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Joegrane
This article presents the view that we've previously discussed.
http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/howie-ro...back-stability/

"In the aftermath of their bitter divorce with Chip Kelly, and in the shambles of what became a lost 2015 season, the Philadelphia Eagles knew they had to rebuild on multiple levels.

"...made a decision to re-invest deeply in what remained of their young core, extending those players far into the future.

"GROW YOUR OWN, SIGN THEM, EXTEND THEM."-- Howie Roseman

So far the extension of L Johnson is not going well but he still could be solid over the long term.

However I still think they had to spend the $ to keep the ship from sinking. That did not happen after Buddy Ryan was fired and they lost their Pro Bowl players.

Unfortunately overpaying may keep them from building a team that can go deep in the playoffs--unless some of them become Pro Bowl players.
Dreagon
QUOTE (Joegrane @ Aug 24 2016, 04:21 PM) *
Unfortunately overpaying may keep them from building a team that can go deep in the playoffs--unless some of them become Pro Bowl players.



It just means you are behooved to draft well so you can fortify those high priced players with good first contract players. Then, if you draft well, you have window of time where you have the best of both worlds before deciding whether to hang on to the high price guys or the newer talent.
Rick
QUOTE (Dreagon @ Aug 24 2016, 07:09 PM) *
It just means you are behooved to draft well so you can fortify those high priced players with good first contract players. Then, if you draft well, you have window of time where you have the best of both worlds before deciding whether to hang on to the high price guys or the newer talent.

Well, since we traded away a bunch of high picks, we have to hope the guys on the roster can develop. If the WRs get better, and the offensive line steps up and gets better, it can be a dangerous team offensively (assuming either Bradford or Wentz turn into a good/very good QB). The defense should be vastly improved but still a few things to do to get better on that side of the ball.

Not expecting this all to happen this season--or even next--but we'll know a lot this season about the WR core and (at least) Bradford as well as the direction the defense is going.
Joegrane
Generally I agree with you; however I also agree with Rick in the specific case of the Eagles. Because of Wentz they won't have the picks to easily find impact players.

Furthermore the Eagles will likely loose several ProBowl caliber players in the next couple of years--Sproles, Peters, Barwin and Jenkins is on the downside of his career. They still have not replaced the above average DJax and Maclin at WR.

If Hicks, B Brooks, Ertz, V Curry, L Johnson and Wentz establish themselves as above average players, they might be okay as a playoff contender, but I think they have a long way to go to becoming a playoff team. They are going to need to hit on a couple of lower round picks to overachieve--Vaitai, a young CB, Smallwood or Barner.


QUOTE (Dreagon) It just means you are behooved to draft well so you can fortify those high priced players with good first contract players. Then, if you draft well, you have window of time where you have the best of both worlds before deciding whether to hang on to the high price guys or the newer talent.

QUOTE (Joegrane @ Aug 24 2016, 04:21 PM) *
Unfortunately overpaying may keep them from building a team that can go deep in the playoffs--unless some of them become Pro Bowl players.
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