Here we will continue our series of what I would do with each player on the team this offseason if I was Howie Roseman, this time looking at the offensive linemen.

 

Jordan Mailata

Mailata has quickly become by far the most promising player on the Eagles’ offensive line, in my opinion. An absolute steal in the 7th round of the 2018 Draft, the Australian rugby player is already a Pro Bowl-caliber left tackle at age 24. Mailata uses his massive 6’8”, 346 pound frame to bulldoze people in the run game, and you are not beating him with a power move on the pass rush. While still not perfect against speed rushers, Mailata is still getting better and is a freak athlete for his size and position. The Eagles gambled early in the season by betting on his potential and giving him a 4 year, $64 million extension. That contract is already looking like a bargain. He is a building block for years to come.

What I would do: Keep him, unquestionably.

 

Isaac Seumalo

Seumalo’s season ended very early with a foot injury, and his absence was felt at times when guys like Nate Herbig had to start games later in the season. While far from a spectacular player, Seumalo is an all-around solid and versatile offensive lineman that would have a role on any team in the league. He is entering his contract year, but his contract was restructured, making it highly unlikely he gets moved. I am perfectly fine with keeping him as a starter and multi-positional depth once again, especially with Brandon Brooks now retired.

What I would do: Keep him, and I would not be opposed to an extension either should it be a team-friendly deal.

 

Lane Johnson

While his ankle has struggled to stay healthy at times in the past, Johnson is a fantastic right tackle when he plays, and obviously the longer he stays playing at a high level, the better. Johnson missed time in the middle of the season due to personal (genuine cough Ben Simmons) mental health issues, but still had a great season nonetheless. The Eagles could maybe afford to draft a young tackle to develop behind Johnson for the future, but in the short-term, Lane is still the guy.

What I would do: Given his contract, Johnson is not going anywhere for at least two more years, and probably more than that. At least for the time being, that should not be considered a bad thing.

 

Jason Kelce

The best center in Eagles history and arguably the best center in the NFL, Kelce has (likely) once again decided to stick with the Eagles for another season. This time is probably his real last hoorah, however, as he is entering his contract year and his age-35 season. Still playing at a high level with iron man durability, Kelce will look to end his hall-of-fame career on a high note before #62 goes into the rafters.

What I would do: Kelce will be an Eagle for as long as he wants to. Give him one last ride as the anchor of the offensive line.

 

Landon Dickerson

The 37th overall pick of last year’s draft, Dickerson was a first-round talent who slid due to a laundry list of major injuries suffered at Alabama. Dickerson struggled slightly filling in for Seumalo out of the gate, but he steadily improved as the season progressed and looks to be a long-term starter for this team, whether it be at guard or center. Similar to Mailata, Dickerson is a huge body with good athleticism for his size and elite strength. The two of them were a nightmare in the run-game on the left side of the line during the second half of the season. No matter where Dickerson ends up in the future, he is an important building block for the offense and is looking like great value in the second round, provided he stays healthy.

What I would do: Keep him, unquestionably.

 

Andre Dillard

The Eagles traded up three spots to the 22nd pick in the 2019 Draft to take Dillard, a big pass-blocking specialist from Washington State. After a disastrous first two years, while he has at least become a serviceable fill-in left tackle, the pick as a whole was unquestionably disappointing. Dillard has not proven capable of playing anywhere on the line other than LT, which Mailata has on lock-down, so there is frankly little use for Dillard on this roster. I doubt they cut him, but there is no way they pick up his 5th-year option, and this should be his last year on the team if they can not trade him.

What I would do: If a team loses their left-tackle during the offseason or in the middle of the season and would trade a decent draft pick for Dillard, take it and kiss him goodbye. Otherwise, just let him go after this season.

 

Nate Herbig

Herbig is a 2019 undrafted free agent who has spent three years as a backup guard for the Eagles. He is certainly replaceable, but is still only 23 years old and a restricted free agent. I highly doubt he gets tendered, but I could definitely see him back on a minimum deal if he has no market.

What I would do: Low priority free agent who can come back for training camp/preseason if need be.

 

Sua Opeta

Another 2019 undrafted free agent, Opeta has been a serviceable backup guard for the Eagles. Again, however, as an unrestricted free agent and a great draft haul, I probably have bigger fish to fry.

What I would do: Same as Herbig.

 

Jack Driscoll

A 2020 4th-round pick out of Auburn, Driscoll is a versatile lineman who has played reasonably enough when healthy, but who is also made of styrofoam. Driscoll still has two cheap years left and is not in line to start, so there is no reason to change his role from what it has been. O-line depth should be something they address in the draft, though, as players like Driscoll and Dickerson have substantial injury histories.

What I would do: Keep, but target interior line depth in the draft.

 

Jack Anderson

Anderson was a Bills 7th-Round pick last year who the Eagles poached off their practice squad early in the season. Still with another year left on his contract before becoming an exclusive rights free agent, I bet he sticks around as a reserve tackle/guard for at least a couple more years.

What I would do: Keep as a cheap backup lineman.

 

Le’Raven Clark

Clark was selected by the Colts three picks after Isaac Seumalo in 2016. He played a solid amount as a reserve lineman in Indianapolis for four years before following Nick Sirianni to Philadelphia last offseason, where he only appeared in four games. Clark is still under contract next year for around $1 million, a good number for a serviceable backup who can play left tackle. I would not guarantee him a roster spot, but he should at least stick around to fight for one, especially if Dillard gets traded during the offseason.

What I would do: Keep at least into training camp/preseason to compete for a reserve spot.

 

Practice Squad/Futures Contracts (Long shots to make 53-Man Roster)

Kayode Awosiaka, Brett Toth, Luke Juriga

 

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