Eagles

Eagles Stay or Go

The Eagles offseason will be shaped by the choices they make with their impending free agents. Franchise altering choices will have to made in regards to which players they re-sign or let walk into free agency.

My verdict on every Eagles free agent. Stay or Go:

Nigel Bradham

Bradham is different from the other free agents, the reason being that his contract has a team option for the 2020 season. The Eagles have the option to pick up the 2020 season for Bradham, or they can decline and he will become a free agent. Bradham isn’t the same player he was when he arrived in Philly in 2016. His play has been in steady decline, not to mention his bout with injuries this past season. With the linebacker room being thin of talent, the Eagles decision on Bradham will be a hard one.

Verdict: GoThe Eagles like what they have in young LBs Nate Gerry, Duke Riley, and TJ Edwards.

Rodney McLeod

Rodeny McLeod quickly became a fan favorite after signing in 2016. His style of play along with his personality off the field makes him lovable and apart of the new culture under Doug Pederson. McLeod will be 30 when the 2020 season starts. 2019 was in no way a career year for McLeod, but he had a very solid 8th season. The Eagles decision on Rodney will be rooted in how new defensive backs coach Marquand Manuel values him going into next season. With the struggles in the secondary since Howie has been in command, the Eagles may make the secondary a huge priority this offseason.

Verdict: StayThe Eagles decide the economic choice is to bring McLeod back on a team friendly deal.

Jordan Howard

The Eagles plan heading into 2019 was to have a true backfield by committee with Jordan Howard, Darren Sproles, and Miles Sanders sharing the touches. After a mild start, it looked like Howard was the lead guy heading into week 9 against his former team the Chicago Bears. In that game, Howard suffered an injured shoulder. He would go on to miss the majority of the season. In his absence, rookie RB Miles Sanders exploded as the Eagles lead playmaker out of the backfield. Because of the emergence of Sanders, Howards status with the Eagles will be solely dependent on his contract demands. A backfield of Sanders, Scott, and Howard would be lethal.

Verdict: GoJordan Howard decides to take a larger role on a new team.

Jason Peters

“The Bodyguard” is an Eagles legend, and will be a first ballot Hall of Famer when his time comes. Until then, the Eagles have a very important choice to make. Jason Peters or 2019 first round draft pick Andre Dillard. I believe the Eagles and most fans expected this to be Peters final season in midnight green. After the loss to the Seahawks, Peters expressed a desire to play for the Eagles in 2020. Whatever decision the Eagles and Peters make will be a win-win in my opinion.

Verdict: StayPeters elects to play in 2020 and accepts a team friendly deal to aid the Eagles in chasing another title.

Nelson Agholor

From the day he was drafted by Chip Kelly in 2015, Nelsons time in Philly has been rocky to say the least. Every fan has their opinion on Agholor and his inconsistent play over his 5 seasons as an Eagle. Fans tensions with the USC product reached a fever pitch this season after many instances of dropped passes and lack of effort. Nelson has all the talent to be successful in the NFL and I truly believe wherever he ends up he will flourish.

Verdict: GoIt’s time for the Eagles and Nelson to part ways.

Ronald Darby

Darbys rookie year in 2015 had many believing we struck gold when the Eagles traded for him during the preseason in 2017. Darby’s time in Philly could be summed up in two words: inconsistent and disappointing. Darby struggled with injuries and up and down play his past two seasons. With the Eagles set to revamp the secondary, expect the decision on Darby to be an easy one.

Verdict: GoThe Eagles pass on offering Darby a contract.

Tim Jernigan

One of my favorite players of the Doug Pederson era. Jernigan adds swagger to the defensive line. Coming out of Florida State, Timmy was expected to be one of the better pass rushing defensive tackles in the NFL. His arrival in Philly was met with excitement that we would unlock all of his potential. Part of the 2017 Super Bowl team, Jernigan has been a familiar face on the injury report. With Malik Jackson coming back from injury and the emergence of Anthony Rush, Timmy’s future with the Eagles is iffy.

