The Philadelphia Eagles are coming into the 2015 season with a new look because of Chip Kelly. The moves Chip Kelly made this past off-season has the Eagle fans dazed and confused, but they might pay off.
John Moffitt,G: 1 year deal worth $660k.
Tim Tebow,QB: 1 year deal worth $660k.
Miles Austin,WR: 1 year deal worth $2.3 mil. $1 mil guaranteed.
Walter Thurmond III,CB: 1 year deal worth $3.25 mil. $2 mil guaranteed.
Brad Jones,LB: 2 year deal worth $2.85 mil. $500k guaranteed.
Brandon Graham,LB: 4 year deal worth $26 mil. $13 mil guaranteed.
Byron Maxwell,CB: 6 year deal worth $63 mil. $22 mil guaranteed.
DeMarco Murray,RB: 5 year deal worth $40 mil. $18 mil guaranteed.
Ryan Mathews,RB: 3 year deal worth $11 mil. $5 mil guaranteed.
E.J. Biggers,CB: 1 year deal worth $745k.
Seyi Ajirotutu,WR: 1 year deal worth $825k. $380k guaranteed.
Mark Sanchez,QB: 2 year deal worth $9 mil. $5.5 mil guaranteed.
The Eagles, last season started off 9-3 and ended up not making the playoffs with a record of 10-6. They were supposed to win their division with ease, but injuries at the quarterback position took a hit with Foles breaking his collarbone. When that happened the Cowboys took advantage and make a run into the playoffs. So this year Chip Kelly is making noise in Philly and making it sunnier than ever.
First off, DeMarco Murray is coming over to replace McCoy at the running back position and is coming off his greatest season ever as a pro. Murray had 392 rushing attempts and collected 1845 rushing yards with 13 touchdowns, per Pro-Football-Reference. If you count the playoffs Murray had more than 400 rushing attempts. His tires were put to the test. Now in Philly he will have a hard time producing that type of season. Why? Because the oline in Philly is not like the oline in Dallas. Different styles on the offensive side of the ball. Murray will have a good season though. Maybe around 7 touchdowns and 1200 rushing yards on 285 to 295 rushing attempts. The running back core in Philly is stacked, which could take snaps away from DeMarco. The Eagles have Kenjon Barner, newly signed Ryan Mathews and the speedy veteran Darren Sproles.
Second, signing Tim Tebow and resigning Mark Sanchez were good moves. They both have lots of experience and will come in handy if Bradford tears his ACL again. Personally I think Tebow can run Kelly’s offense to perfection. Before Bradford got hurt he was starting to form into a good QB, but he will not improve if he is holding a clipboard and rehabbing. Sanchez will give you 2-3 good games. After those 2-3 games it gets ugly. Tebow will try and find a way to win because he is a born winner.
Last, reuniting both former Seahawks Byron Maxwell and Walter Thurmond III was a dream for Eagle fans because they had the worst (32nd overall) secondary in the league last season. Maxwell is a top 10 corner and is getting paid like a top 5 corner. Walter signed with the Giants last season, but got hurt and missed the season. He is one of the former Ducks to join his college head coach. Maxwell will help the secondary out a lot and will have a tougher time in the NFC East than the NFC West. The East has better receivers. Names like Dez Bryant, Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, Pierre Garcon, and former Eagle DeSean Jackson. Walter Thurmond will be competing for a spot on the roster. Only way to do that is to stay healthy.
Nick Foles,QB: traded to Rams
Chris Polk,RB: free agent
LeSean McCoy,RB: traded to Bills
Jeremy Maclin,WR: free agent
James Casey,TE/FB: released
Brad Smith,WR: free agent
Nate Allen,S: free agent
Trent Cole,OLD/DE: released
Cary Williams,CB: released
Evan Mathis,OG: released
Todd Herremans,OG: released
Brandon Boykins,CB: traded to Steelers
If your a Cowboys, Redskins, or Giants fan you should be glad McCoy is out of the NFC East. McCoy and Kelly clashed heads a lot and it was time for a divorce. Eagle fans think McCoy had no more gas in the tank. I personally do not think that is the case. He might of just needed a fresh start. Watch McCoy will produce in Buffalo and Philly fans will show their true colors towards Kelly. I predict McCoy will have a better year over Murray. He will come back and show people he is still Shady. Losing Cary Williams is not a big loss, but notable and also he was part of the worst secondary of the league along side Bradley Fletcher. Also Williams butted heads with Kelly, which was a big mistake. Trent Cole departure was mind blowing. Colts got the best part of it. Foles had a down year due to injuries and most people thought his best year was a fluke year. Well we will see this upcoming season if Foles is really good. To bad he is a Ram and will try and prove in St.Louis. Letting Maclin walk was the dumbest move by Kelly the whole off-season. Maclin is a proven number 1 receiver. Maclin leaves the Eagles to go and reunite with former Eagles coach Andy Reid in Kansas City. James Casey just did not fit the bill. Cutting Mathis will come back and bite the Eagles in the butt. Mathis is a pro bowl guard who can still play at the age of 33. He was expensive, which had part of his released. Herremans is running out of gas and the Eagles just want to play younger players so they can develop studs.
Nelson Agholor,WR: round 1, pick 20
Eric Rowe,CB/S: round 2, pick 47
Jordan Hicks,OLB: round 3, pick 84
Jacorey Shepherd,CB: round 6, pick 191
Randall Evans,CB: round 6, pick 196
Brian Mihalik,DE: round 7, pick 237
The Eagles hit some major needs in the 2015 NFL Draft. They replace Maclin with the best route runner in this past draft, Nelson Agholor. Agholor fits the scheme on what Kelly wants to do on offense. Eagles drafted 3 defensive backs to help the worst secondary in the league. More competition for the current players on the roster. Adding Hicks and Mihalik in the front 8 help builds a solid rotation to spell the starters for some snaps. The Eagles had one of the better 1st and 2nd round combos by landing Nelson Agholor and Eric Rowe. Rowe is a versatile player. He can play both corner and safety. Look for him to play more corner, but he will get snaps at the safety position also on certain defensive packages.
Kiko Alonso,LB: trade with Bills
Sam Bradford,QB: trade with Rams
Top 10 Caps Hits In 2015:
1. Sam Bradford,QB: $12.9 mil
2. Jason Peters, OT: $9 mil
3. Byron Maxwell,CB: $8.7 mil
4. Connor Barwin,OLB: $7 mil
5. Brandon Graham,OLB: $6 mil
6. Malcolm Jenkins,S: $5.6 mil
7. Lane Johnson,OT: $5.2 mil
8. DeMarco Murray,RB: $5 mil
9. Brent Celek,TE: $4.8 mil and Riley Cooper,WR: $4.8 mil
10. Jason Kelce,C: $4.4 mil
The Eagles have lots of money tied up, but Kelly did straighten out the cap and will look to continue to add more players for years to come. Eagles will regain control of the NFC East and win the division with a record of 10-6 and Eagle fans will be saying “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”
Contract Information from Over The Cap was used in the creation of this post.