Eagles’ Stefen Wisniewski willing to embrace new role if needed
The Philadelphia Eagles were fortunate enough to keep their offensive line all intact heading into 2019. Both Jason Peters and Jason Kelce opted to return after flirting with retirement, so the unit should look more or less the same.
Another player who will be back is guard Stefen Wisniewski. Wisniewski started at left guard during the Eagles’ Super Bowl winning season, but he was benched last year in favor of Isaac Seumalo just a few weeks into the season. He ended up getting the job back briefly, and started seven games overall.
Wisniewski said recently that he looked for a starting gig in free agency, but opted to return to Philadelphia knowing he’d be a reserve in 2019.
“I knew when I signed here that they have their starting three inside. I’ve been a starter here, but I’ve also been a backup, as well. I’m OK with that role,” Wisniewski said, per Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I’ll just work my butt off, and I’ll be ready whenever they need me.”
“I knew when they declined my option, they told me they wanted me back, just for less money. So I looked around, saw what my options were, but felt like this was the best place for me,” he explained.
Wisniewski ended up inking a one-year deal worth $1.5 million.
The most important thing for the Eagles right now is keeping Carson Wentz upright, so the solidity of the offensive line is even more important than usual.
Brandon Brooks, the starting right guard, tore his Achilles in the playoffs last year. He’s insisted that he’ll be ready for the start of the season, but that’s far from guaranteed.
If he isn’t ready to roll, Wisniewski will be right there to jump in and start.