The Eagles have a lot of important decisions to make over the next few months. Once Howie and Lurie decide on a coach, they will have to start making decisions on the roster. They have 8 players who will become free agents on March 12th and countless others will likely be cap casualties. I will start by taking a look at the defense and decide, "Who stays and who goes.
After 3 consecutive All Pro and Pro Bowl honors. Nnamdi signed a 5 year deal with the Birds that made him one of the highest paid defensive players in football. He was signed to be a crucial member of the "dream team" and has been a nightmare for Eagles fans ever since! After the week 17 beating at the hands of the Giants, former Eagle made his feelings of Nnamdi's play very clear on CSNPhilly. Ike said, (I'm paraphrasing) there are certain things that make a player a great corner and Nnamdi has none of them! Ouch!
It's clear that he is not the player he was in Oakland and is arguably not even a starter in this league right now. If cut this offseason. The Eagles would save approximately $11.3 million on the cap. I could be convinced to keep him around if he restructures his contract and takes a significant pay cut. But I doubt he would. So bye bye Nnamdi and tell Izel Jenkins Philly said hi.
Last year, DRC earned a MVP and was clearly the best player on the field. Unfortunately for Eagles fans, this performance was at Shady's charity softball game over the summer. He carried that performance into training camp where everyone raved about the former Pro Bowler's play. But when the games counted he was very inconsistent and seemed uninterested in a weird thing called tackling.
He is a player who has all of the physical tools to be an elite corner in this league. The Eagles will have to make a decision this offseason as he becomes a free agent on March 12th. If Nnamdi is let go, failing to resign DRC would mean the team would have to acquire 2 starting corners this offseason. I say he stays as long as the price is right.
Like Nnamdi, Jenkins was signed in the free agent flurry that was the 2011 offseason. But the difference is Jenkins has actually performed on the field. He started off his Eagles career with a bang, recording 5 sacks in his first 5 games. But like the rest of the team his play has tailed off over the last season and a half. In his last 27 games, he's had just 4.5 sacks.
Sacks are not always an accurate measure of the sucess as a DT but Jenkins has made a living as a penetrating tackle who gets pressure on the QB. He agreed to restructure his contract after last season. But the Eagles would still save a reported $4 million on the cap in 2013 if they cut Jenkins. The one surplus the Eagles have is young and cheap tackles (Cox, Thorton, Dixon, Landri). The money saved by letting Jenkins go can be better spent on other more pressing areas. So Jenkins has to go.
*Derek Landri: stay (backup/depth)
Mike Patterson: great guy and great story but a $4 million cap savings means go.
*Darryl Tapp: go
DeMeco Ryans: stay
Jamar Chaney: stay (backup)
*Akeem Jordan: go
*Colt Anderson: stay (backup/special teams)
Nate Allen: stay (compete with Rookie for job/possibly cut in camp)
Kurt Coleman: stay/cut in camp (backup)
* denotes player is a free agent in 2013
Scott Glick- BLN