NFL  > Philadelphia Eagles  > The Eagles Are Already The Winners Of The Offseason
July 30, 2011, 04:08 AM
Let's review:

- Traded away Kevin Kolb for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2nd round pick.
- Signed Asomugha. Asomugha, Samuel, and DRC on the same team?
- Signed Babin, who will join Cole, Bunkley, and Patterson in the front 4, along with other DE's Parker and Graham.

They managed to REALLY beef up their defense, especially in the secondary. They should have a good pass rush, AND dominating corners, to boot! This, paired with their already explosive offense... I can't wait to see these guys on the field. They managed to get all of this and end up plus one 2nd round pick! Outstanding!

Also, I'm gonna play as them in Madden 12. Just sayin.
July 30, 2011  07:18 AM ET

you're dumb.

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July 30, 2011  07:18 AM ET

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July 30, 2011  07:19 AM ET

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July 30, 2011  07:20 AM ET

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July 30, 2011  09:15 AM ET

The Eagles have been impressive in free agency but that doesn't neccessarily translate to success on the playing field.

July 30, 2011  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The Eagles have been impressive in free agency but that doesn't neccessarily translate to success on the playing field.

Babin I'm not as sold on. He's only had one good season in the NFL and was less than impressive during his first stay in Philadelphia. The key difference this time being that the same defensive line coach (Jim Washburn) that he excelled under last season in Tennessee, happens to be the new defensive line coach for the Eagles.

However, when you have a cornerback as highly respected as Nnamdi Asomugha, guys like that can play anywhere.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is simply icing on the cake because unlike Kevin Kolb, the Eagles can get use out of DRC 16 games a season.

July 30, 2011  12:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Babin I'm not as sold on. He's only had one good season in the NFL and was less than impressive during his first stay in Philadelphia. The key difference this time being that the same defensive line coach (Jim Washburn) that he excelled under last season in Tennessee, happens to be the new defensive line coach for the Eagles.However, when you have a cornerback as highly respected as Nnamdi Asomugha, guys like that can play anywhere.Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is simply icing on the cake because unlike Kevin Kolb, the Eagles can get use out of DRC 16 games a season.

As well, the Eagles D is evolving. Andy Reid did not hang former offensive line coach now D coordinator Juan Castillo out to dry. For those who don't know him, he is a very respected line coach in the NFL. A real players coach, very intelligent, and makes the most out of what he to work with. So much so that the defensive players always gravitate around him during practices and pick his brain. He has emphatically stated that his defensive scheme will be "attacking" on every down. With the trade for DRC, that shored up the hole opposite Samuel. Now the addition of Asomugha, lets say they will be the starters and Samuel gets traded for intensive purposes. Washburn will get the most out of these DE's, 2 former Titans (Juqua Parker, Jasin Babin). No more worries about leaving mediocre CB's out on an island, with 2 premier CB's maybe 3 if Samuel stays....the d-line will be pinning its ears back on every snap. That's what Castillo's philosophy is...and Reid got him what he needed. Babin doesn't have to be the best DE in the league, he just has to show up.

July 30, 2011  12:09 PM ET

^^when Castillo was still offensive line coach, d players gravitated around him^^

July 30, 2011  12:13 PM ET
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July 30, 2011  03:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Fixed it for you.http://tinyurl.com/3wbjvy4

She is a reporter, not a pro skateboarder...with that in mind, the idiot next to her should have kept that in mind...and been ready for exactly what happened. If he was too slow to react and catch her before she dumped, he could of at least been a gentleman and helped her up instead of standing there like a re-tard.
I bet a stiff punch to his chin would wake him up. Punk!

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July 30, 2011  05:47 PM ET
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You had FIFTEEN UFA, and you have kept NONE...You can't afford all three of the CB's...Asomugha can not do it alone...plus now, how do you afford DeSean Jackson?That is not winning, that is just getting the best player available...Congrads, I wanted him so BAD!!!!!!

...and I wanted DE Julius Peppers last year.

