After winning the Super Bowl, what are the most pressing needs for the Philadelphia Eagles heading into the 2018 NFL offseason?
Planning for the Eagles offseason is like trying to buy a gift for that person who has enough money to buy whatever they want, so they already have everything.
What do you get them?
Philadelphia rode the best roster in football to a Super Bowl, a unit that was so good top to bottom, it could afford to lose the MVP front-runner and still take down the defending NFC champions, the best third-down defense ever, and those boys in Boston … I forget their names.
Howie Roseman adeptly navigated player acquisition since he re-took control of the franchise, but after winning the title, now really are the person who has everything.
But it came at a price.
With the cap projected to hit around $178 million, the Eagles are nearly $10 million over the cap before they even attempt to sign key cogs like Nigel Bradham, Patrick Robinson, Beau Allen, Darren Sproles, or LeGarette Blount.
It’s worth the cost when what you bought is a shiny piece of diamond encrusted jewelry and a place in history. That said, the Eagles organization now face difficult decisions about the future of this team, what it will look like, and who will be a part of #TheProcess moving forward.
Here are five needs they have heading into this post-Super Bowl offseason starting with the most pressing.
Coming off his best season as a pro Patrick Robinson could command $6 or $7 million on the open market and without clearing significant space to re-sign him, the Eagles will lose one of their top three cornerbacks in the rotation.
This is from a defense that Tom Brady set ablaze in Minneapolis and though they finished as a top-10 passing defense, this is where Philly could most stand to improve.
To defend their title, they’ll have to face Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, and a loaded group of NFC offenses.
They fortified the pass rush by taking Derek Barnett in the first round last year, a move that could mitigate a talent outflow at cornerback, but without any Day 2 picks, the Eagles have to nail their first-rounder, or better yet, trade down and add a third rounder for their troubles.
In a deep cornerback class, they could get a starting level corner at 32 or even the 40-45 range.