The Eagles have been relatively quiet this offseason with their plans for the future like most NFL teams are until after the draft. The Eagles decided to be different than other NFL team, just like they have been since being under the leadership of Chip Kelly. They decided not to wait until the draft to start shaking things up and making fans emotional.
The Eagles first move was to release offensive lineman Todd Herramans. This was definitely a tough release for the higher-ups in the Eagles organization as Herramans was the longest tenured player on the Eagles roster. Although Herramans was injured for a little bit this past season, he was a part of the Eagles athletic offensive line. This isn’t huge, but it is nothing to sneeze at as the Eagles need to find another quality guard to fill in his spot. Good luck to the Toddfather on wherever he lands in the NFL.
Then on March 2nd, the Eagles added some much-needed linebacker depth in Brad Jones. Jones signed a 2-year contract with the Eagles. Jones was a seventh-round pick in the 2009 draft, made 36 starts in 76 appearances, made 10 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 6 passes defended, and 186 tackles in his 6 year tenure with the Green Bay Packers. Just like the Herramans move, this doesn’t seem like a big move but it is due to fellow linebackers Demeco Ryans coming off of a torn Achilles and Casey Matthews being a free agent. This is a smart move to add depth to the linebacking core.
On March 3rd, the Eagles released both linebacker Trent Cole and cornerback Cary Williams. Cole has been on the Eagles for 10 years and is a 32 year old veteran. The reason for this release is due to Cole and the Eagles not being able to agree on restructuring Cole’s deal for Cole to receive more money. The Eagles also releases cornback Cary Williams on March 3rd. The release comes a year before Williams’ 3 year contract was set to expire. It seemed clear that the Eagles were ready to get rid of him after this season as his play wasn’t up to the standard he was held at when he came in. The only good thing I can say about Cary Williams is that he was durable through he 2 years in Philly as he started 32 games for the Eagles.
These moves are just the beginning of what is expected to be a crazy offseason for the Eagles. With Chip Kelly in charge as head coach and as the head of the player personnel department, the Eagles team we know now will be very different come opening kickoff of this upcoming season.
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