The Philadelphia Eagles have a number of personnel decisions to make this offseason, but general manager Howie Roseman is remaining tight-lipped when it comes to the team’s 16 unrestricted free agents.
Roseman said the team will have “honest conversations” with veterans like Malcolm Jenkins, and also stated the Eagles want to get “younger and faster” at the wide receiver position, which lends uncertainty to Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson’s respective futures with the team (via Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Inquirer):
“We’re trying to balance,’’ the Eagles GM said Tuesday. “We have good players who are not 23 and 24 years old. When you look at who’s winning, and even when we won [in 2017], you’re going to have players that are still in their prime that are 29 or 30 or 30-plus that can still contribute.
“When you talk about the wide receiver position as a whole, we’re always going to look for playmakers. We’re always going to look for guys that can help coach [Doug Pederson] and can help Carson. And we’ll figure out how we’re going to fit everything into the puzzle.’’
The Eagles are expected to select a wide receiver early in the April draft, possibly even in the first round.
Asked Tuesday about a timetable regarding Jeffery’s recovery, Roseman said:
“We’re not going to get into timetables on injuries. But when you talk about Alshon, the most important thing for Alshon is getting him healthy as quickly as possible.’’
Jeffery played in just 10 games last season after missing three games during the 2018 campaign. Jackson missed all but three games.
Jenkins has long been regarded as one of the best veteran leaders in football, and–unlike Jeffery and Jackson–has been healthy throughout his Eagles tenure.
Nevertheless, there could be some turnover this Spring as the Eagles look to add more playmakers on both sides of the ball.