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Eagles' 4 biggest offseason questions

Eagles' 4 biggest offseason questions

The confetti has been cleaned up and the party is over. The Eagles won a Super Bowl. Now it's all about trying to win one again. 

So hopefully Howie Roseman and his staff had a good time celebrating because there's plenty of work to be done. 

For the most part, the Eagles are in a pretty good position. Doug Pederson is back for Year 3, Carson Wentz's rehab appears to be going well, and the team brings back most of its starters from the 2017 season. 

But there are some major questions facing the team. 

Here are four of them: 

1. How should they replace Frank Reich? 
You can thank Josh McDaniels for this one. The Patriots' offensive coordinator had already accepted the Colts' head coaching job but then he backed out, leaving Reich in their crosshairs. The Colts might have actually lucked out in this whole situation because Reich has the makings of a pretty good head coach. But it is a loss for the Eagles. 

Now, there's a chance you don't know what the Eagles are going to miss losing Reich, but I tried to outline that here. Basically, the Eagles need to find a good complement to Pederson to put in this role. Maybe that's Duce Staley, maybe that's Mike Groh. Maybe that's someone who isn't in the organization right now. 

At some point, Pederson is going to have to figure out how to replenish his staff, especially if the Eagles are going to be successful over the next decade. Because with success comes other teams wanting your coaches. It seems like Pederson values promoting from within, but there also seems to be value in bringing in smart outside voices. He's going to have to learn how to balance those two things. 

2. Should they trade Nick Foles?  
Coming off a dazzling postseason and a Super Bowl MVP award, Foles' value has never been higher. Roseman could probably flip him right now for a high pick while also clearing $5.2 million in cap space. But, of course, it's not that easy and there's one big hurdle in the way. Wentz is still recovering from a torn ACL and LCL. His goal is still to be ready for Week 1 but it's far too early in his recovery to say definitively that he'll be good to go. 

So this puts the Eagles in a tough spot. Trade Foles and hope Wentz is ready. If he's not, then Nate Sudfeld is your Week 1 starter. Or keep Foles as an expensive insurance policy. 

The Eagles have already proven they can win a Super Bowl with Foles or Wentz, so the possibility of starting the season without either of them should be terrifying. Maybe we'll get a better sense of Wentz's recovery in a month or two, but until then it might be too risky to trade Foles. 

3. Who should they bring back? 
The Eagles have several key players set to become free agents when the new league year starts on March 14. The most important among them is linebacker Nigel Bradham, who came to the Eagles on a two-year deal two seasons ago. Bradham had a great 2017 season and filled in admirably for Jordan Hicks as the defensive signal-caller after the middle linebacker tore his Achilles. From there, the Eagles also have to make decisions on Beau Allen, Patrick Robinson, Trey Burton and others. 

The problem is that the Eagles don't have enough money to pay everyone. Based on projections of the 2018 salary cap, the Eagles are set to be about $9 million over. Now, don't worry too much about the numbers yet. If there's one thing Howie Roseman is great at, it's manipulating the salary cap. But they do have some decisions about players under contract, starting with Vinny Curry and his $11 million cap number in 2018. And is it worth picking up that Torrey Smith option for $5 million? That would be one quick way to help that cap situation. 

4. Who should they bring in? 
Roseman pulled all the right strings last offseason. Think about the guys he brought in: Alshon Jeffery, Robinson, Timmy Jernigan, Foles, Chance Warmack, Chris Long, LeGarrette Blount. All of them played a role in 2017. 

It seems like there are so many years when we expect Roseman to be quiet in free agency and he never is. He's an aggressive guy when it comes to adding talent in the offseason and after what he did last year, it's hard to argue against his philosophy. Expect him to be able to manipulate the cap enough to find room to bring in quality free agents and maybe a few diamonds in the rough like Robinson from last year.

Eagles confident another parade is coming soon

Eagles confident another parade is coming soon

Thursday was a pretty incredible day in Philadelphia history. Eagles players, coaches and front office executives met with a few million of their closest friends for a parade down Broad Street. 

A parade many had been waiting on for their entire lives. They all hope they won't have to wait as long for the next one. 

After festivities from the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art began, owner Jeff Lurie got on stage and talked to the crowd of millions. He left them with one thought on what seemed like a perfect day. 

"And I have one final message for you," Lurie said. "We are just beginning."

Lurie's message was echoed throughout the ceremony on Thursday afternoon. The Eagles just won their first Super Bowl in franchise history, but they don't expect it to be their last. With a coaching staff and front office set up and with most of their 22 starters returning under contract, they hope this is just the beginning. 

The Eagles hope they didn't just end the Patriots' dynasty. They hope they started their own. 

"We brought you guys a world championship and just like Mr. Lurie said, we are not done yet," head coach Doug Pederson said. "We have more to go, more to prove. This is our new norm. This is our new norm, to be playing football in February."

