The Eagles may find another bargain bin player or two late in free agency, but we’ve probably seen the end of any serious moves on their part, so let’s recap what they’ve accomplished over the last few weeks. We’ll begin a couple weeks prior to the start of the free agency period:
• Before the start of free agency, the Eagles cut Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson. Neither move was much of a surprise. Patterson was a great, underrated Eagle, but his health issues and cap savings of $3 million trumped what the Eagles thought he could contribute on the field.
Jenkins was a quality pass rushing DT, but he was 32 years old and in decline. Jenkins got this reputation for a being a team leader. That was highly media driven. Jenkins, win or lose, would talk to the media probably longer than anyone on the team after every game. His answers were honest, and he was often frank about the team’s poor play. He, of course, became a media favorite because he provided us with great quotes, and professional respect. But was he a “team leader?” I’m not so sure the players and coaching staff saw it that way.
The risk in cutting both players was that it left the Eagles extraordinarily thin along the defensive line:
• On the first day of free agency, the Eagles released Nnamdi Asomugha. Opposing NFC East wide receivers observed a moment of silence.