Aggressive: 1. militantly forward or menacing. 2. making an all out effort to win or succeed; competitive. 3. vigorously energetic, especially in the use of initiative and forcefulness. 4. boldly assertive and pushy. 5. emphasizing maximum growth and capital gains over quality, security, and income.
They should also put a picture of Howie Roseman in the dictionary. When the Eagles FO announced that they were going to be "aggressive" at the start of free agency, most Eagles fans expected the usual signing of talent rookie free agents and a couple of solid players with a injury history. However, these past few days have been filled with surprise and cunning by our front office and in particular Howie Roseman. The signing of Jason Babin and the trading of Kolb were mere warm ups for the Eagles, as they began to bait for much bigger fish, accumulating in Nnamdi Asomugha, Cullen Jenkins, and Vince Young. And as Howie and Joe have been reeling in their prized fish, one thought scares Eagles fans. What about Desean Jackson and Michael Vick? Both key players needed for any success for the Eagles. The later is currently of a franchise tag that is valued close to 16 million and wants a long term deal with the team that revitalized his image and career. Jackson may not be a "top 5 receiver", but he is a big time receiver and the most dangerous player in the NFL today. Jackson is looking for a big time deal that is equal to his play and while he most certainly deserves it. The question becomes where is he valued compared to more traditional receivers in the NFL? Does he deserve a deal equal to Andre Johnson when he catches less than 50 balls a season? Does he make just as big a impact as Johnson? A deal the Eagles should consider giving Jackson is Jet receiver Santonio Holmes, who received a big payday during free agency.
Holmes' deal lasts five years, paying around 10 million per year and guarantee's 24 million of the 50 million. Both have similar vertical playing styles and both are big time play makers. Giving a deal as such would give Desean the deal that he is asking for and deserves. But the question becomes how do the Eagles accomplish this? Currently as of August 2nd, the Eagles have $3,819,925 to spare according to http://www.eaglescap.com/current.html. In order to do so, we will see many vets both new and old leave the Eagles for the next two years. Here are the names to consider over these next two years when JimmyK is writing his Bye articles. Note: This doesn't mean I want them gone, it means that their contracts could dictate them leaving.
Bye, Celek :(
Brent Celek is one of Andy's multitude of young weapons for this Eagles offense at the age of 26. However, Celek hasn't made a big impression 4 out of the 5 seasons with the Eagles. Other than his explosive 2009 season, Celek has only had 85 catches, 1,007 yards, and 6 TD's in these short four years. Also, in 2009 a rapport with Kevin Kolb and Donovan McNabb was formed and both quarterbacks are no longer with the Eagles. Celek has trouble with securing catches and isn't an amazing blocker. Vick and Celek seem to not have a similar rapport as Kolb and McNabb did with him. The Eagles have brought in heavy competition this year including vets Clay Harbor, an athletic pass catching TE, and Cornelius Ingram, a athletic pass catching TE that hasn't lived up to his college hype; As well as newcomers veteran Donald Lee, rookie Martell Webb, and rookie John Nalbone. Celek contract is hefty considering his production, he is scheduled to make over 2 million in cap value his season. While that doesn't seem like much, we could see Celek go because of cap value of over 3 million in 2012, over 4 million in 2013/2014/2015, and 5 million in 2016. He becomes increasingly easy to cut in 2012 and after with a hit of around 2 million in 2012, around 1 million in 2013, and no hit from 2014-2016. He could easily be traded to many TE needed teams or cut shortly unless big time production arises.
Bye, Winston :)
Andy's and the Eagles expectations of Justice have been sorely disappointed over his 6 seasons with the Eagles. He was intended to play LT coming out of college, allowing many sacks when he was put into action his rookie year. He lost his starting opportunity till RT Shawn Andrews was lost for the season. During 2009, he played extremely well and was one of our more consistent offensive linemen. However, in 2010 regressed back after Vick was named the starter and Justice became his blind side blocker. Along with playing poorly, he suffered a knee injury that cost his playing time is the Green Bay playoff game, which he wasn't doing so well in. His backup King Dunlap proved to be a quality backup, playing well enough to keep Vick protected. Now with recently acquired Ryan Harris, he is looking at being a backup again unless an injury occurs. Until then Justice doesn't deserve his hefty contract, which will be a cap value of over 3 million this season and grows to over 4.5 million in 2013. Justice becomes very easy to cut next season and with a cap hit of just under 2 million. If Harris becomes a big time player with the Eagles, it seals Justices fate with the Eagles.
