The NFL Combine is set to begin, manipulating draft boards and mock drafts after men in snug fitted shirts and shorts go through a plethora of drills. Sprinkle in the start of the NFL tampering period prior to the new league beginning on March 9th, the potential to improve the underwhelming Philadelphia Eagles roster is available.
Free agency in 2017 will be a challenge for Howie Roseman, multiple roster positons that need to be upgraded, but without the financial flexibility of seasons past. Roseman has proven to flex his muscle in freeing up salary cap and negotiating contracts that benefit the team both short and long. Roseman will have his social game in full effect hoping to trump the headlining trades from the 2016 off-season. Could Roseman negotiate a trade that brings Brandin Cooks to Philadelphia? Could the time spent in Chicago together between Eagles wide receiver coach Mike Groh and recently released Brandon Marshall reunite in Philadelphia?
Expectations are mixed with how the Eagles will approach free agency. The cap situation looks murky at the moment, but if the Eagles want to land a big name at a specific position group they have identified, Howie will get out his calculator and find a way to make the numbers work.
One positon group that is also mentioned is defensive end. If Eagle fans are fine with Jim Schwartz wasting second round picks, better you then me. I’m not pleased with how Eric Rowe was traded because Schwartz didn’t like him. How Mychal Kendricks faded out of the picture; likely to be traded for minimum compensation or outright released. Or the 42.79% of snaps that Curry received last year after getting paid to be a starting defensive end.
If Barwin is traded or released, Curry should absorb a larger role and project to play close to the same amount of snaps as Brandon Graham this season. I’m not holding onto any hope that Marcus Smith could take on a bigger role, but I’d rather see the Eagles spend their higher draft picks on offensive play-makers and cornerbacks.
It’s going to be interesting to see which names at the combine see their stock rise and whose will fall. With how close free agency and the combine overlap, there could be an increase in trades, and if nothing else, rumors of possible deals saturating social media networks.