Following the 2010 season was something that will forever be attached to the franchise. They went out and spent and spent and spent and spent some more. They bolstered their defense with the additions of defensive end Jason Babin, defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, and cornerback, crown jewel of the free agent class, Nnamdi Asomugha.
The team even signed a new backup quarterback who had been to two Pro Bowls himself in Vince Young. It was Young who was so excited to join the Eagles that he christened the team the "Dream Team" before they even took one snap.
We all know how the story ends. The Dream team fizzled in it's first year stumbling to an 8-8 record in 2011 and missing the playoffs only to watch division rival New York go on to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. In 2012, the team started out 3-1 and looked like everything was finally beginning to click.
Then it stopped clicking all together and the Eagles went on to lose 11 of their next 12 games en route to a 4-12 season that got head coach Andy Reid fired.
The team hired Chip Kelly and a breath of fresh air was breathed into the Eagles. They avoided signing major free agents in 2013 and went to the next-level-down free agents in Connor Barwin, Bradley Fletcher, and Cary Williams with Barwin receiving the largest contract of the bunch for $36 million over six years.
The Eagles went on to a 10-6 record and an NFC East title. The last time they were this close to a run at the Super Bowl, they overspent and it set the team back two years. General manager Howie Roseman does not want that to happen again.
The Eagles GM told CSN Philly "What happens is good players get great player money, pretty good players get really good player money, and then it throws around the whole structure of your roster. The guys that you've drafted, they look around and they say, 'Well, this guy they brought from somewhere else, and they're paying him maybe more than he's worth.' So you have to be very careful in free agency, and I think what worked last year was based on the free-agent market."
Roseman did mention that if there was a young player who played an important position and a position of need for the Eagles, they wouldn't be opposed to a lucrative contract but there are very few of those players available.
Take this with Roseman's comments about filling major holes before the draft and you can almost see the direction the Eagles are headed this offseason. Stay the course. Only make the move if it makes sense for the team. Don't overpay. Those are the underlying tones of the comments which makes me feel good heading into the offseason.
For those that are slobbering over the possibility of Jairus Byrd or T.J. Ward roaming the Eagles secondary, it does not appear totally out of the question but just unlikely at this point. It is still a matter of "if" those two make it to free agency anyways.
Either way, for the first time in years, I feel comfortable with the direction and mindset of the front office.
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