There’s a story at ESPN+ this morning from Jeremy Fowler titled “2020 NFL free-agency buzz on all 32 teams: Execs help us make sense of the frenzy.”
It’s a team-by-team story with nuggets about each squad that were compiled this way:
“we made some calls to execs around the league to get their insight on how things have gone through the first wave of free agency, then packed each section with tons of info to help pass the time. Let’s get right to it, in alphabetical order.”
Sounds good to me. I clicked.
Here’s what’s written about the Eagles:
The Eagles loaded up on defensive firepower with a Slay trade that didn’t require much draft compensation to facilitate (third- and fifth-round picks) and a defensive tackle (Javon Hargrave) they believe will be a force in their attacking style of defense.
But a team that desperately needs receivers is sitting a few plays out in March, applying a lot of pressure to get it right in April.
After making dozens of calls on the receiver market in the last week, the belief is the Eagles want a younger player who will mesh with Carson Wentz rather than a veteran who might have his own style of play. They took a similar approach with the offensive staff, opting not to hire a playcaller from the outside. Philly is all-in on Wentz, obviously, so the pieces around him will be tailored accordingly.
Key section here:
“the belief is the Eagles want a younger player who will mesh with Carson Wentz rather than a veteran who might have his own style of play”
Yeah? Well DeSean Jackson didn’t seem to have any issues meshing with Carson Wentz for the five minutes he was on the field last year. He was a veteran guy that had never played with Carson before. And Torrey Smith wasn’t highly targeted in 2017, but seemed to slide into the system rather easily.
I guess the blurb is alluding to this idea of building the team around Carson, or making it “Carson’s team” or however we’re explaining that thought. You’ve heard that Russell Wilson comparison this offseason, the idea of jettisoning some of these veteran guys and giving the keys to Wentz and allowing him to step up and lead a younger squad. Maybe there’s some truth to that, or maybe not, but either way, there really isn’t much left in free agency at the receiver position. 25 year old DeMarcus Robinson might make the most sense. Taylor Gabriel, Chester Rodgers, Tavon Austin, and Geronimo Allison are still out there.
It still seems inevitable that they draft a couple of receivers and try to add weapons in the draft. It’s also a bit concerning that Alshon Jeffery is still on the roster even after the new CBA passed, which makes it easier for the Birds to waive him (though they’d still eat a large dead cap number).