No NFL exec trades quite like Howie Roseman

No NFL exec trades quite like Howie Roseman

The most impressive thing about Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman isn't that he outlasted Chip Kelly, won the power struggle and took back his old job. 

The most impressive thing is that since he got the power back, he's been bolder than before. 

Roseman was never one to shy away from aggressiveness before his demotion but since being reinstated to power early in 2016, the Eagles' de facto general manager has been as gutsy on the phone as Doug Pederson has been calling plays on the field. A lot of folks would have probably played it a little safe after going through the demotion, but Roseman hasn't and it's a big reason the Eagles won the Super Bowl. 

On Wednesday, he pulled off another trade, this time acquiring Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett and a seventh-round pick for reserve receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round pick. 

Sometimes it feels like Roseman is playing a different game than other NFL GMs. They're all playing checkers and he's yelling checkmate. 

The Bennett deal was the 14th player trade Roseman has made since the start of 2016. Only one team — the Patriots with 18 — has made more player trades in that time. The only other teams in double digits are the Chiefs (12) and Seahawks (11). While the Eagles have made 14 player trades, the rest of the teams in the NFC East combined have made just eight. 

No, they're not all home runs, but Roseman is certainly winning more than he's losing. 

Here's a reverse look at all 14 Roseman has made since retaking personnel control after the 2015 season:

Seahawks — Get Michael Bennett, seventh-rounder. Give Marcus Johnson, fifth-rounder. 

Dolphins — Get Jay Ajayi. Give up fourth-rounder. 

*Saints — Get seventh-rounder. Give up Jon Dorenbos.

Jets — Get Dexter McDougle. Give up Terrence Brooks. 

Seahawks — Get fifth-rounder. Give up Matt Tobin, seventh-rounder.

Bills — Get Ronald Darby. Give up Jordan Matthews, third-round pick.

Broncos — Get conditional pick. Give up Allen Barbre. 

Ravens — Get Tim Jernigan, third-rounder. Give up third-rounder (higher pick). 

Patriots — Get fourth-rounder. Give up Eric Rowe. 

Vikings — Get first-rounder, fourth-rounder. Give up Sam Bradford. 

Titans — Get Dorial Green-Beckham. Give up Dennis Kelly. 

Broncos — Get conditional pick. Give up Mark Sanchez. 

Titans — Get fourth-rounder. Give up DeMarco Murray, fourth-rounder.

Dolphins — Get No. 8 pick. Give up Kiko Alonso, Byron Maxwell, No. 13 pick. 

*Trade was voided when Dorenbos failed physical because of heart condition

As it stands, the Eagles have just six draft picks in April's draft and don't have any picks in the second or third rounds. Their first pick in the fourth comes pretty late too. And the Eagles still need to get their salary under the cap; a few maneuvers could make that happen. 

So there's a good chance Roseman is far from finished his wheeling and dealing. But it should be no surprise that winning a Super Bowl hasn't quelled his aggressiveness. This is who he is, and it's been working for the Eagles. 

Roob's 10 mid-March Eagles observations

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Roob's 10 mid-March Eagles observations

We're deep into free agency, the draft is rapidly approaching and the 2017 Super Bowl champion Eagles are being reshaped into a new team.

Which means it's a perfect time for a Roob's 10 Observations.

1. As the Eagles move on from LeGarrette Blount and reshape the running back position, it’s intriguing to ponder just how good Corey Clement can be. From what I saw last year? I think the kid can be a stud. His touches were limited until late in the season, but how many rookies have had 300 rushing yards, 200 receiving yards and averaged at least 4.4 yards per carry and 13 yards per catch? Would you believe three in the last 40 years? A guy named Jesse Clark with the Packers in 1983, a guy named Adrian Peterson with the Vikings in 2007 and a guy named Corey Clement. It’s tough to project, but he can run, he can block, he can catch, he’s got a real flair for making big plays and a terrific knack in the red zone. Can’t wait to see him in an expanded role.

2. As for Blount, you can’t understate his value to the Eagles last year, both as a running back and a leader. For a guy with his resume to come into that locker room and not once complain about his workload – even when he had no carries against the Chiefs – was remarkable. His selfless attitude really resonated with the young guys in the locker room. And I know a lot of fans were upset to see him go, but as incredible as his Super Bowl performance was, you can’t forget that in the seven games leading up to the Super Bowl he averaged 2.9 yards per carry. And he’s 31 years old. If the reported numbers are correct, Blount’s $4.5 million 2018 salary makes him the 12th-highest-paid running back in the league. Good for him. I wish him well. He was a huge part of that 2017 team. But it made no sense for the Eagles to bring him back.

