The Philadelphia Eagles have experienced a whirlwind of an offseason. It was an expected outcome after general manager Howie Roseman put together a Super Bowl-worthy squad in 2022 with the aid of several expiring contracts. The Eagles have lost several difference-making contributors as a result but should remain confident in their ability to compete for Super Bowl LVIII.
I won’t minimize the departures. Javon Hargrave and his 11.0 sacks signed a lucrative contract with the San Francisco 49ers. The Eagles still have a bunch of sack artists on the roster, including Haason Reddick, Fletcher Cox, and Josh Sweat. Hargrave is a massive loss nonetheless. This position group will look quite different overall with late-season additions Ndamukong Suh and Linval Joseph also expected to depart. A sophomore jump from Jordan Davis would help.
Roseman did a terrific job retaining both James Bradberry and Darius Slay at cornerback. It was an unexpected outcome after both were expected to reach unrestricted free agency. Despite that victory, the secondary did suffer a blow when the league’s 2022 interceptions leader Chauncey Gardner-Johnson signed with the Detroit Lions. Fellow safety Marcus Epps also signed elsewhere, meaning the Eagles will have two new starters on the back end in 2023. One may be the ascending Reed Blankenship, but Roseman is tasked with finding outside solutions, too.
The other big position group that will need addressing is guard. Breakout starting right guard Isaac Seumalo was excellent in 2022 and was rewarded with a three-year contract worth $24 million by the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was a reasonable contract for an above-average starter, and it’s a shame the Eagles couldn’t fit Seumalo into their financial plans. Landon Dickerson will return to start at left guard, but finding a Seuamlo replacement is a necessity.
Change is also coming at linebacker. Kyzir White and T.J. Edwards priced themselves outside of Philadelphia’s comfort zone. White and Edwards combined to play nearly 1,900 defensive snaps in 2022. They’ll be missed. Roseman has already signed an intriguing stopgap in Nicholas Morrow. The Eagles have done well with Morrow’s types lately.
Running back Miles Sanders also signed with the Carolina Panthers. Sanders led the Eagles in rushing with 1,269 yards. Roseman responded by signing Rashaad Penny, but it feels like additional acquisitions are required.
The majority of the positions the Eagles have new-found holes at have something in common. Guard, safety, running back, and linebacker aren’t considered premium positions by today’s decision-makers. Roseman should manage to address the positions via upcoming waves of free agency and through the 2023 NFL Draft.
The Eagles are loaded with premium draft capital. Roseman is equipped with two first-round selections, including the 10th overall pick as a result of an extremely savvy trade with the New Orleans Saints. Owning the No. 10 overall selection is a luxury for an Eagles team that nearly captured Super Bowl LVII. Bijan Robinson, Bryan Bresee, Peter Skoronski, and Brian Branch are potential targets that would fill a need.
Roseman possesses four top-100 selections overall. Flexibility to maneuver the draft board is present should Roseman feel inclined. Roseman should draft immediate contributors with his capital, particularly at guard, running back, and safety.
Other than Hargrave, Philadelphia is well-positioned to absorb several of their offseason losses. A high-level nucleus remains in place. Jalen Hurts is an MVP-worthy quarterback with receivers like A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith at his disposal. On the offensive line, continuity is present through Jordan Mailata, Lane Johnson, and veteran leader Jason Kelce, who signed a new one-year contract.
Writing off the Eagles would be foolish. Roseman’s retooled roster will be Super Bowl contenders again in 2023.
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