We’ve made it to the Off-season, and while the final outcome wasn’t exactly worth the 22 week buildup. There’s only one thing to look forward to. Next season.

There’s some major dates coming, so get your schedules ready, including:

  • NFL Combine (February 28th-March 6th)
  • Free Agency (March 15th)
  • 2023 Draft (April 27th-29th)
  • Schedule Release (May 12th)

With Free Agency less than a month away, let’s dive right in on the start of the Eagles off-season.

Free Agency Pileup

The list is long. So long, that it’s been a topic of discussion for weeks. “The Eagles won’t be able to re-sign all their free agents.” or “The Eagles won’t be as stacked next season.”

While it’s likely not all 21 free agents return to Philly, I covered in late December how the Eagles might be able to overcome the lengthy list of players who may or may not return here.

During today’s end of season press conference, GM Howie Roseman already began to hint that a number of free agents will be leaving the team, as he expects the team to have ‘a tremendous amount of picks… just by the sheer number of the free agents, we’re gonna have comp picks next year'(@17:45).

They’ll have to pick and choose which Free Agents will return, as it will be unlikely every Pro-Bowler from James Bradberry, to Miles Sanders will receive new contracts from the Eagles.

Upcoming Draft

The Eagles currently have the following draft picks in the 2023 Draft:

  • Round 1, 10th pick (Thanks Saints)
  • Round 1, 30th pick
  • Round 2, 62nd pick
  • Round 3, 94th pick
  • Round 7, 221st pick (Reagor trade)
  • Round 7, 250th pick

Sure the Eagles hold two 1st round picks, including the 10th overall selection. However they hold nothing between picks #95 and #220. I would fully expect Howie Roseman to not be quiet before or during the draft.

During last season’s draft, the Eagles traded up from #15 to #13 to draft Jordan Davis. Even while only jumping 2 selections in the draft, the Eagles packaged picks #124(4th), 162 and 166 (5th). If Roseman isn’t satisfied with the amount of day 2 or 3 picks the Eagles hold this year, expect to see the Eagles drop down towards the 15th-20th pick to acquire some later draft capital.

The Coaching Search

Philadelphia lost both coordinators on their trip to the Super Bowl.

The last team to lose both coordinators on their way to the Super Bowl was the San Francisco 49ers in 1994.

Offensive Coordinator Shane Steichen became Head Coach of the Indianapolis Colts and Defensive Coordinator Jonathan Gannon seemingly never left Arizona when he got hired as the Cardinals future Head Coach.

The Eagles won’t likely see the Colts for several years, but Jonathan Gannon will return to Lincoln Financial Field at some point next season as a part of the Arizona Cardinals.

With Current Quarterback Coach Brian Johnson the leading candidate to be promoted from within, the question remains for the Defensive Coordinator. Will it be the recently fired Vance Joseph? Or another internal hire in Defensive Passing Game Coordinator Dennard Wilson?

These hires might get announced rather quickly, with the Combine in less than 2 weeks.

The Jalen Hurts Contract

Jalen Hurts capped off the Super Bowl with one of the greatest performances of his career. 27/38, 304 Yards, 74 Rushing Yards and 4 total touchdowns. Hurts played a magnificent game and cemented himself amongst some of the Leagues best.

But what does that mean going forward?

In December, when I covered the topic of Jalen Hurts Contract, Spotrac had Jalen Hurts projected salary at $45.4M.

As of today, Spotrac projects Jalen Hurts to have an average salary of $44.2M, while signing a 6 year contract worth $265 million.

While it wouldn’t be wise for the Eagles to use the Franchise Tag, it is an option they could pursue with Hurts. A Quarterback Franchise Tag would net $32.4M according to Spotrac. However, the following Quarterbacks are all due for contract extensions, including: Justin Herbert, Tua Tagovailoa and Joe Burrow.

This isn’t an imminent threat, but the looming contract talk will shape the Eagles upcoming off-season.

 

With the guideline set, there’s a lot of work ahead for the Philadelphia Eagles. And with another Howie Roseman miracle during the off-season, the Eagles could be in fantastic shape for what will be a difficult 2023 schedule.

 

Go Birds.

 

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