Phase 1 – Pre Free Agency
Jason Peters (Cap Savings – $9,700,000)
Peters has been the greatest offensive lineman in Eagles history; however, he’s getting older and has a huge cap number for this years. I doubt he’ll take less money to stay with the Eagles. If Peters isn’t going to be here long term, we may as well start getting continuity with the new line.
Connor Barwin (Cap Savings – $7,750,000)
Initially, I thought the Eagles might be able to trade Barwin, but it now seems that they will have to release him. Every team in the NFL knows he doesn’t fit in a 4-3 scheme. Releasing Barwin will only cost the Eagles $600,000 in dead money.
Ryan Mathews (Cap Savings – $4,000,000)
Mathews has a lot of talent, but, unfortunately, he’s unreliable and inconsistent. It’s doubtful the Eagles will bring him back after his latest neck injury. Keeping him on the roster is a $5,000,000 cap hit. Releasing Mathews only costs the Eagles $1,000,000 in dead money.
Leodis McKelvin (Cap Savings – $3,200,000)
McKelvin played hard; however, he was limited all season with a nagging hamstring injury. McKelvin has had injury issues the past few seasons. The Eagles should move on, given the cap savings.
Ron Brooks (Cap Savings – $2,100,000)
After sustaining a sad injury this season, Brooks may never play football again. I don’t expect we’ll see him back with the Eagles next season.
Matt Tobin (Cap Savings – $900,000)
Dallas Thomas (Cap Savings – $775,000)
Dwayne Gratz (Cap Savings – $775,000)
Taylor Hart (Cap Savings – $690,000)
CJ Smith (Cap Savings – $540,000)
Aaron Grymes (Cap Savings – $540,000)
Byron Marshall (Cap Savings – $540,000)
Bryce Treggs (Cap Savings – $540,000)
Paul Turner (Cap Savings – $540,000)
Alex McCalister (Cap Savings – $482,842)
Jason Kelce traded to San Francisco for Torrey Smith
Kelce has had an up-and-down season this year; however, with a change in blocking scheme, he doesn’t really fit. The Eagles are running more power- and less zone-blocking than they did under Chip Kelly. Kelce has size limitations, which limits his effectiveness at times. The Eagles would be best served by moving on and taking advantage of a potentially strong market for Kelce. Bringing a veteran receiver back in the deal could only help.
Trey Burton – 2nd round RFA Tender (Cap Spending – $2,553,000)
Burton, a new favorite target for Carson Wentz, is also a key special-teams player. Burton is part of the team’s core, even though he doesn’t get a lot of publicity.
Cap Savings – $31,531,440.00
Cap Space – $38,173,789.00
Phase 2 – Free Agency
Matt Kalil | OT | Minnesota | 6’7” | 295
4-year | $20M Contract
Kalil was the number four overall pick in 2012 and thus far in his career hasn’t played up to that level. Kalil’s career could benefit from a move to right tackle. The Eagles have always liked to target former high draft picks, and Kalil would instantly help at tackle after moving on from Jason Peters. Kalil missed a majority of this season with a hip injury, but will be a less expensive signing for the Eagles that could pay dividends.
Kamar Aiken | WR | Baltimore | 6’2” | 215
3-year | $15M Contract
Aiken has been stuck on the Baltimore depth chart behind Mike Wallace and Steve Smith, but has produced when called upon. Aiken has good hands and is a very good route runner. Aiken would be an instant upgrade over the current Eagles receiving corp and could provide veteran leadership to help some of the younger receivers develop.
DJ Hayden | CB | Oakland | 5’11” | 190 | 26
2-year | $6.5M contract
Hayden was the twelfth overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft by the Raiders and hasn’t really lived up to that potential. Hayden only really started putting things together this past season before he was injured. At 26, there is still the potential that Hayden could put things together and become the player people invisioned when he was drafted. Hayden is a very good athlete and competitor which fits well in Jim Schwartz’s system. This would be a good low-risk high-reward signing for the Eagles.
Coty Sensabaugh | CB | NY Giants | 5’11” | 187 | 28
1-year | $1M Contract
Sensabaugh is another athletic corner, who could be a decent reserve for the Eagles.
Cap Spending – $24,250,000.00
Total Cap Space – $24,923,788.00
Phase 3 – NFL Draft
Round 1 – Marlon Humphrey | CB | Alabama | 6’1” | 195
NFL Comp: Jalen Ramsey
Humphrey is one of the best athletes in this entire draft having also run hurdles at Alabama. Humphrey is the quick twitch, aggressive corner that Jim Schwartz values, displaying great fluidity and transition. Humphrey is at his best in press coverage and is a great tackler in run support. Humphrey is a prototype height/weight/speed prospect at the corner position. There are some minor technique issues that need to be ironed out, but Humphrey would come in and be a starter and upgrade at corner.