Verdict: StaysJernigan tests free agency with no real offers. The Eagles extend a one year offer close to training camp and Jernigan returns.

Jalen Mills

Although Mills isnt a top corner, his intangibles make him a valuable player. Drafted in the 7th round of the 2016, Mills embraced his chance in Philly by becoming the “Green Goblin.” His bright green hair and swagger make him a true fan favorite. Jalen plays a brand of football that can be appreciated in Philly. High energy, tough, next play mentality embodies what it means to be a Philadelphia athlete, and Jalen has all of those traits. His play on the field is where the hesitation comes into play. Like I mentioned with Rodney McLeod and Ronald Darby, the Eagles will focus a lot of assets in an effort to collect talent and speed in the secondary this offseason. Because of that, every member of the current secondary is eligible to be moved. If I could choose one of our free agents to keep it would be Mills.

Verdict: StayJalen reaches free agency and the Eagles wait for him to field offers and are able to reach an agreement to keep him in Philly long-term.

Kamu Grugier-Hill

The Hawaii native had a very weird 2019 season. His battle with injuries was an adventure in itself. With the Eagles moving on from guys like LJ Fort and Zach Brown, it was prime opportunity for the KGH to get starter snaps and cement himself in the rotation. A captain because of his skills on special teams make Kamu a valuable player. Finishing the year on injured reserve will only reduce his chances of returning.

Verdict: GoKamu tests the market and gets offers from other teams, the Eagles move on.

Halapoulivaati Vaitai

The ultimate swing-tackle/guard. Vaitai’s value is in his versatility. He has time in time again bailed the Eagles out when it came to injuries across the line during his time in Philly. From playing left tackle in the Super Bowl in 2017, to being able to replace Lane Johnson and Brandon Brooks on the right side. Vaitai will most likely command starter money elsewhere this offseason, making it extremely difficult for the Eagles to resign their top backup lineman.

Verdict: GoBig V wants an opportunity to start, taking a contract elsewhere.

Vinny Curry

The New Jersey native spent his second stint with the Eagles filling a rotational role at defensive end. The verdict on Curry was that he made no impact in his 8th year. I disagree, although the high sack numbers werent there, Curry was able to notch 5 and be a consistent force in pass rush and run stuffing duties. Vinny will be 32 before training camp, that coupled with the emergence of Josh Sweat and young players like Shareef Miller and Genard Avery, the Eagles may be ready to move on from Curry again.

Verdict: StayCurry will spend his offseason looking for a new home before coming back to the Eagles after they are unable to add depth in free agency and the draft.

Corey Clement

The Super Bowl 52 hero has not been the same player since. Finishing his past two years on the injured reserve list, Clement will have a hard time making any roster next season. His talent is undeniable and was once considered a candidate to takeover the Eagles backfield in the future. The running back room is getting crowded with young talent and his injury concerns make it harder for the Eagles to retain him.

Verdict: GoClement spends majority of his offseason waiting for teams to call. Signs elsewhere.

Cameron Johnston

The Australian native has quickly become one of the leagues best field position weapons. Johnston has consistently allowed the Eagles struggling offense to remain in games due to his ability to pin other offenses deep in their territory. Teams like the Eagles who value special teams elevate the need for a good punter.

Verdict: StayI expect this to be one of the Eagles first signings this offseason.

Nate Sudfeld

Coming into the 2019 season it seemed like Sudfeld was the clear cut backup to QB Carson Wentz. Due to a wrist injury early in the preseason, the Eagles were forced to make the call to journeyman and now legend Josh McCown. McCown came in as the clear number two, relegating Sudfeld to the third spot. Nate spent majority of his season inactive for games. I believe the Eagles coaching staff has soured on him and look to move in a new direction going forward.

Verdict: GoSudfeld goes to another team as the backup.

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