Executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman is charged with building a roster that can support and grow alongside promising quarterback Carson Wentz. Free agency (March 9) and the NFL draft (April 27-29) will take center stage before long.
But first, the Eagles must decide how to proceed with some of their current players. Here's a look at the Eagles' pending free agents, with analysis:
DT Bennie Logan: This is the biggest decision facing the Eagles when it comes to the current roster. Logan (2.5 sacks, 9 hurries, 2 forced fumbles) is a gifted interior lineman and part of a quality 1-2 punch on the inside along with Fletcher Cox. Problem is, the Eagles already committed north of $60 million in guarantees to Cox. If Logan ends up near the $10 million per year range, can the Eagles afford to have that much money tied up at DT with so many pressing needs elsewhere on the roster? Roseman recently said that the Eagles "would love to keep Bennie around," to which Logan replied, "It’s cool to say that and all, but there’s got to be some action behind the talking."
CB Nolan Carroll: The 29-year-old came back from a serious leg injury to claim a starting corner spot this season. He has had an up-and-down year in coverage, and enters Week 17 with just one interception on the season. The Eagles will aggressively look to upgrade the cornerback position. For both the team and Carroll, a Philly return largely comes down to what their options are.
LB Stephen Tulloch: The 11-year veteran was brought in to provide depth to the linebacker spot. Fortunately for defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, that depth hasn't been tested this season. Tulloch has played only 57 defensive snaps through 15 games. Considering he doesn't play special teams, it seems likely the Eagles will look to upgrade here.
OL Stefen Wisniewski: A career starter, Wisniewski seemed a bit frustrated to be in a reserve role to start the season. While he was called into action eventually as a result of injury/suspension, he'll likely be on the lookout for a better opportunity come March.
DE/ST Bryan Braman: A core special teams player, Braman has played a team-high 316 ST snaps this season. He has been part of a unit that has thrived for four years and counting under coordinator Dave Fipp. It stands to reason that they'll want to keep the nucleus together.
LB Najee Goode: Goode ranks second on the team with 10 special teams tackles and is a serviceable reserve linebacker.
RB Kenjon Barner: The Oregon product recently was placed on injured reserve (hamstring). He had some success in a limited role this year (4.8 yards per carry, 2 TDs on 27 attempts) and contributed in the return game as well. A nice player to have on a roster.
TE Trey Burton: The same can be said of Burton. He is a key figure on special teams and has carved out an offensive role as well (32 receptions, 288 yards, TD). Burton has a pretty strong connection with Wentz and figures to be back.
S Jaylen Watkins: ESPN Stats & Information credits Watkins with one pass defensed in 365 snaps. The former fourth-round pick out of Florida has had some letdowns this season and likely will be fighting for a roster spot.