Round 2 – Dion Dawkins | G/T | Temple | 6’4” | 317
NFL Comp: La’el Collins
Dawkins started at Left Tackle for Temple; however, will have to either play guard or right tackle in the NFL. With the Eagles, he would be best suited to play guard, but his position versatility is something the Eagles have always valued. Dawkins sports a great frame for the position and heavy hands that keep opposing pass rushers from getting close to his body. Dawkins also has adequate athleticism to get to the second level in the blocking scheme.
Round 3 – Fabian Moreau | CB | UCLA | 6’0” | 194
NFL Comp: Vontae Davis
Moreau has risen up draft boards this offseason after a strong showing at the East-West Shrine game. Moreau is a good height/weight/speed prospect with refined technique. Moreau has good ball skills with two interceptions and eight passes defended. The combine hasn’t happened yet; however, rumor has it Moreau will run a 4.39, which is more than adequate for an outside corner. Going with two corners early would give the Eagles much needed help in the secondary.
Round 4 – Kareem Hunt | RB | Toledo | 5’10” | 207
NFL Comp: Frank Gore
Hunt may not be the fastest running back in this year’s draft; however, he creates long runs with his vision and aggressive running style. Hunt runs with excellent balance and a low pad level which enables him to get yards after initial contact. With good vision, Hunt gets skinny through holes created by the offensive line. Hunt is a complete back, who is above average in pass protection and receiving out of the backfield. Hunt came into the senior bowl a little light and probably lost weight for the combine, but he should play in the 215-225 level during the season.
Round 5 (CLE) – Derek Rivers | DE | Youngstown State | 6’4” | 250
NFL Comp: DeMarcus Lawrence
Rivers is a small school prospect that the Eagles interviewed at this year’s senior bowl. With a good frame and quickness, Rivers is a good fit for the Eagles wide-9 scheme. Rivers had two seasons at Youngstown State with 13 or more sacks and 17 or more tackles-for-loss. Both the Eagles and the Ravens draft players from the senior bowl at a higher rate then any other team and there is a clear pattern that the Eagles are trying to find pass rush help in this years draft, Rivers would be a good fit for the team.
Round 5 – Austin Calitro | LB | Villanova | 6’0” | 250
NFL Comp: Jerrell Freeman
Calitro has great size for a MIKE linebacker and good speed to run sideline-to-sideline. Calitro was a team captain for Villanova and in his senior year had 86 tackles, 11.5 tackles-for-loss, and 4.5 sacks. Calitro will have to develop a little, but is already good filling holes in the running game and is an instinctual player.
Round 6 – Kyle Fuller | C | Baylor | 6’4” | 304
NFL Comp: Jeremy Zuttah
Fuller is a versatile offensive lineman who can play center or guard. The Eagles will need to draft a player who could step in at center if needed.
Round 7 – Chunky Clements | DT | Illinois | 6’3” | 304
NFL Comp: Akeem Spence
It’s very likely that the Eagles will move on from Bennie Logan. Beau Allen can fill in; however, they need a defensive tackle in the rotation.
UDFA – Prescott Line | FB | Michigan State | 5’11” | 253
UDFA – Khalid Abdullah | RB | James Maddison | 5’10” | 220
53 Man Roster
QB – Carson Wentz, Chase Daniel
RB – Kareem Hunt, Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, Khalid Abdullah
FB – Prescott Line
WR –Torrey Smith, Kamar Aiken, Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor, Dorial Green-Beckham
TE – Zach Ertz, Brent Celek, Trey Burton
LT – Lane Johnson, Dillon Gordon
LG – Dion Dawkins, Allen Barbre
C – Isaac Seumalo, Kyle Fuller
RG – Brandon Brooks, Josh Andrews
RT – Matt Kalil, Halapoulivaati Vaitai
DE – Vinny Curry, Brandon Graham, Derek Rivers, Marcus Smith, Steven Means
DT – Fletcher Cox, Beau Allen, Destiny Vaeao, Chunky Clements
SAM – Nigel Bradham,
MIKE – Jordan Hicks, Joe Walker, Austin Calitro
WILL – Mychal Kendricks, Kamu Grugier-Hill
CB – Marlon Humphrey, Fabian Moreau, DJ Hayden, Jalen Mills, Coty Sensabuagh, Mitchell White
S – Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, Chris Maragos, Terrence Brooks
K – Caleb Sturgis
P – Donnie Jones
LS – Jon Dorenbos