Eagles GM Howie Roseman opens up about lack of moves at WR
The Philadelphia Eagles had been hoping to attack this NFL offseason with a game plan predicated on giving quarterback Carson Wentz more weapons at the skill positions.
However, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman did some backtracking on Thursday. Roseman spoke specifically about Philly’s receiving corps, saying the organization views the group “differently than the public,” via Eagles reporter Jeff McLane.
Howie Roseman on the #Eagles' lack of moves at the WR position so far this offseason: "We view our receiver situation differently than the public." He said that they didn't have the benefit of 20-20 hindsight in how the FA market unfolded (WRs not getting paid).
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) March 26, 2020
It seems the Eagles at least did some preliminary research on the asking prices for DeAndre Hopkins and Stefon Diggs, though they did not pull the trigger on either deal.
Although Roseman noted there is no benefit in hindsight, the Eagles might have missed a big opportunity to make a move in a scant receiver market that has not attracted many suitors or much in the way of guaranteed money.
Veteran Emmanuel Sanders and speedster Robby Anderson both signed two-year deals worth just over $20 million, which would not have been bad value for the Eagles.
Roseman might have faith in Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson, though there is not much reason for Eagles fans to share that faith.
Jeffery played in just 10 games last season due to injury after missing three games in 2018. Jackson looked like he might revitalize his career with his old team, but he was placed on injured reserve after undergoing surgery to repair a core muscle.
The Eagles are not alone in their tentativeness with respect to the receiver market. There are a number of strong prospects in this upcoming group of receivers, and it seems most teams with that positional need will hope to address it in April.
Still, Philly fans might be skeptical given the team’s shortcomings at receiver in recent years.