Jordan Howard leaves, then it will be worth bringing Clement back.
Cameron Johnston had a solid season as his 46.4 net yards per punt was eighth-best in the NFL. He’s a solid punter, and shouldn’t be too expensive.
Josh McCown gave it all he had against Seattle, but going into his age 41 season, it’s likely he’ll retire. He certainly gave off those vibes by talking about his career and family after the game. If he chooses to keep playing, he’s a solid backup quarterback with lots of experience.
Re-sign?: YES (unless he retires)
Soon to be 26, Nate Sudfeld has served his job as the Eagles’ third-string quarterback over the past three seasons. If McCown retires, ideally, the Eagles would sign a backup better than Sudfeld. However, Sudfeld is reliable as the third guy.
Craig James’ moment of his glory was the pass breakup on the goal-line in week four that led to a game-winning interception. James is a solid special-teamer and is worth bringing back, at least for the preseason.
For the second straight season, Richard Rodgers suffered a preseason injury that kept him out most of the season. There would be no point in bringing him back as a third tight end, given his injury history.
Hassan Ridgeway made the team ahead of Treyvon Hester as the team’s fourth defensive tackle. He suffered a season-ending injury against Dallas. Ridgeway shouldn’t be in the Eagles’ plans for next season.
Deontay Burnett was called up from the practice ahead of the Eagles’ Week 17 game against the Giants. He showed his vertical threat with a 41-yard catch in that game. Burnett likely won’t make the roster next season, but he’s worth giving a chance in the preseason.
The former 2017 fifth-round pick,
Shelton Gibson was called up for the Eagles’ playoff game and drew a pass interference call on his only target. Gibson spent most of the season on Cleveland’s practice squad and shouldn’t be in the Eagles’ long term plans.
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