There won’t be many times a team has as critical of an offseason as the Eagles do. Right now, the Eagles have a long laundry list of decisions to make, from the coaching staff to personnel to the salary cap. Mind you, these aren’t small decisions; they surround the team’s most important positions, including one of the highest paid athletes in the world in Carson Wentz. When going about making these decisions in the coming months, the Eagles front office will essentially be walking on egg shells because even one mistake could tarnish the near and distant future for the team.
Who’s the Head Coach?
Since the stunning firing of coach Doug Pederson, the Eagles have done extensive research on who they want to lead their locker room from next year and onwards. They’ve interviewed everyone and anyone who has the slightest pedigree in being a head coach. With more interviews on the way, it’s clear that the team wants to get the absolutely best man for the job. There’s been chatter about Josh McDaniels likely being the next head coach, however, there are still stones left unturned that the Eagles would be wise to wait on (Eric Bieniemy). No matter who the team selects, it’s important that the new hiree has a strong voice and won’t be passive when it comes to roster decisions, a characteristic that Howie Roseman took advantage of with Doug Pederson.
Carson Wentz, Jalen Hurts, or None of the Above?
The Eagles quarterback controversy might be the most important roster decision in the entire NFL. There will be a lot of thought given to answering the question, as the difference between the two players isn’t exactly night and day. While Carson Wentz is the former MVP-candidate with potential, there’s a considerable amount of fixing required to get him back to where he was. In fact, the team has also told potential coaches that they want them to be able to come in and rebuild Wentz. On the other hand, there’s Jalen Hurts, who showed boundless potential in his four starts, yet looked shaky as a passer at times. There’s also option C, a star-studded quarterback draft class, with the Eagles sitting at pick number six. It would be best for the team to stay away from this choice, but you can never put it past the team to make that decision. The Eagles will also need to figure out what will happen to the odd-man out of this controversy and whether or not they decide to trade the quarterback that finds the short-end of the stick.
Will Zach Ertz be Here?
Zach Ertz has been a cornerstone of the Eagles offense for eight seasons, but might have played his final game in midnight green this season. It all started in the days leading up to the first game of this season when Ertz said he felt as though the team did not want him to be a part of their future. Then, after the Eagles finished their season finale, Ertz spent hours on the field post-game, possibly reflecting on what’s been a spectacular career in Philadelphia. The day after, Ertz had tears in his eyes in his post-season press conference, telling reporters that it had been an honor to play for this city. Ertz is still under contract for the 2021 season, but the Eagles will most definitely be shopping around for a suitor if they feel as though an extension is not meant to be. Even with Goedert waiting in the wings to take over as the starter, the team must do everything in their power to mend its relationship with one of the most prolific players to come through this city.
What’s the Salary Cap Situation?
At close to $52 million over the cap limit, there’s no team in greater debt than the Eagles. Ironically, numbers and money happens to be Howie’s strong suits as a general manager. Unlike years in the past, however, he won’t be able to fix this issue by moving a few dollars around. He’s going to have to make monumental decisions that will free up a significant amount of cash in order to allow the team to sign and re-sign any free agents. Howie’s already begun to make inroads on climbing this mountain, having restructured the contracts of both Alshon Jeffery and Malik Jackson. These two are expected to be released by the team anyhow, but this move allows the Eagles more cap relief for this year and spreads out their remaining money-owed in the future.
Who Will be the Eagles First Round Selection?
After a controversial tank job in the fourth quarter of the Eagles’ season finale, the team netted themselves the sixth overall selection of the upcoming draft. Being this high in such a talent-packed draft class is extremely valuable to a team that has such an unstable future, and the Eagles cannot miss on their first round pick, again. In particular, the two star-studded receivers that are ripe for Eagles’ picking have gotten a lot of attention from the fan base, in Ja’Marr Chase and DeVonte Smith. Both prospects have been labeled as can’t-miss picks, and with the Eagles deperately needing an electric piece on offense, either one will fit in just fine. Being in the cap situation they are in, however, it’s important to touch every base, and that includes potentially trading down for more assets.