Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Eagles want to let the market come to them
By Dan Graziano
PHOENIX -- The reason the Philadelphia Eagles were active in the early days of free agency wasn't that they set out to be aggressive but rather that they found prices that pleasantly surprised them. So said GM Howie Roseman on Tuesday at the owners' meetings. Roseman cited cornerback Cary Williams and pass-rushing linebacker Connor Barwin as two of the players whose deals he felt were low-risk for the team, and he indicated that the approach would continue. Per Geoff Mosher:
The Eagles can still afford to upgrade their offensive line and find another five-technique defensive end for their 3-4 defensive scheme, but Roseman on Tuesday indicated that he’s not looking to spend on patchwork talent.
“Most importantly, I don’t see a circumstance where we get someone that we think is just a one-year guy,” he said from the Arizona Biltmore lobby at the NFL’s annual owners meetings. “Anything we do at this point would be someone who we think has a future as we build this program, because that’s where we are now.”
If they sign another big name, it likely would be one of the free-agent offensive tackles near the top of the market -- Cincinnati's Andre Smith or New England's Sebastian Vollmer. But since the top tackle, Jake Long, didn't sign until just a couple of days ago, that market has been slow to develop. If it develops in the Eagles' favor, Smith or Vollmer would fit the description of a longer-term solution (as opposed to Eric Winston, who likely would not). But the point Roseman seemed to be trying to make was that the Eagles aren't looking to spend simply because they have cap room.
I think they ought to be players for the tackles as acquiring one would allow them to move Todd Herremans inside to guard and strengthen and deepen their offensive line overall. After last year, when they lost four starting linemen to injury, the Eagles have to be conscious of the importance of quality depth there. Of course, there's also the chance they could take a tackle with the No. 4 pick in next year's draft.