After much thought, I have put together what I think is a very solid offseason plan for the Eagles. It is no too flashy, and I truly believe that it is very realistic and could easily happen. I would love to get your take on it, but I also invite you to create your own offseason plan. Please let me know what you think should be the master plan for this offseason, and what gives us the best chance at winning the Super Bowl next season.
*Franchise DeSean Jackson. After That, Trade Him. Look for the best possible deal, but don’t expect the stars and the moon. I think the best possible deal would be a mid-second-round pick, in 2012, and a fourth-round pick in 2013. The third-round pick can climb to a second-round pick, in 2013, with certain escalators.
*Re-Sign Our Own Free Agents:
*Make Good, Smart Trades:
*Trade WR DeSean Jackson to San Francisco for their 2012 2nd Round draft pick (#62 overall) and a 2013 4th Round draft pick (with an escalator to become a 3rd Round pick based on performance).
*Trade the 2nd Round draft pick we received from San Francisco (#62), our 4th Round draft pick (#99), and one of our 6 Round draft picks (#183) to Tampa Bay for their 2nd Round draft pick (#36).
*Trade CB Asante Samuel and one of our 4th Round draft picks (# 114) to Detroit for their 3rd Round draft pick (#86 overall).
*Trade OL Winston Justice to Carolina for their 6th Round pick (# 168 overall)
*Trade Jamaal Jackson to Indianapolis for their 6th Round pick (# 161 overall)
*Choose The Right Free Agents
*FB Marcel Reece-RFA (OAK) With Reece being a Restricted Free Agent, we are going to need to make a very significant offer to keep Oakland from matching it. Reece is a matchup nightmare, and would resemble that of former Eagle FB, Leonard Weaver. Reece is a great blocker, is an excellent receiver out of the backfield, and can pick up the short yardage on the ground that the Eagles struggle so mightily with. Look for a 3 year contract.
*BenJarvus Green-Ellis-UFA (NE) I like Dion Lewis a lot, and he is clearly the backup to Shady heading into 2012, however, we need depth. I like “The Law Firm” as a change-of-pace back; who can pick-up tough yards on short down, and who has a knack for reaching the endzone. He also has a solid foundation, as he comes from New England’s winning ways. Look for a 1-2 year contract.
*WR Robert Meachem-UFA (NO) In trading Jackson, we lose that great speed he brought to the WR position. Meachem is a very fast WR, himself, and I believe that a change in scenery would help him to begin to reach his true potential. I also think that he would make for an intriguing Kick/Punt Return option, even though he has not played the position since high school. Look for a 1-2 year contract.
*MLB Stephen Tulloch-UFA (DET) This is the “big splash” free agent that we must look to get this offseason. Tulloch has played his entire professional career behind a Wide 9 defensive scheme. He is a sure tackler, and he is the perfect fit for our MLB position. By all indications, Detroit is going to do everything they can to retain Tulloch, so we will have to invest heavily to obtain Tulloch. Look for a 5 year contract.
*SLB Manny Lawson-UFA (CIN) We could look to draft a SAM (Strongside Linebacker), but there doesn’t appear to be a truly NFL-ready player available in this draft. Lawson flourished in his first season as a 4-3 scheme Linebacker. Up until last season, Lawson played OLB in a 3-4 scheme, in San Francisco. Lawson was dominant in run support last year for the Bengals, which is exactly why the Eagles need to make a push to sign the Linebacker. Look for a 3 year contract.
*Recap Eagles Draft Selections (after trades)
1st Round (#15) -
2nd Round (#36) -
2nd Round (#46) -
2nd Round (#51) -
3rd Round (#77) -
3rd Round (#86) *Detroit trade -
5th Round (#145) -
6th Round (#161) *Indianapolis trade -
6th Round (#168) *Carolina trade -
6th Round (#176) -
6th Round (#190) -
*Draft These Players
1st Round (#15) - Michael Floyd-WR (Notre Dame)
2nd Round (#36) - Jerel Worthy-DT (Michigan State)
2nd Round (#46) - Vinny Curry-DE (Marshall)
2nd Round (#51) - Nick Foles-QB (Arizona)
3rd Round (#77) - Trumaine Johnson-CB (Montana)
3rd Round (#86) *Detroit trade - Ladarius Green-TE (La.-Lafayette)
5th Round (#145) - Brandon Lindsey-OLB (Pittsburgh)
6th Round (#161) *Indianapolis trade - Markus Zusevics-OT (Iowa)
6th Round (#168) *Carolina trade - Demario Davis-OLB/ILB (Arkansas State)
6th Round (#176) - Desmond Wynn-OG (Rutgers)
6th Round (#190) - Damien Jackson-FS (Mississippi)