3 Bold Predictions for the Eagles Offseason
By Larry Rupp
The Philadelphia Eagles head into the offseason looking to build off a year in which they finished 9-8 and made the NFL Playoffs. Head coach Nick Sirianni looked impressive in his first year with the team, but will need the Eagles' front office to make some moves in order to put together an elite roster.
Of course, general manager Howie Roseman has not shortage of assets to make those moves. Philadelphia is projected to have over $20 million in available cap space and owns 10 picks in the upcoming NFL Draft. Let's take a look at three bold predictions for the Eagles this offseason.
Eagles Bold Predictions
1. Eagles Trade for Quarterback Russell Wilson
Quarterback Jalen Hurts was not horrible in his first full year as the Eagles starter, but he looked years away from being fully developed. This is a team that has made the playoffs in four of the last five years and wants to win. Roseman has shown he is not afraid to make a blockbuster trade and Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks may be the perfect target. The nine-time Pro Bowler owns a career record of 104-53-1 and has thrown over 30 touchdowns in four of his last five seasons. Seattle could be looking to cash in on dealing the veteran signal-caller given the massive package Philadelphia could offer in return. This move would catapult the Eagles into being a legitimate contender.
2. Eagles Sign Mike Williams in Free Agency
Don't get it twisted, rookie wide receiver DeVonta Smith looked like a true WR1 this past season. He needs some depth around him, though. Fellow WRs Quez Watkins and Jalen Reagor combined for just 946 yards on the season. More importantly, the Eagles are in need of size and Mike Williams is one of the biggest free agent wideouts on the market. Standing at 6-foot-4 and weighing 220 pounds, the five-year pro averages 16.1 yards per reception and has tallied 26 touchdowns in 72 career games played. Williams would immediately become the top red zone target on this team due to his ability to create mismatches. That would be a major benefit no matter who starts at QB for Philadelphia.
3. Eagles Use All Three First-Round Picks on Defense
One of the biggest storylines heading into the NFL Draft is seeing what the Eagles do with their three first-round picks. They could always trade them to move up or down in the order. However, don't be surprised if Philadelphia uses all three in order to improve a defensive unit that gave up 23.1 points per game this past season (T-No. 18 in NFL). This draft class is filled with defensive difference-makers like Nakobe Dean, Derek Stingley Jr., Travon Walker and Devin Lloyd. The list goes on and on, though. There's a reason defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon went through multiple head coaching interviews this offseason. Think about what he could do with a few more talented game-wreckers.
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