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Eagles Stay or Go — Young receiver; Chance Warmack

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Eagles Stay or Go — Young receiver; Chance Warmack

Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro continue our series examining the future of the world champion Eagles. All of our previous Stay or Go posts can be found here.

Greg Ward
Roob:
Ward is the former Houston quarterback who the Eagles converted into a wide receiver and kept around on the practice squad all year. Ward is a tremendous athlete with decent size and tremendous speed, and the Eagles looked at him all along as a long-term project, so don't be surprised if they keep him around on the practice squad for another year as an investment. Ward is still only 22 and did enough in training camp to make you think at some point in a year or two he could be a functional NFL wide receiver.

Verdict: GOES

Dave: The undrafted receiver out of the University of Houston had a good training camp and then spent the 2017 season on the Eagles' practice squad. The former quarterback is still learning the position, but definitely made an impression on the team. Many thought he deserved a roster spot coming into the season. He'll have another shot at a spot this year, but the odds are probably against him. 

Verdict: GOES

Chance Warmack
Roob:
In a season in which Doug Pederson and his staff did very, very few things wrong, they did misjudge Warmack, who was terrible in training camp and predictably couldn't hang onto the left guard spot after Isaac Seumalo did little to impress the coaches. Warmack ultimately gave way to third choice Stefen Wisniewski, who was very good. As for Warmack, he's only 26 and has 51 career starts under his belt, so somebody is going to give him a shot. It won't be the Eagles.

Verdict: GOES

Dave: Some folks probably think Warmack was a disappointment in 2017 because the Eagles gave him an opportunity to take over as their starting left guard and he couldn't beat out Wisniewski. That's partially true, but Warmack did play well at other times and was the Eagles' best backup interior lineman this season. He got a modest contract extension and is a decent depth piece. 

Verdict: STAYS

Eagles Stay or Go — Has Jaylen Watkins worn out welcome?

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Eagles Stay or Go — Has Jaylen Watkins worn out welcome?

Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro continue our series examining the future of the world champion Eagles. All of our previous Stay or Go posts can be found here.

Jaylen Watkins
Roob:
Watkins didn't play as much in 2017 as he did in 2016, but he was a serviceable reserve safety who can also play cornerback or slot if needed. His snap counts decreased dramatically — from 388 to 168 — but Watkins was a core special teamer, and Jim Schwartz really seems to like his versatility. Little is set behind Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod, so I'm guessing the former fourth-round pick out of Florida sticks for another year.

Verdict: STAYS

Dave: Watkins is a restricted free agent this offseason so it'll really be up to the Eagles if they want him back. They aren't going to tender him, so he'll become unrestricted on March 14. They weren't going to pay him what that contract would cost. But that doesn't mean he's necessarily gone. It's not like there will be a lot of teams busting down doors to get to him. While Watkins isn't a starter, he played some good snaps for the Eagles in 2017 and was a backup at every position on defense. When the Eagles needed a cornerback instead of a safety, Watkins moved there in the summer. He should be cheap enough to keep. 

Verdict: STAYS

Carson Wentz 
Roob:
I remember that guy! Wentz enters his third season, and thanks to Nick Foles' heroics, it's easy to forget that before he got hurt Wentz went 11-2 with 33 touchdowns, seven interceptions and 254 passing yards per game. His 101.9 passer rating was third highest in NFL history by a QB in his first or second year (minimum 400 attempts), and his 33 TDs set a franchise record. If Wentz can stay healthy, he's going to be an absolute superstar in this league.

Verdict: STAYS

Dave: The biggest story of the offseason is Wentz's rehab. Will he be ready for Week 1? Obviously, the Eagles have a pretty good backup plan in Super Bowl MVP Foles, but Wentz is still the guy in Philly. He was likely on his way to an NFL MVP award before tearing his ACL and LCL on Dec. 10 in Los Angeles. He has two more years left on his rookie deal and then a fifth-year option before the Eagles might have to pay him well over $30 million per season. 

Verdict: STAYS

Stefen Wisniewski
Roob: 
Wisniewski was a beast once he got settled in at left guard. Why did it take a month for that to happen? Just chalk it up to the Eagles really wanting to make things work with Isaac Seumalo, a third-round draft pick, and Chance Warmack, a Jeff Stoutland favorite. What happens next? Wiz deserves the left guard spot, but he has a fairly significant $2.958 million cap hit in 2018, so it's no lock the Eagles bring him back. But I think they will.

Verdict: STAYS

Dave: It seemed like the Eagles gave everyone a chance to start at left guard before Wiz. First there was Allen Barbre, then Seumalo, then Warmack. Finally, Wisniewski got into the lineup and never left. The Eagles' dominant offensive line didn't really take form until it solidified the left guard spot and that didn't happen until Wiz got in there. Even if he was just a backup, he'd be worth keeping. But now, Wiz is a starter on one of the best units the Eagles have. 

Verdict: STAYS

Eagles mailbag — Top priority, surprise cuts, Jeffery's shoulder

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Eagles mailbag — Top priority, surprise cuts, Jeffery's shoulder

More questions and answers today. This has been an Eagles mailbag marathon this week. 

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Tuesday

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And here's today: 

There are a few. Howie Roseman obviously has to figure out a way to get the team under the salary cap by the time the new league year starts on March 14. But there are ways to do that and he's really good at it. 

The biggest thing I think the Eagles need to figure out is how to keep Nigel Bradham. Of all their pending free agents, he's the one who is most important to bring back. I'm not sure what it will cost and the Eagles obviously don't have a ton of room to work with, but this is worth getting done, especially as Jordan Hicks returns from that Achilles tear. 

Bradham's performance in 2017 after Hicks went down was really important to the team's success. He's still 28, so he'll be able to play at a high level through another contract. But this is really his first shot (and maybe his only) to sign a big deal, so the Eagles can't expect him to offer a discount. 

I'm not listing Torrey Smith, Brent Celek or Vinny Curry here because we know those guys make a lot of money and I'm not sure how surprised anyone would really be if one or more of them is released. 

A couple surprise names might be Chris Maragos and Chance Warmack. For clarity, I think both will be on the team, but if the Eagles cut Maragos, they'd save $1.5 million and Warmack would save them a little over a million. But Maragos is still a great special teams player and Warmack is still their top backup guard. 

It'll be a little tight. Jeffery is expected to need about six months to fully recover. I wouldn't expect to see much of him in training camp or in the preseason. So the Eagles might not have Carson Wentz throw a pass to Jeffery again until — at the earliest — Week 1. That's a little troubling. But if I had to bet, I'd bet that Jeffery is ready for the opener. After all, he just played an entire season with a torn rotator cuff.