Howie Roseman, the man responsible for putting the Super Bowl team together, didn't take a long time at the podium. His speech was short and sweet, but had the same sentiment. 

Come March, he'll be trying to sign free agents and the draft won't be far behind. He lives for the offseason and his greatest challenge will be to recreate another world championship team. It won't be easy. 

"This is the best city in the world, with the best fans in the world," Roseman said. "And now we have the word championship. Get used to it! Let's go!"

On the surface, it would seem crazy to at least not think the Eagles won't have a chance to repeat next year. In addition to bringing back most of their starters, they'll also bring back several injured players like Carson Wentz, Jordan Hicks, Jason Peters, Chris Maragos and possibly Darren Sproles. 

Of course, Wentz is the big one. Foles played great in the Super Bowl, earning the MVP award, but Wentz was the league MVP before going down in December. If he's able to return to form, the Eagles will have a chance to become a dynasty. He even has two more years left on his cheaper rookie contract, before the Eagles will have to pay him a crazy amount of money. 

"From the moment I got here, I knew this was a special place," Wentz said. "Special locker room, a special organization, special coaching and some seriously special fans. I knew it wouldn't take long until we were standing up here. And here we are today as world champions. Last thing I gotta say is I hope y'all can get used to this." 

The Eagles hope they've not just broken through; they hope they've changed the culture. They now expect to be fighting to earn a parade down Broad Street every winter. 

Poor Zach Ertz had to follow Jason Kelce's epic speech on Thursday. Not an easy task. But if you didn't hear what Ertz said, he more than held his own. 

"We're world champions," Ertz said, "and I promise this ain't the last time we're going to be partying on Broad Street."

It'll be a tough promise to keep. But doubting the Eagles just doesn't seem wise anymore. 

The ultimate vindication for Howie the Creator

The ultimate vindication for Howie the Creator

MINNEAPOLIS — You know how cool it was watching the Eagles win the Super Bowl? 

Now imagine you put the team together. 

Imagine that the team you watched on Sunday was crafted by your own two hands. Nearly every player picked by you for one reason or another. The pressure and the reward. 

That's what it had to be like for Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman. Once stripped of his personnel power and banished to the supply closet, Roseman returned with a vengeance, even more bold than he was before, and he put together the team that won Super Bowl LII. 

He drafted Carson Wentz. He traded Sam Bradford. He traded for Tim Jernigan and Jay Ajayi. He signed LeGarrette Blount and Alshon Jeffery and Chris Long and Patrick Robinson and Stefen Wisniewski. And he brought back Nick Foles. He helped hire Doug Pederson and Joe Douglas. He drafted Derek Barnett. 

Roseman put this team together. And then he watched it do something all the others in franchise history couldn't. 

"That's my job. I'm just trying to do my job," Roseman said late on Sunday night. "That's it. Try to do my job, try to do it the best I can. I've got a great staff that helps me. We've got a great coach and great players. It's not about Howie Roseman. It's about the Philadelphia Eagles being Super Bowl champs!"

As Roseman walked through the hallway that led away from the Eagles' locker room at U.S. Bank Stadium, where the Lombardi Trophy was still being passed around for photos, he said he hadn't really thought that deeply about watching his creation. 

On Sunday night, Roseman just wanted to soak it all in. 

Roseman, 42, started with the Eagles as an intern in 2000 and slowly worked his way up from there. He was relentless in his pursuit to become an NFL general manager and got there with the Eagles in 2010. He lasted through 2014, when Chip Kelly won a power struggle briefly. 

For a year, Roseman waited in the shadows and eventually outlasted Kelly, who was fired. Roseman then brought in personnel man Joe Douglas, one of the conditions of his reinstatement to power, and started making moves to put together the roster that won Super Bowl LII. 

"It's great," Roseman said, before stopping briefly to make sure the busses weren't about to leave for the party without him. "Happy for the City of Philadelphia, happier for our organization. It hasn't even started yet, man. We got to celebrate with all of us here, but can't wait to do it with all of our families, can't wait to do it with our friends. And I can't wait to do it down Broad Street."

The most impressive thing about the team that Roseman built was that it was built to last through injuries that would have devastated other teams. Sure, coaching had a lot to do with it, but Roseman provided Pederson the players to get it done. 

Last week, owner Jeff Lurie admitted that winning a Super Bowl with this group of players would be even more special because of the adversity they've faced. 

"It's hard to win a world championship," Roseman said. "Everything has to go right. And not everything went right for us. But when you think about it, the city of Philadelphia hasn't had a world championship in 60 years. Is it going to be easy? No! Nothing in life that's worthwhile is easy. And this (Super Bowl) hat. We're world champions forever. This group is a special group."