The Philadelphia Eagles have had a monster off-season. No general manager has upgraded his team as much as Howie Roseman has this off-season. Howie went above and beyond to improve the team on both sides of the ball. The Eagles made critical additions to both the offense and defense. These additions should be able to make an immediate impact on the field.
Although it will be difficult, let’s rank the best moves the Eagles made this off-season.
Here are the moves that will be part of the rankings. Signing Haason Reddick, drafting Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean, trading for AJ Brown, and signing James Bradberry.
1. Signing Haason Reddick
Maybe a controversial take, but I believe Reddick will have the most significant impact of all the signings. This is because pass rusher was the Eagles greatest area of need. The Eagles defense finished second to last in the NFL with 29 sacks last season. Reddick finished with 11 sacks on the season, which would easily be the team high. He will add a new element that the Eagles defense was missing last season. AJ Brown could easily be in this spot, but I believe Reddick will have the biggest impact of any off-season addition.
2. Trading for AJ Brown
During the draft, the Eagles moved the 18th and 101st overall picks to acquire Brown. They then signed the former Titan to a 4-year, 100 million dollar contract, with 57 million guaranteed. This was a great move from Howie. They barely gave up anything for a pro-bowl wide receiver in terms of draft capital. Even though it is a huge contract, I think this deal will be a steal in the long run (similar to Bryce Harper). The wide receiver market was expensive this year, and I see that trend continuing into future seasons. The Eagles had a good offense last season without Brown, which is another reason I put the Brown trade at two. But the Birds truly missed having another dynamic wide receiver, and he will immediately change the Eagles offense.
3. Signing James Bradberry
Another great, affordable move from Roseman. Bradberry signed to a one-year, 10-million-dollar contract. This is an excellent deal for the Eagles. The secondary was in desperate need of help, and this is a great pairing to put alongside Slay. Although not as flashy as some other moves, this could sure up the Eagles’ secondary.
4. Drafting Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean
This was hard to put last on the list. The Eagles added two players with huge potential in two positions of need. With an aging Fletcher Cox, Davis can be the perfect player to fill in his footsteps. Further, the Eagles have neglected the linebacker position for years, and grabbing Dean in the third round was a steal. He can potentially be a force for the Eagles at linebacker for years to come. These players ended up 4th on the list because they are still rookies who need to prove themselves. Every other move was an immediate upgrade in a position of need. Both players have the chance to be impactful rookies and I am still surprised Howie was able to add both of these players.
Howie had a great off-season for the Eagles. Now it is up to the players to make him look good. What are your thoughts on the most impactful moves? Is Brown going to be a better move than Reddick?
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