After a playoff run that left the Philadelphia Eagles stunned in the WFL Bowl at the hands of the Miami Dolphins, the team quickly got to making a plethora of deals to improve the roster. Here is an overview:
Texans send: LB Zach Cunningham
Eagles send: TE Trey Burton, 2019 4th round pick
Analysis: Cunningham replaces LB Mychal Kendricks, who had a stellar year with the absence of Jordan Hicks. With Kendricks due to hit free agency the Eagles looked to get younger and got a quality linebacker in return for a mid round pick in a weak draft and a receiving TE that was underutilized in the Philly offense.
Seahawks send: FS Paul Posey
Eagles send: DT Deveon McKenzie, 2019 6th round pick
Analysis: McKenzie was the Eagles third-string DT, which makes this a minor loss, the same can be said for Posey, who was a steal for Seattle but buried in the depth chart. Both players will presumably get more playing time on their new teams — especially Posey, who fills in for Malcolm Jenkins after the team opted to not keep him around.
Dolphins send: OT Curtis Simon, 2019 5th round pick
Eagles send: 2019 2nd round pick
Analysis: Simon was a 7th round steal for the Dolphins and was groomed behind a very talented run offense. Philadelphia saw his potential and pounced to make their team better.
Chiefs send: RG Finau Stewart
Eagles send: OT Germain Ifedi, 2020 5th round pick
Analysis: Ifedi is an unrestricted free agent after this season and after being shopped for a long time the team finally found him a new home. Stewart, a first round pick three years ago, will immediately be plugged in at right guard for the Eagles as an impact pass blocker while Ifedi will likely start at right tackle for Kansas City.
Jaguars send: 2019 1st round pick (14)
Eagles send: 2019 1st round pick (31), RG Brandon Brooks
Analysis: Brooks was franchise tagged, but with many key free agents due to be paid (Lane Johnson, Derek Barnett, Zach Ertz, Abry Jones...) Philadelphia opted to trade for younger, controllable linemen while moving Brooks to move up in the draft after Jacksonville found itself with an extra pick because of the trade that sent QB Scotty Sloan to the New York Giants. The Eagles selected HB Lascelle Batton, and there will be more on him later.
FREE AGENT SIGNINGS:
R1P14 — HB Lascelle Batten, Auburn: It was rumored that the Eagles had their eye on LSU’s Curtis Flemons, but he went the pick before to the Green Bay Packers. The consolation price was Batten, who is a speedy, elusive back who can also be a threat in the passing game. Batten has thus far impressed in the preseason and looks to have beaten out LeSean McCoy for the lead back role already. Look for Batten to have a similar play style to last year’s MVP Petey Jones.
R3P20 — RG Roy O’Donnell, Kansas: The Eagles filled offensive line needs this offseason, yet questions still remain about depth and if Lane Johnson will return next season. O’Donnell is a force at 6’4, 338lb, and is a very capable run blocker. He looks to be the primary interior backup option for now while his pass blocking is worked on.
R3P31 — SS Markeith October, Richmond: Although Philly drafted Tyrone Bishop last year and traded for Paul Posey, there is no clear option as to who will be the player that provides energy off the bench. In comes October, who flies around the field with speed and then whacks people. He will be a special teams stud when he is not playing in sub packages.
R5P32 — TE Travis Purcell, Air Force: The team traded Trey Burton, but last year’s first round pick Travonnie Gurode looks to fill in as the TE2. Purcell is a balanced tight end who is not great at one thing in particular but has built chemistry with QB Joey Boselli in the preseason and will see reps in 3TE sets.
R7P31 — QB Sheroid Owens, Minnesota: With Carson Wentz out until the playoffs, Boselli is the starter by trade, however the team entered the draft without another QB active. The Minnesota product is able to make throws on the run and has decent intermediate accuracy and mobility, so he is certainly a project and the team hopes be does not see the field anytime soon.
The first shot at seeing all of these new faces is Week 1, where the Eagles travel to Dallas in order to play the division rival Cowboys.