Bye, Mike :)
7 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles have accumulated in 13 sacks for Mike Patterson. And no, he wasn't a 5th, 6th, 7th, or undrafted player. He was the Eagles 1st round pick in 2005. "But the Eagles ran a two gap system, it didn't allow him to show off his pass rushing talent that he had." While that may be true, the Eagles took both him and former Eagle Brodrick Bunkley off the field on 3rd downs and passing downs. If he was so talented, they why? And now with a newly installed 1 gap system how is he supposed to make an impact? As well as Antoino Dixon outperforming his undrafted status and Trevor Laws finally blossoming, the Eagles sign veteran Cullen Jenkins who is known for his pass rushing abilities. Jenkins was able to acquire 7 sacks last season. Not only is that hard for mist interior pass rushers, but he didn't play the full season and was in a 3-4 scheme that isn't conducive for the down linemen to get sacks. His contract numbers are as big as his belly; his cap value is over 3 million this season and continuously grows to over 6 million in 2016. The good news is he is very cheap to cut, the most expensive would be cutting him this year which is slightly over 1 million and can be no cap hit if the Eagles decide to cut him in 2013.
Bye, Jaqua :)
Parker is an obvious candidate and will likely not make the 53 man roster this season. He is 33 years old and is usually a too old under Andy's regime. Parker is very inconsistent, usually performing extremely well in the first three games of the season with 3-5 sacks and disappears completely for the rest of the season. To worsen his chances are young pass rushers like Darryl Tapp, Daniel Te'o-neshiem, Ricky Sapp, Philip Hunt, and Victor Abiarmiri. The Eagles yearly add new faces to the DL group and Parker's production can easily be replaced and gives a valuable roster spot to another player. Jaqua is on the last year of his deal, however over 4 million is not worth his production. The Eagles can save tons of money and cut him right now for $800,000.
Bye, Darryl :(
I find this a very interesting possibility. Because of all the young talent we bring in on the defensive line, a big year by Te'o or Sapp could really hurt his possibility of being an Eagle moving forward. He played well with the Eagles last year by making much needed plays rather than big time numbers and was a valuable rotation guy. However if Te'o and/or Sapp mature as players it makes it increasingly difficult to keep both Darryl Tapp and Jason Babin. Tapp makes over 3 million next season and could be cut for 1 million flat. If Babin proves to be more than a one year wonder with Jim Washburn as coach we could see Tapp go.
Bye, Joselio Hanson :(
He was not worth is contract extension in 2009, however he is one of the better slot corners in the league. Hanson could be the odd man out in Philly's All Pro secondary. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's and Nnamdi Asomugha's addition would push Hanson back to the fourth corner, however with many teams using 4-5 WR in offensive sets, he could really flourish if it weren't for two major factors. The first being the young prospects on the team: Tevard Lindley, Curtis Marsh, Gerald Lawson, and Jorrick Calvin. While Lawson and Calvin are long shots to make the roster, it's doubtful that the Eagles keep 6 CB's. Lindley proved his potential last year and its also doubtful the Eagles part with Marsh so soon, leaving Hanson the short stick. The second being his contract, given to him in 2009 as a 15 million contract extension after good play and the hope that he'd continue his play to the outside. His cap value is $2,235,000 this season, $3,255,000 in 2012, and $3,655,000 in 2013. It would cost the Eagles over 1 million in dead cash to cut him this year, but would be cheap in 2012 (950,000) and 2013 (455,000). He'd be a huge asset for the Eagles, however it's a question of how much room do the Eagles have.
Bye, Asante :,(
The Eagles should not let Asante Samuel go this season. Besides the fact that we currently have the best cornerback tandem in the history of the NFL with all three, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is not ready to take over completely for Samuel. Currently Asante is better than Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and will be for quite a while. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie suffers in tackling and is in-superior in off coverage and attacking the football for a inteception. Asante is the best arguably the best in the league in off coverage and baiting quarterbacks into INT's. Although he accounts for a majority of the Eagles cap, the Eagles won't flat out cut him this season or the next three seasons. The only way Samuel leaves a Midnight Green uniform is if the Eagles are wearing Kelly Green or the Eagles receive fair compensation via trade, which would be more than a 1st.
With the multiide of signings, it will be interesting to see if the Eagles can be cap savy as they once where. And let's not forget that Desean isn't the only Eagle that will need a deal fairly shortly. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Jeremy Maclin, and Lesean McCoy will all need to be resign very soon as well. Hopefully, if any Eagles leave, I can write a Bye, _____ :).