Everyone is invested in Carson Wentz. We, as a fanbase, are clearly invested in him — heavily. So much so, we’ve communally agreed to put all our collective hopes and dreams on his young shoulders. However, we’re only half the equation – the Eagles, as an organization, have placed their future squarely in Wentz’s hands. As Wentz goes, so go the Eagles. That’s a lot of pressure for a 24-year-old kid. Luckily the Eagles seem to be pulling out all the stops to help him achieve his potential. Bob Ford does a nice job detailing this here – but between hiring a quarterback guru, not allowing DeFilippo to bail, and a clear acknowledgment that they must give Wentz weapons, the team is not just entrusting their franchise to Carson, but they’re investing in him. And as Ford so ably notes, how the quarterback progresses over the next year will go a long way towards letting us know if he’ll be able to repay that investment. Personally, I’m optimistic he will for a number of reasons, including his poise, intelligence, physical abilities, and work ethic; either way, the fate of a franchise and its fanbase are in his hands. The Eagles believe in Carson Wentz. The fans believe in Wentz. We’re all invested in his success. Now it’s on Carson make our investment worthwhile. Fingers (and toes) crossed. Alright, with that in mind, let’s have some fun.
It’s cutting season. Or trading season. Or, potentially, restructuring season. Here’s Brandon Lee Gowton with a terrific breakdown of who may be celebrating each of those seasons. For the record, I won’t complain if every single player BLG mentions isn’t on the Eagles next season. That won’t happen, obviously. Just sayin.
One of the biggest ways the Eagles can help Wentz immediately is to improve the wide receiver position…duh. Here’s Zach Berman with an “exhaustive” preview of how the Eagles may attempt to achieve that this offseason.
We’ve already heard a bunch of free agent receivers “linked” to the Eagles in one form or another, the most notable of which is Alshon Jeffrey. Would it be surprising to see the Eagles go after the most expensive guy on the market? Well, actually yes, yes it would. That was my first gut instinct at least. But Vegas is smart, and Vegas makes me think it may be more likely than I’d initially thought. Fwiw, I’d be fine with them signing him. I know it’s a lot of money, but he’s only 27 and he’s a legitimate weapon. His history of soft tissue injuries scares me the most – PED suspension not ideal either – but paring him with Wentz for the foreseeable future makes it worth it to me. Plus, the Eagles have really struggled at evaluating wide receivers the last few years, at least we know Jeffrey can play.
In addition to free agency, we can also expect the Eagles to address the wide receiver need in the draft – but will it be in the first round? Mel Kiper thinks it just might.
As I said a couple days ago, I want the Eagles to trade up and get Leonard Fournette. I don’t think it will happen, but a guy can dream. Dalvin Cook however, is a much more reasonable target for the Birds, and he could be on the board when they select at 14 or 15. Which begs the question: Would the Eagles draft a running back with their first round pick? Jimmy Kempski addresses that very topic here.
Speaking of the draft, I’ve noticed a healthy amount of debate over whether the Eagles should consider O.J. Howard with their first pick. I don’t think it will be an issue, because I think he’ll be off the board by 14, but if he’s there, I’d absolutely pull the trigger. The Eagles need playmakers. Period. Howard is a playmaker. Here’s Ben Natan with more.
Remember that “why I’d sign Alshon” explanation from a few paragraphs ago? I’d like to add to it. I forgot to mention that Joe Douglas (spent last season working for the Bears) should have a pretty good idea who Alshon is – as both a player and a person – which makes me more confident in his ability to succeed here, should the Eagles (and Joe Douglas) be willing to buy in, literally and figuratively.
Lastly, ICYMI – which you probably didn’t – the Eagles raised ticket prices. And people were pissed. Here’s a hot take for you: I don’t care at all. Honestly, what did you expect? It’s a business. People will pay it – you can’t blame them for charging it. Not to mention, the Eagles haven’t raised prices since 2014, so it’s not like they’ve increased it year after year. Most importantly, if you have such a problem with them raising prices, there’s an easy effing solution — DON’T GO TO THE GAMES! Besides, the games are better on TV anyway. Sorry not sorry.
Alrighty, now that I’ve expended all of the “words” I have to offer, let’s end this shit with a (T)whimper. Grab a coke (or a beer) as we take a ride through the Twittersphere:
Jets & Jags declining to pick up options on Clady & Beachum indirectly strengthens Eagles efforts to get Peters to take a pay cut.
— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) February 16, 2017
Truth. Peters is the one guy on BLG’s list (from above) that I’d most like to keep – especially at a discounted price!
#Eagles ticket prices are being raised by an average of $7 next year. $7. Less than the price of a pack of smokes in NJ.
— EROCK (@TheMightyEROCK) February 15, 2017
Exactly. Tone it down with the outrage. If you want to get mad at billionaire owners about something, make it that they force taxpayers to build their effing stadiums. That’s actually worth some outrage. Raising ticket prices is simply part of the deal. Get over it and move on.
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) February 15, 2017
Speaking of a-hole billionaires having taxpayers pay for their stadiums…
— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) February 16, 2017
See? Turron gets it.
Any quarterback-needy teams want to give Vince Young a call? He’s interested in playing again https://t.co/Jsi5QrJwBK
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) February 15, 2017
Even the Browns are like “nah, we’re good.”
.@VinceYoung10‘s last NFL start came on Dec. 1, 2011 as a member of the Eagles. I’d still bet on him.
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) February 16, 2017
Dream Team. #NeverForget
— NFL (@NFL) February 15, 2017
Why??? Why would you want to do that to yourself? Wouldn’t you rather come play with the best ginger since…since…ever?
NBC News: Harrison Ford incident at CA airport; landed plane on taxiway not runway, buzzing American Airlines jet https://t.co/akH9msglVY
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 14, 2017
Hey Harrison, stop flying planes! Jfc, you’d think one “almost dying in a plane crash” would be enough for the guy. Smh.
Julian Edelman is comparing Jimmy Garoppolo to Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers:https://t.co/dua2wQRTD3
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 15, 2017
Settle down there, Julian. Reign it in just a bit (or a lot), fella.
— theScore (@theScore) February 16, 2017
Nope. No. No no no no NO! I can’t even…I’m out.