Based on Howie Roseman’s comments from his previous press conference, this upcoming offseason for the Philadelphia Eagles will consist of some significant changes. Likely, a handful of long-time veterans will no longer be present with the team in 2020 as the team attempts to move on from the many of the core players from the 2017 Super Bowl season and some of the younger players come to the forefront. I will go position by position listing every player on the 2019 roster and give my predictions on whether they will “stay” with the Philadelphia Eagles next season or “go” elsewhere. The players that are obvious locks to stay will be listed but won’t require an explanation. It’s more so the pending free agents and fringe players that require discussion.
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This week I will focus on the offense.
Carson Wentz: Stay
Sorry to all the “Folesians” out there, but Carson isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Josh McCown: Go
It’s hard to see McCown not retiring. He was supposed to be retired this past year but decided to give it a go for one more season (thankfully). At the same time, I would love to see McCown stay with the organization in some sort of coaching role.
Nate Sudfeld: Stay
Heading into the 2019 preseason I thought it was a foregone conclusion that Sudfeld would be gone in 2020, but his wrist injury in the preseason opener prevented him from further showcasing his talents and may have hurt his chances of competing for a starting job with another team. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Sudfeld ends up staying for one more year, and maybe that’s the best-case scenario for both sides. Re-signing Sudfeld would provide some continuity to the QB room.
Miles Sanders: Stay
The next great Eagles RB. So ecstatic to see what he can do with a full season of being the lead back.
Boston Scott: Stay
Signed back in December 2018, Scott was brought in as a possible replacement for Darren Sproles, which is a role that the team has been looking to fill since 2017. Scott’s performance late in the season has pretty much put an end to that search. He and Sanders will continue to provide the offense with a dangerous tandem in 2020.
Jordan Howard: Go
With Sanders and Scott set to return, retaining Howard just doesn’t make sense. Paying him to play a complementary role in the backfield isn’t something that fits Howie Roseman’s “Modus Operandi”. Also, consider the fact that you can find a short-yardage guy in free agency or late in the draft. The recent addition of Elijah Holyfield also shouldn’t be ignored. I’ve always felt since he was acquired that Howard’s tenure in Philadelphia was going to be a one-year thing, and I stand by that.
Elijah Holyfield: Stay
Speaking of Holyfield, I did like him as a Day 3 sleeper in last year’s draft. Did he test very poorly at the Combine and his Pro Day which caused his stock to plummet? Yes, he did. But if he’s on my team I wouldn’t be asking him to be a lead back, just a short-yardage one; someone who can bring a physical presence when needed, which doesn’t require blazing speed to be effective. Holyfield has the potential to be that guy.
Elijah Holyfield ran a 4.8 40. Let’s see why it doesn’t matter as much as you’d think. Because he’s got short area burst, cutting ability, and power to his game with leg churn. It simply wins in other ways than pure speed. pic.twitter.com/3PFeXYQG3F
— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) March 2, 2019
"It takes a village" run from Elijah Holyfield here.
I'm really impressed with Holyfield's nose for space. Really timely bounces, but good patience behind LoS as well. Great footwork when working into tight spaces.
S/o No. 77, the late but enthusiastic arrival to the party. pic.twitter.com/EmKBGmUWSn
— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) February 2, 2019
Corey Clement: Go
Clement was a key role player during the Eagles’ Super Bowl run 2 seasons ago, but things have changed drastically for him since then. Two injury-plagued seasons in a row and the emergence of Sanders and Scott have put Clement essentially on the backburner as an afterthought. He’ll always be loved and respected here, but his time in Philly should be coming to an end. Hopefully, he can still find success on another team.
DeSean Jackson: Stay
Some want the Eagles to move on from almost all its aging veterans, including Jackson. But seeing how good the connection between him and Wentz looked in Week 1, you have to wonder how good they would look together for a full season. You got to roll the dice and hope that Jackson can stay healthy in 2020 because if he does it’ll be well worth the investment.
Alshon Jeffery: Stay
Jeffery’s situation is probably the most intriguing on this list. The most likely scenario is that he’ll return. The contract restructuring that Howie gave him last year, his injury history, and his diminishing skillset make it very difficult for the Eagles to trade him and releasing him would incur a $26 million dead cap hit. Plus, I’m not even sure if the Eagles can do either until he passes a physical unless an injury settlement is reached. But regardless of what obstacles are in place, I would prefer to see the Eagles cut ties with him if it were at all possible, which again it may not be. I would rather the younger guys get his reps to help their development and to build their chemistry with Wentz. And even though we may never officially know who Jocina Anderson’s source in the locker room was, it’s hard not to speculate that it could have been Alshon. The phrase “addition by subtraction” comes to mind when I think of Jeffery.
Nelson Agholor: Go
I can nearly guarantee that Agholor will not be a Philadelphia Eagle next year, and I’m pretty sure most would agree with that rather obvious take. I’ve defended Agholor for years, being one of the very few fans that still believed in him after his first 2 seasons. And after his breakout 2017 season, I thought he was on his way to being one of the better slot receivers in the league. But his 2019 season has been massively disappointing and frustrating to witness. It’s time to move on from the former 1st round pick.
Greg Ward: Stay
This almost goes without saying, but Ward has earned a roster spot going into next season. At best he may only be a quality slot receiver, but in no way is that a bad thing to say.
JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Stay
A lot of fans have already seemed to give up on JJAW, but I’m not one of them. People need to remember that it often takes WRs a few seasons to finally get their footing at the pro level. It’s way too early to say JJAW is a bust.
Robert Davis: Go
I’m going to say “go” for now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up staying on as a depth guy. He’s got some physical tools that can be developed.
Deontay Burnett: Go
The same thing that was said for Robert Davis applies to Burnett too.
Shelton Gibson: Go
Zach Ertz: Stay
There are still people that think we should trade Ertz. And while I do understand their arguments and where they’re coming from, I’ll say this plainly and with all due respect: it’s not happening, so stop it.
Dallas Goedert: Stay
This guy isn’t going anywhere anytime soon either. #12Personnel
Joshua Perkins: Go
I like Perkins as a receiver quite a bit, but the frustrations I get watching him blow his blocking assignments repeatedly are too much.
Richard Rodgers: Go
Jason Peters: Go
I’ve defended the decision to bring back Peters this past season, and I still stick by it. You needed a veteran like him to help transition to your next franchise LT, whomever that was going to be (remember that he was re-signed before the NFL Draft). But now, it doesn’t matter if Peters doesn’t want to retire or if he does, it’s time to move on from him.
Lane Johnson: Stay
Andre Dillard: Stay
Halapoulivaati Vaitai: Go
“Big V” has been a good backup for the Eagles, and I wouldn’t mind paying him a relatively cheap contract to continue being the primary backup along the offensive line. But I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t get a high offer from another team in free agency. Too many teams need offensive tackles.
Jordan Mailata: Stay
You’ve gone this far with the project; it would be a waste to give up now. Keep developing him.
Interior Offensive Line
Isaac Seumalo: Stay
Jason Kelce: Stay
There have been rumors that Kelce is expected to retire, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he did. But as of right now, he hasn’t.
Brandon Brooks: Stay
Matt Pryor: Stay
Pryor played admirably with Brooks out. He may have issues with technique and mobility, but he’s very big and very strong. Eagles could do a lot worse than Pryor when it comes to backup offensive linemen.
Nate Herbig: Stay
Honestly, I have no clue when it comes to Herbig, so I’ll just say stay.