In recent years I have killed the Philadelphia Eagles for their lack luster talent evaluation, and missed opportunities with players in the NFL Draft.
Three players I can’t kill them for are Trent Cole, Todd Herremans and DeSean Jackson. All three of them have proven to be “core” players, and the Eagles have rewarded them handsomely over the past few days, extending each player’s contract.
It’s a breath of fresh air to see a team resign it’s own players instead of trying to buy them via free agency. Free agency works, but at the same time, it’s a huge gamble. I can’t think of one team in recent memory who signed a big name free agent who put them over the top, or led them to a Super Bowl victory.
Building your roster through the draft is a common denominator in all successful teams, and especially teams like the Steelers, Ravens and Patriots, who have had hiccups along the way, but have been very successful overall in drafting the right guys, and grooming them into front line players.
It’s a trend I hope continues with the Eagles.
Next up is LeSean McCoy, who is unquestionably one of the very best running backs in all of football. He’s young, and a flat out stud, and the Eagles should waste no time in extending his deal like they did with Todd Herremans, Trent Cole, and DeSean Jackson. Judging by the contract signed by Arian Foster, it might not be that easy though.