3. It’s amazing how much money teams keep throwing at Sam Bradford. He’s got 34 wins in eight seasons, he’s never had a winning record, he’s never made a postseason, and on the rare occasions when he’s been healthy, he’s won only 43 percent of his starts. Oh, and he’s missed 42 games since 2013. “He’s our guy!”

4. Speaks volumes that both Blount and Torrey Smith singled out Duce Staley in their tweets or Instagram posts saying goodbye to Philly after joining new teams. Staley wasn’t even Smith’s position coach, and he still singled him out. Blount wrote: “To my main man Coach Duce Staley – You have impacted my life on and off the field and pushed me to be the best version of me I can be and for that I thank you!” Staley is such a natural leader and such a big part of what the Eagles accomplished in 2017. He’s going to be a head coach one day.

5. The Eagles lost Vinny Curry, but they have Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Michael Bennett and Chris Long. They lost Trey Burton and Brent Celek, but they have Zach Ertz. They lost Smith, but they have Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and Mack Hollins. They lost Blount, but they have Jay Ajayi and Clement. They lost Patrick Robinson, but they have Sidney Jones, Jalen Mills, Rasul Douglas, Ronald Darby and Daryl Worley. They’ve lost a lot, but they’re still stocked at every position where they lost someone. Pretty darn good roster planning.

6. I feel like in the wake of Nick Foles’ brilliant postseason, people are forgetting exactly how good Carson Wentz was before he got hurt. So here’s a list of every quarterback in NFL history with 33 or more touchdown passes and seven or fewer interceptions in a season before his 30th birthday: Carson Wentz.

7. I wonder how much Haloti Ngata has left. He’s 34, he’s coming off a torn biceps, and he’s five years removed from his last Pro Bowl. Beau Allen was quietly a solid backup defensive tackle and played a big role in that D-line rotation the second half of the season after Tim Jernigan hurt his ankle. I don’t mind the signing. Ngata comes cheap and there’s really nothing to lose. But it’s been a while since he’s been a dominant player, so it’ll be interesting to see how he fits in.

8. If you’ve never been to Canton, Ohio, plan your trip now. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is a great place to visit any time. But the weekend of Brian Dawkins’ induction is going to be unforgettable. Dawk’s speech is going to be epic.

9. The Philly Special may be the greatest play in Eagles history, but where does the fourth-quarter fourth-down conversion rank? The Eagles trailed with 5½ minutes left and faced a 4th-and-1 inside midfield when Foles converted a short completion to Ertz. If they don’t convert, they lose. That’s gotta be a top-10 all-time play. Maybe top-five.

10. Tight ends with more catches than Ertz in their first five NFL seasons: Kellen Winslow Sr., Jimmy Graham, Jason Witten and Antonio Gates.

Torrey Smith says Carson Wentz is going to get PAID

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Torrey Smith says Carson Wentz is going to get PAID

We all know just how good Carson Wentz is. Heck, the entire NFL knows just how good Wentz is after the Eagles' QB put together a remarkable season with 3,296 passing yards and 33 TD tosses … in just 13 games.

But we and the entire league also know what that means: Wentz is going to get a lot more zeros added to his paycheck soon.

Wideout Torrey Smith, recently traded by the Eagles to the Panthers, knows full well what Wentz's worth is and isn't shy to talk about it, as he did at his charity basketball event in Maryland Saturday evening.

"When Carson's time comes, they're going to need a Brinks truck the size of this arena," Smith, who caught 33 balls for 692 yards and two TDs from Wentz last season, told ESPN's Jamison Hensley while noting the Eagles are taking full advantage of Wentz's discounted rookie deal right now.

Wentz is in the middle of a four-year, $26.6 million deal signed after he was drafted No. 2 overall in 2016. The deal expires after the 2019 season, but obviously, Howie Roseman and crew know this all is looming. And they also know recent QB contract numbers have continued to skyrocket.

San Francisco recently made Jimmy Garoppolo, he of seven career starts but also of five straight wins to end last season after his trade from New England, the richest QB in league history with a five-year, $137.5 million deal. Detroit gave Matthew Stafford a five-year, $135 million deal prior to last season, a few months after Oakland gave Derek Carr a five-year, $125 million extension. Those three are the top-paid QBs in the league.

Long story short: With the way Wentz has performed with 7,049 passing yards and 49 TDs in 29 career starts, he's going to get paid.

And Roseman's acts of salary cap magic are going to have to continue because Wentz is going to get paid sooner than later, and the whole league knows it.