3. NO SURPRISE RELEASES!
Lesean McCoy had a bad year and still had the second most rushing yards in one year of his career, just saying. Plus, he is a good guy in the locker room, not involved in any bullcrap, wants to get better, willing to restructure his deal to save the players I listed above(and beneath). #KeepShady
DB - Yes defensive back. Not just CB, not just S, the Eagles need both, badly. At least half of this defensive backfield needs to be fixed in some way. I said earlier I dont mind Nate Allen coming back, but that's off the bench. Luckily both free agency and the draft are filled with good safeties and cornerbacks.
As for safeties, this is the route I'd much rather them go in signing someone. Why? Let me tell you a little name of a guy who is a beast! His name is Devin McCourty. The Pats couldn't possibly let him go, right? Well, that all depends on how much they want to keep Revis. However, if McCourty DOES
make the market, this should be the guy they go after, in my honest opinion. Yes, he will make just as much as Jairus Byrd last year and Kareem Jackson this year. However, unlike Kareem Jackson and Jairus Byrd, he can play both positions, much like Malcolm Jenkins, but better. The signing of McCourty opens up what you can do with the defense quite a bit more, in the rest of free agency and in the draft. They could also go with a guy like Rahim Moore as well, who has a great story behind him, thing is that doesnt mean they still cant sign McCourty, but at least they have the secondary figured out for the mean time; which is the first time they can say since what, 2007?
As far as OLB goes there's a great player in Vic Beasley, who I've seen go as early as 7 and as late as 27 in mock drafts. So once again it is hard to tell where he's going to go. As I stated before, Marcus Smith is a mystery at this point(not saying he wont become better but he just didn't impress at all), Brandon Graham might be gone and Trent Cole is getting older. So it might be a smart idea to take someone. They would also be a good idea because you get someone who fits the system a lot better than anyone else not named Connor Barwin, does right now.
OL - As far as depth goes, the Eagles showed they can hold it up pretty well if they lose their starters. The problem is, 3 out of 5 of them are over 30. If the Cowboys showed us anything this year, it's that there is nothing wrong with not going with the sexy pick. Maybe they wont have to.
The draft once again has a player that's been all over mock drafts, Cedric Ogbuehi. I guess he had a down year because he was arguably a top 5 pick last year. Ogbuehi is a tackle but it wouldnt be bad to have him learn from Jason Peters and then take over once he retires. Andrus Peat and TJ Clemmings are other choices at tackle, with AJ Cann as a guard. I think the Eagles could have all their offensive linemen come back next year, maybe they get ANOTHER year after that as well. However, sometime in the near future, the Eagles will need to get younger at the offensive line, especially in Chip's offense.
WR - The Eagles don't necessarily need a wide receiver at all. I honestly just wanted to mention how AWESOME all the possibilities are at the WR position, if they become available. The Eagles will probably resign Jeremy Maclin, as I mentioned earlier, they will probably only have Coop on the team another year, if he keeps on wasting opportunities. Jordan Matthews is a work horse and Josh Huff is going to grow a lot in year 2. Chip has mentioned he likes to upgrade every position he can and there are a lot of players that can upgrade the wide receiver position/could use a wide receiver.
OH MY GOODNESS SO MANY GOOD WIDE RECEIVERS!!!!! Look at this list! LOOK AT IT!!! Amari Cooper, Devante Parker, Kevin White, Devin Funchess, Sammie Coates, Dorial Green-Beckham and last but not least Jaelen Strong. All are wide receivers with size and speed. I could definitely see. I
could see Chip going for another receiver in the top 3 rounds, despite needing players on defense. Amari Cooper will be gone but there still will be plenty of good players. If Nick Foles is going to be the QB he's going to need even more weapons than he already does. Devante Parker is really good but could use some work on getting both feet in on TD catches. Kevin White seems like the most likely guy to make it to their pick at 20 and at 6'3'' and being fast as he is, he kind of reminds me of Demaryius Thomas in a way. Devin Funchess and Jaelen Strong will most likely make it to their second pick and man would they fit....both at least 6'4''. Funchess being a TE/WR hybrid, makes him a huge fit for the Eagles. So what the Eagles couldn't draft Odell last year? Why not get a guy with the same last name this year? Green-Beckham hmmmm Odell is blue Dorial couuld be green, eagles colors are green.....sounds like a match. Of course, I dont think Dorial will become one of the best wide receivers over night like Odell did. However, he is 6'6'' and very fast as well.
WISH LIST -
It's LA LA LAND time guys, here's where I write some looney crazy crap that will never happen and doesn't even sound plausible. Marcus Mariota is the man. He's the best QB prospect since Andrew Luck. People pray to Marcus Mariota at night for half the skills of his pinky. People write lists of presents for Marcus Mariota to bring them on his birthday, December 25th. Marcus Mariota is Santa and Jesus put together! He's Saint Nickachrist!! His name is Marcus Mariota(FightClub chant). Alright its not all that...but I do like Marcus Mariota.
So, the way I would like them to go this offseason is resign Maclin, Allen and Matthews(I know crazy right?). I think they should extend Fletcher Cox and Mychal Kendricks, for sure. Vinny Curry and Brandon Boykin would be cool to sure up, as well. Not too bad so far right?
THEN IN FREE AGENCY!!! They sign Devin McCourty, then Byron Maxwell, then the Broncos were as dumb as the Eagles last year and Eagles pick him up. Somehow the Eagles still have money because they've been cheap forever and boom DRAFT TIME COMES! Marcus Mariota slides to the teens! Eagles trade up! Draft him! AND WHO CARES WHAT ELSE!?!??! THEY GOT MARCUS SANTEESUS!!! AND THEN GO TO THE SUPER BOWL! AND BEAT THE COWBOYS!! YOU KNOW WHY?!?!? BECAUSE THE REST OF THIS WASNT IMPOSSIBLE ENOUGH!! THATS WHY! lol
Okay, now that that's over.....I really do think it is realistic that MM slides a bit, but it depends on a couple things. That being said, my much more realistic hopes are that they resign Maclin as I stated before, Cox and Kendricks extended, sign Iupati and maybe McCourty or Maxwell. In the draft theres a couple things. I'd say stay at 20 and draft Kevin White, Benardrick McKinney or Vic Beasley in the first round. Whatever else happens, happens.
Thats it guys. Im done, man, that was a lot. Hope you enjoyed, see you next time. I'll be writing a lot more this month, I think, but it wont have to do with the Eagles until draft time actually comes. Then again if this gets a lot of love I will most likely have to, so if you enjoy it I'll write more about them. Until then guys!