Stay or Go 2018

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 Stay or Go — Three players entering Year 3

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Eagles Stay or Go — Three players entering Year 3

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.

Destiny Vaeao 
Roob:
Vaeao played 231 snaps in 11 games and that's a significant amount for a backup defensive tackle. Vaeao, undrafted out of Washington State two years ago, isn't a playmaker or a pass rusher, but in a limited role he seems to be a capable run stuffer, and the way Jim Schwartz rotates his linemen, that's a key role. And his minimum-wage salary doesn't hurt his chances. The Eagles could easily replace Vaeao in the draft. They haven't taken a defensive tackle in the first five rounds in the last four drafts. But for now, I'd expect Vaeao to stick around.

Verdict: STAYS

Dave: The undrafted defensive tackle from a year ago had to battle through a hand injury and surgery during the 2017 season, but still managed to play 22 percent of the Eagles' defensive snaps. With Beau Allen's becoming a free agent, Vaeao might actually get to play a bigger role with the defense in 2018. 

Verdict: STAYS

Halapoulivaati Vaitai 
Roob:
Big V was such a crucial part of the offensive line during the Super Bowl run. What a story. It's a lot to ask a fifth-round draft pick to replace a Hall of Famer, but that's what he did. By the time the playoffs rolled around, Big V was playing at a high, consistent level. Doug Pederson said he expects Jason Peters to be his opening-day left tackle next year, but eventually the job will be Big V's.

Verdict: STAYS

Dave: Big V might very well be one of the biggest reasons the Eagles won a Super Bowl. Think about it. When Peters went down, there were a bunch of fans who were trying to figure out a way for Howie Roseman to pull off a trade for a veteran. Instead, the Eagles stuck with Vaitai and he played very well. Was he Peters? No. Before Peters went down, he was playing at an All-Pro level. But Vaitai more than held his own. Whether he's the starter or is back to being a backup next season, he isn't going anywhere. 

Verdict: STAYS

Joe Walker
Roob:
Walker, a seventh-round pick in 2016 out of Oregon, has been around a couple years and got into 12 games this past year, playing 97 snaps on defense and 127 on special teams. Walker can always tell his kids he won a Super Bowl ring with the Eagles, but he didn't show enough on defense or special teams to warrant another year. 

Verdict: GOES

Dave: For a while in 2017, it looked like Walker would have a big role. He should have been the guy to replace Jordan Hicks in the team's base package. But Najee Goode got a chance and then the team brought in Dannell Ellerbe, who eventually took over. Walker suffered a stinger and ended his second NFL season on IR. Really, the move to bring back Bryan Braman took away Walker's biggest role on special teams. He might not have provided the Eagles with the caliber of backup linebacker they hoped for, but he still has value on special teams. He'll be a bubble guy. 

Verdict: STAYS