Last time we posted HERE, we reviewed the Eagles roster, after a disappointing 4-12 season, and the massive changes to the roster have shown little sign of slowing down.
Just when we thought the roster had settled down, another THREE veterans were gone.
Pro Bowl RG, Brandon Brooks… GONE. Traded to Seattle for a 3rd round pick
SS, Malcolm Jenkins… ✂️CUT.
WR, Alshon Jeffrey… ✂️CUT.
Jenkins and Jeffrey were cut, purely to free up cap space, and Brooks traded for similar reasons. A few others were released on the approach of Free Agency, as the team looked to get on a solid footing for the future, after so many players have left over the past year.
At the latest count ONLY TWENTY TWO players remain on the roster from what started last pre season.
As the draft neared and free agency took off, the first big gain by this regime was to trade the 6th pick in the upcoming draft, along with a 4th rounder, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, picking up a 24 year old star at Wide Receiver, Chris Godwin, and giving Safety Damontae Kazee the opportunity to fill the vacancy left by the departure of Jenkins. Both enter contract years, but Eagles figure to have the cap space going forward, now their overhaul nears completion.
As part of the overhaul, only Kamu Grugier-Hill returned of the linebackers on the 53 – Free Agency saw a focus here as Darron Lee, Aaron Lynch, and Josh Martin have bolstered the linebacker corps. Lee and Martin seem to offer coverage options whereas the big hitting Lynch figures to be more of a run stopper, or bolster the pass rush.
Elsewhere, the acquisition of Jeremiah Attaochu adds to those pass rush options, and on offense, WR Jordan Lasley gets a 4th chance at the NFL after bouncing about from team to team, and D’onta Foreman tries to show his injuries are behind him as he gets a pre season chance to fight for a chance in a deep rotation in the Eagles backfield.
Also joining the offense, free agent QB Nick Mullens becomes the 4th player to make the move from San Francisco to Philadelphia under this regime, following WR James Jr, FS Moore and RB Breida. He definitely offers an upgrade on anything the team had behind Wentz at QB previously, and having signed a 3 year deal, he will be eager to take the opportunity, whenever it may arise.
As always during free agency, there have been many looking ahead to the annual NFL draft, and despite trading away their own 1st rounder, they still have another 1st, at the top of a total of 18 picks. Having covered many of their needs in this pre draft period, it has become much more difficult to guess the team’s approach to the draft, especially with the 1st pick now being at number 22.
If time allows, I’ll be back later today with a look at some of the rumours of how the Eagles will look to bolster this Depth Chart in the 2020 NFL Draft….