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Author: Jon Kuzma
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There wasn’t much hope for the Eagles after they lost their playoff game against the Saints in the divisional round. Philadelphia didn’t have much cap space to sign any free agents and there was a lot of holes they had to fill especially at the running back position. However Howie Roseman put on his hard hat and made sure he worked overtime to fix this team’s problems.
He started out by trading away Michael Bennett and clearing $15M dollars off their books. Then the team let Nick Foles walk and avoided paying a hefty price for a part-time player. Those two moves were crucial because it allowed Philly to maneuver a little bit. Right away Roseman used that flexibility to trade for former Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard. Which is a huge acquisition considering that Howard has averaged 1,123 rushing yards over his first three seasons in the National Football League. The Eagles know they have to keep Carson Wentz healthy and landing Howard goes a long way in ensuring that happens. Wentz won’t have to drop back as much with the running game becoming more of a priority. So that was a splash and then the team signed Malik Jackson in free agency to sure up their defense. Fletcher Cox and Jackson will be so tough to go against and that was the one addition that can keep this team competitive on that side of the ball. From there it was all about the NFL Draft and this front office put the icing on the cake by selecting Andre Dillard, Miles Sanders, and J.J Arcega-Whiteside. Walking away with those three players is a dream come true for just about any team in league. Oh yea by the way Philadelphia also brought back DeSean Jackson and that’s how you get out of jam and completely revamp a franchise that was heading in the wrong direction. It couldn’t have been easy but Roseman has been wheeling and dealing for the past three months.
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The Eagles should’ve plateaued this off-season but Howie Roseman’s hard work saved them.