We’re almost two weeks into NFL free agency. The Birds have lost some players, but Howie has done a great job of restructuring some contracts, and freeing up money to add some new players.
Some key Eagles players from the past few seasons have moved on and joined new teams. Miles Sanders to the Panthers, Isaac Seumalo to the Steelers, Javon Hargrave to the 49er’s, TJ Edwards to the Bears, and CJGJ to the Lions. It may seem like the Eagles are worse off without those players, but thanks to Howie Roseman’s productivity, the Birds are still in good hands.
The replacements for the players mentioned above are Rashaad Penny, Cam Jurgens, Jordan Davis, NaKobe Dean, and Tarrell Edmunds. It is clear that last off-season, the Eagles front office was looking ahead and they knew that the players they drafted were going to play huge roles in 2023. It is also clear that with this free agency class, the Birds are using a low-risk, high-reward strategy. Everyone they have signed so far is on a one year prove it deal, so hopefully they will be productive as they fight for a lucrative contract next off-season.
The Eagles also did a great job of being able to bring back Darius Slay and James Bradberry. As the season ended, almost every single Eagles writer, fan, or anyone else thought for sure they would be losing at least one of these guys, if not both. Having both of them back should keep the secondary stable for a few seasons.
Most recently, the Eagles extended Lane Johnson, which freed up a good amount of cap space. Per OverTheCap, the Eagles currently have $12,837,115 in cap space.
We all know Howie is aggressive and there will be more moves made before the season starts, but as of right now, he is having a very productive off-season.