Welcome to our fantasy football wish lists where we’re going through each NFL team and listing three things we’d love to see them do this offseason for fantasy reasons (but also real football reasons).
Signing defensive end Brandon Graham and extending center Jason Kelce is a nice way to start things off in Philly. Now let’s see what else the Eagles should do, since their true aim is to return to the Super Bowl again.
Tender backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld, then spend a late-round pick on a quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft
In 2018, Carson Wentz missed Philly’s final three regular season games and both postseason games with a stress fracture in his back. The year prior, he missed the first two games of the season while recovering from a torn ACL. Wentz is due $8.5 million in 2019, the last year of his rookie deal. Given his injury history and the extremely probable loss of Nick Foles to free agency, it makes sense to draft a potential replacement. This is a long-term hedge against Wentz, should he not show enough health in 2019 to warrant the Eagles picking up his option in 2020. However, it’s also a hedge against Sudfeld, who has only attempted 25 passes in his two-year NFL career. Trace McSorley, anyone?
Re-sign linebacker Jordan Hicks
Do the Eagles have enough money? I don’t know. A few days ago they didn’t have enough money to keep Graham, either. And we see how that turned out. Hicks is only 26 years old and plays inside, a position that appears to be thin in this year’s NFL Draft. Why wouldn’t you want to keep a young and productive inside ‘backer? Maybe a trade of Nelson Agholor is where the Eagles need to start to free up some cap space. They should do that before Agholor’s salary becomes guaranteed on March 13th.
Go big or go home
Scott Barrett said it on the Twittersphere:
Philadelphia open to trading Nelson Agholor. Golden Tate not going to remain in PHI. No one else really there after Alshon. Would love to see Doug Pederson turn Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert into Rob Gronkowski/Aaron Hernandez 2.0 this year. pic.twitter.com/E9tF6o8PJ0— Scott Barrett (@ScottBarrettDFB) March 3, 2019
But Benjamin Solak said it right here at SB Nation over at Bleeding Green Nation. In short, if Doug Pederson decides to utilize more two-TE sets, the Eagles offense is suddenly more formidable. That, and needing one less wide receiver sounds like a good idea since Golden Tate likely won’t be in Philly (The Patriots?!?) and it makes sense to cut bait with Agholor—who is a solid but replaceable talent. Here is the skill group with pass-catching maven Corey Clement in the backfield:
RB: Corey Clement
WR: Alshon Jeffery and Mack Hollins
TE: Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert
12 personnel allows the Eagles to trade Agholor to save cap space. And the Eagles will assuredly find a wideout talent they like in the 2019 NFL Draft. Emanuel Hall or Parris Campbell would add some juice to this wideout corps. I really, really like it. Do it, Pederson.