The Eagles have drafted a pair of wide receivers from the PAC-12 in the past decade.
In 2008, the Birds traded out of the first round and spent their second round pick on speedster DeSean Jackson from Cal. Ten years, and countless highlights later, fans are clamoring about his possible return this offseason.
Then in 2015, Chip Kelly spent the 19th overall pick on Nelson Agholor. Needless to say, things didn't exactly turn out as expected.
But now, as the Eagles begin to desperately search for playmakers to pair with Carson Wentz, they could find themselves staring at another kid who played his college games on the West Coast: John Ross.
Free agency is fast approaching, and the Eagles have a important decision to make with outside linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who continues to be a name regarded as a release or trade candidate.
Kendricks carries a cap hit of $6.6 million, a hefty figure considering his playing time decreased last season as he struggled in Jim Schwartz's 4-3 defensive scheme. The problem with releasing Kendricks outright is that he carries $4.8 million of dead money. Finding a trade partner would make more sense, and that has been reported by several outlets in recent weeks.
Yes, trading Kendricks and getting a late-round draft pick in return is the most ideal scenario for the Eagles. His base salary increases during the next three seasons on his contract, plus he has an $8 million signing bonus that is being paid out in increments during the length of the four-year contract extension and a $150,000 workout bonus each of those years. But where will that leave the Eagles, who could be overlooking the need for linebacker depth?
After documenting the holes and needs on the Eagles roster throughout this series, it is nice to end on a positive note. After years of struggling to find a proper replacement for Brian Dawkins, the Birds seem to have their answer at safety with MalcolmJenkins and Rodney McLeod, a pair of players whose skills complement each other well.
Meanwhile, on special teams, Dave Fipp's unit has topped both Football Outsiders' and Rick Gosselin's yearly special teams rankings. With the exception of Carson Wentz, the special teams and safeties may be the most promising parts of this roster.
New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who claims to root for the New York Mets and Dallas Cowboys, used his time on a New York sports radio show earlier this week to take a shot at Phillies fans:
"The Phillies suck," Christie said. "Let's just start with that. They're from Philadelphia. They're an awful team. They're an angry, bitter fan base and it's not safe for civilized people to go to Citizens Bank Park if you want to root for the other team.”
Trout, who is from Millville, N.J., was asked about Christie's comments in a press conference Saturday, and though he didn't specifically defend Phillies fans, he defended Eagles fans, many of whom also root for the baseball team that plays across the street:
"As an Eagles fan, we're passionate about the team and we want them to win and to do good," Trout said. "In sports in general, [Phillies fans] love their teams." [via Jerry Crasnick of ESPN]
Trout also jokingly took a swipe at the Cowboys:
"I think he's a Cowboys fan, right?" Trout said of Christie. "I was sorry to hear that."
The Philadelphia Eagles' secondary will look much different in 2017 -- which is wonderful news after the Eagles secondary in the 2016 campaign.
The Eagles secondary has been criticized for several years now, as the team struggles to find talent like Lito Sheppard, Sheldon Brown and Asante Samuel during the mid 2000s, when the team's secondary was an asset, rather than a liability.
There are a multitude of decisions to make in regards to the Eagles roster this offseason. It is safe to say it needs to be rebuilt, and free agency is one way of finding solutions to the weaknesses and voids.
With the likelihood running back Ryan Mathews will be released in the next several weeks, the team will be seeking to add to the position, whether it is through free agency or the draft. Let's take a look if any of the free agent names are possible solutions to at least add depth to the backfield.
The Eagles have already shaken up their cornerback group from 2016 by releasing veteran Leodis McKelvin last week. But that may be the tip of the iceberg.
It's no secret the Eagles have had trouble finding stability at cornerback since Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown were paired up back in 2007. In fact, the last decent corner to come to Philadelphia, Asante Samuel, hasn't played a down of football for the team since 2011.
Since then, there has been big name free agents who didn't live up to their price tag, and veteran stopgaps who struggled to consistently prevent big plays, (see Fletcher, Bradley). Now, with the Eagles about to round a corner in their rebuilding effort, it is time for them to fix the issues that have plagued the back end of their defense for the better part of the last decade.
Make no mistake about it, the Eagles aren’t messing around when it comes to their search for new wide receivers.
The list increasingly grew over the weekend, with reports circulating that the team would target Pierre Garcon and AlshonJeffery in the offseason, joining names like KennyStills, DeSean Jackson and an ongoing trade rumor involving TorreySmith.
There is no perfect answer in free agency, but the Eagles desperately need a weapon for Carson Wentz and seem determined as ever to find one in free agency.
The Eagles made more headlines on Sunday, as Jimmy Kempski reported the team was "likely to trade" veteran linebacker Mychal Kendricks.
After being a starter for the Birds during the first four years of his career, Kendricks saw a sharp decline in his playing time as he struggled to adjust in Jim Schwartz's system. Moving on from Kendricks seems like a smart move, but the Eagles don't exactly have a guy on their team who could slide in and produce at a high level.