Philadelphia Eagles must trim fat off roster this offseason
After back-to-back disappointing seasons the Philadelphia Eagles have plenty of questions to answer this offseason. From finding a new head coach, identifying a quarterback of the future and fixing a faltering defense, to say that the Eagles organization has their work cut out for them would be an understatement. But how is this possible? Don’t the Eagles possess a star-studded roster? That answer is yes, but here’s the problem. With big contracts come big expectations. The Philadelphia Eagles are full of big money contracts but for some reason or another, the players signing them just aren’t producing. Take a look.
Over the course of the last several years Eagles management and former head coach Andy Reid brought in talent after talent in hopes that they could assemble a Super Bowl contender. The team signed big name free agents like Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Michael Vick. The Eagles also re-signed high-priced players such as DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy, Brent Celek, Jason Babin and the aforementioned Vick to long-term deals. As everyone knows Babin was unexpectedly released during the season and the Eagles will likely give Vick his walking papers during the offseason. Vick is scheduled to make over 15 million dollars in 2013 if he remains with the Eagles while Babin was scheduled to make around six. Collectively those two moves will save the Eagles more than 30 million dollars over the course of the next three years. Unfortunately that still leaves big money tied up in players who likewise, just aren’t producing big.
Nnamdi Asomugha : Asomugha’s base salary in 2013 is slated to be $15.5 million. That’s a lot of money for 47 tackles, one interception and 12 passes defended. The Eagles will likely cut him as well prior to the start of the 2013 season.
LeSean McCoy: McCoy signed an extension last May for five years $43.5 million with $20.75 million guaranteed. He returned the favor by missing four games with a concussion. In the games he played, McCoy rushed for 840 yards, a career low two touchdowns and a career high four fumbles. Given the newness of his contract it’s unlikely that McCoy will be cut loose by the Eagles but with the late season emergence of Bryce Brown, don’t be surprised if his stats continue to diminish.
DeSean Jackson: After holding out in 2011 Jackson’s number dwindled with 56 receptions for 961 yards and four touchdowns. Despite the decline he was rewarded with a new contract prior to the 2012 season. It was a five-year deal worth $48.5 million with $18 million of it guaranteed. Jackson returned the Eagles favor by only playing in 11 games, recording a career low 45 receptions, 700 yards and two touchdowns.
Brent Celek: Toward the tail end of the 2009 season Celek signed a six-year $33 million dollar contract with $11 million guaranteed. That year he had 76 receptions for 971 yards and eight touchdowns and was well worth the money. This season in addition to numerous critical drops, Celek had 57 receptions for 684 yards and as many fumbles as he had touchdowns – one. His productivity was a far cry from the performance that earned him all that cash.
It’s surely to be an offseason of change in the city of Brotherly Love. It’s time for the Eagles to trim some of the fat from their overpriced, under productive roster. No one should be safe.
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