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.
Eagles traded a 7 and Matt Tobin to Seattle for a 5. Seattle than traded a 7 and Michael Bennett for a 5 and Marcus Johnson.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) March 7, 2018
The Eagles basically traded Matt Tobin and Marcus Johnson for Michael Bennett, lol.
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.