The Eagles are in a transition right now as they will enter the offseason under new leadership with the hiring of Chip Kelly. It remains to be seen how much influence Chip will have but I hope Howie will defer a lot of the personal decisions to Kelly. There are still a lot of factors that will contribute to the shaping of the 2013 Eagles team.
As of today, we still don’t know Kelly’s intentions at QB or if he will switch the defense to a 3-4. Yesterday I looked at how the current roster projects to the 3-4. So for now, I am going to assume they make the switch as I give my first Mock Off Season.
Eagles Current Projected Cap room: -16.2 Million
Projected Rollover from 2012 Cap: 19 Million
Projected Cap Room before Cuts: 2.8 million
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Pre Free Agent Moves
Nnamdi Asomugha: 11.3 million
Demetrius Bell: 9.7 million
Mike Patterson: 4 million
Total Savings: 21 million
Michael Vick: New Cap Number $6 million (10.9 million savings)
Mike Patterson: New Cap number $2 million (2 million savings)
Total Savings: 12.9 Million
Projected New Cap Room: $36.7
Eagles Free Agents
LB Akeem Jordan
DE Daryl Tapp
OT King Dunlap
Restricted Free Agents
Colt Anderson: (Tendered and Signs “Original Round Tender”): $1.323 M
Unrestricted Free Agents
CB Dominique Rodgers Cromartie: 4 yrs 28 M
It may seem like a lot for a corner who has been consistent but he has the tools to be an elite player. This is a little less than 49ers corner got last year and I would expect DRC to have about the same value.
LS Jon Dorenbos: 3 yrs 2.4 M
Dorenbus is one of the best Long Snappers in the game. It is not easy to find such a consistent performer at a underappreciated postion.
DL: Derek Landri: 1 yr 3 M
I thnk Landri can succeed as a 3-4 DE. They may want to use this money to find someone with more experenice in the 3-4 but I like Landri
OL: Jake Scott: 1 yr .8M
Scott filled in nicely last season and gives them quality depth at a low cost.
Approximent Value Spent on own FA: 13 Million
Total Cap Room after signing own FA: 23.7 Million
Darius Byrd S: 5yr $40 Million
Bryd is clearly the best safety on the market and the Eagles are in need of some talent at the position. He is just 26 and coming off of an all pro selection in 2012. If the Bills don’t resign him or designate him there franchise player, the Eagles would be stupid not to go after him. This is best case scenerio as the Bills have already reportadly reached out to him. But an upgrade at Saftey is a top priroity.
Edit: I orginally had the Eagles sign Titans center Fernando Velcaso. But I later realized that he is a Retricted Free agent and he would cost the Eagles a draft pick if he is signed.
Cap Room after FA: $16.7M
My Pre Draft Roster
QB: Vick, Foles, Edwards
RB: McCoy: Brown, Lewis, Polk
WR: Jackson, Maclin, Avant, Cooper, Johnson
TE: Celek, Harbor
OL: Peters, Mathis, Kelce, Scott, Herremans, Watkins, Reynolds
DE: Cox, Landri, Thorton, Landri
OLB: Cole, Graham, Hunt, Curry
ILB Kendrick, Ryans, Chaney, Matthews, Rau
CB: DRC, Boykin, March, Hughes
S: Bryd, Allen, Coleman, Anderson
ST: Henrey, McBriar, Dorenbos
I would suspect that Kelly would rather build his team through the daft than via FA. Its hard to tell how much Chip Kelly will want to overhaul the roster. Some coaches come in and want to completly retool the team to bring in "their guys", but I don't think that has to be done with this team. Despite a dissapointing 2012 season the Eagles have a lot of talent on this roster. Check back as I will take my first look at the 2013 NFL Draft