Now they have just added DE/DT Cullen Jenkins from Green Bay, for a 5 yr $25 mill deal...and shipped off DT Broderick Bunkley to Cleveland for a 2012 5th.

Looks like all in to me....but this kind of roster is unsustainable for the long haul.
Should be a hell of a ride.

July 30, 2011  05:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

maybe asante samuels will be back in new england ?

Samuel opposite Devin McCourty would be a great combination.

N.E. has been stockpiling picks, not out of the realm of possibility though.
(I would like him to remain an Eagle:)

July 31, 2011  06:14 AM ET
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You had FIFTEEN UFA, and you have kept NONE...You can't afford all three of the CB's...Asomugha can not do it alone...plus now, how do you afford DeSean Jackson?That is not winning, that is just getting the best player available...Congrads, I wanted him so BAD!!!!!!

Maybe you should do a little research before trashing the Eagles FO. Yes, they chose not to keep any of their FAs, but let's take a look at that group. The three best were Mikkel (solid, but on the down side of his career), Bradley (injured too often, and seemed slower last year), and Weaver (already had a replacement for him after losing him for all of last season). So, no huge losses.

As for affording our players, unlike some teams the Eagles know how to manage their cap. They came in to the off season around $30 million under the cap. Not resigning those FAs opened up a lot more cap space. Nnamdi and Asante are big against the cap, but DRC is still on his rookie contract and is a small cap hit. VY came in on a one year incentive laden contract, which means another relatively small cap hit. Jenkins is only $4 million this year, and trading Bunkley made up for a lot of that. Babin was a good bargain as well.

So, the Eagles have made quite a splash in free agency, but they had plenty of cap room to do it, and they didn't break the bank for most of the acquisitions. In the end, they've fixed their two biggest areas of need (pass rush and secondary), and they did it in a way that doesn't sacrifice their future. For the most part, this is a sustainable roster for the Eagles. The only real issue that will come up is when it comes time to sign DRC to an extension, and his contract runs through next season.

July 31, 2011  06:17 AM ET

Nice. You got the enter thing down.

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July 31, 2011  09:17 AM ET
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Maybe you should do a little research before trashing the Eagles FO. Yes, they chose not to keep any of their FAs, but let's take a look at that group. The three best were Mikkel (solid, but on the down side of his career), Bradley (injured too often, and seemed slower last year), and Weaver (already had a replacement for him after losing him for all of last season). So, no huge losses. As for affording our players, unlike some teams the Eagles know how to manage their cap. They came in to the off season around $30 million under the cap. Not resigning those FAs opened up a lot more cap space. Nnamdi and Asante are big against the cap, but DRC is still on his rookie contract and is a small cap hit. VY came in on a one year incentive laden contract, which means another relatively small cap hit. Jenkins is only $4 million this year, and trading Bunkley made up for a lot of that. Babin was a good bargain as well. So, the Eagles have made quite a splash in free agency, but they had plenty of cap room to do it, and they didn't break the bank for most of the acquisitions. In the end, they've fixed their two biggest areas of need (pass rush and secondary), and they did it in a way that doesn't sacrifice their future. For the most part, this is a sustainable roster for the Eagles. The only real issue that will come up is when it comes time to sign DRC to an extension, and his contract runs through next season.

The other thing I think a lot of people keep overlooking is the fact that under the new CBA, you have to to spend at least 90% of the total salary cap space. So the Eagles had to spend some cash just to get to the salary cap floor.

 
July 31, 2011  09:21 AM ET
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You will be soft up the middle...No Linebackers, no Safeties, Philly has one of the top FO in the league...they can not be done. You did not sign any of your free agents, and need to fill out your roster...You need to get a linebacker or Safety for Samuel, and you would be in much better shape.Plus you need some size in your DL, they are all lite in the ****, the same problem you had last year.

Safety should be okay. They have last year's rookie Nate Allen. And drafted another safety in the 2nd round (Jaiquawn Jarrett) of the 2011 draft.

And they've ignored their "needs" at linebacker for the entire Andy Reid era. That's nothing new.

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