I am a fan of Howie Roseman. I thought it was terrible for the franchise when he was ousted for Chip Kelly and I turned out to be correct. I was also pleased when he was put back in power after Chip blew himself up. He has made some really quality moves, was able to get rid of some of Chip’s bad contracts, and somehow moved up to get a franchise quarterback. He’s also made some head scratching moves. No more ridiculous than the signing of Chase Daniel.
Shout out to Jimmy Kempski Philly Voice who wrote a post that alerted me to the story. Jason Fitzgerald of the OverTheCap.com ranked the worst 30 contracts in 2016 and the 3rd WORST was the decision to ink Chase Daniel.
I think I tried to justify this at some point using the logic that Sam Bradford was an injury risk, but $7 million a year for a guy who threw two passes the prior year and had zero track record is really impossible to justify. Once the Eagles made the move for Carson Wentz this just became a waste of cap room. The Eagles cut Daniel after deciding to bring back Nick Foles. The Eagles ended up paying Daniel $12 million for 1 pass. Right now they are hoping to recover an extra $900,000 of that, which is what the Saints were willing to pay Daniel to backup Drew Brees.
It was explained to me how important it was to sign Daniel so he could help guide Carson Wentz in his first NFL season. Blah Blah Blah. I’m sure Chase Daniel was a help to Wentz, but you don’t sign a (bad) backup for THAT much money. Just as Pederson was Donovan McNabb’s veteran helper, he also lasted just one season with the Eagles before they sent him packing. Hopefully Wentz can follow in McNabb’s footsteps and have a great career.
Also making the list was Vinny Curry, checking in with the 7th worst contract.
The Eagles made some supersized investments in their own last offseason but none was more surprising than this huge contract for Curry. Curry was a part time player under Chip Kelley and perhaps they expected that to change with a new coach, expect it didn’t. Curry only had 2.5 sacks and failed to even pass the 40% snap mark. For a healthy player he was one of the worst investments on a per snap basis.
I do have some confidence that Curry can bounce back in 2017, but still, at best he’s a role player. Getting to the quarterback is one of the most important skills in the NFL, but if you don’t produce, you risk being cut. 2017 will be a pivotable year for Curry and his Eagles future.