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Eagles roster: Locks, trade candidates, long shots

Eliot Shorr-Parks
February 11, 2019 - 5:30 am

Some of the most important work the Eagles front office will do this offseason is going to be taking place over the next month. 

Over the next few weeks, the Eagles will be deciding which of their own free agents they want to re-sign, which of their own players they want to let cut, which they want to try to trade, which upcoming free agents they might like and what rookies in this year’s draft class they want to target. 

To do all of that effectively, they need to take a good hard look at their current roster and see what they are working with. 

With that in mind, here is how I see each player on the roster heading into this crucial part of the offseason. 

Long shots (16): B.J. Bello, Josh Hawkins, Carlton Agudosi, Tyreek Burwell, Anthony Fabiano, Johnny Holton, Kaleb Johnson, Mercy Maston, Jeremiah McKinnon, Marken Michel, Braxton Miller, Dorren Miller, Donnel Pumphrey, Alex Singleton, Chandon Sullivan, Will Tye

Analysis: This projects to be a good offseason to try to make the Eagles. The roster is filled with holes, especially behind established starters. Outside of cornerback, there aren’t many positions where a young player, or journey man veteran, won’t have a legit shot to make the team. The current long shots on the roster are compromised mostly of players the team has signed to future deals. Players to keep an eye on? Center Anthony Fabiano, who spent time with the team last season, and linebacker B.J. Bello.

On the bubble (17): Josh Adams, Nate Gerry, Shelton Gibson, Daeshon Hall, Deiondre’ Hall, Bruce Hector, Treyvon Hester, Boston Scott, Mack Hollins, Joshua Perkins, Josh Sweat, Paul Worrilow, Asantay Brown, Joe Ostman, Wendell Smallwood

Analysis: Another result of the Eagles’ lack of depth and holes on the roster? Some noteworthy players are going to be facing a tough battle to make the team. Two prime examples are receivers Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson. Both were expected to play big roles on the team last season, and neither ended up making an impact. Hollins missed the entire season with an injury and Gibson couldn’t make it onto the field with the offense despite a strong training camp. Both will have to really shine in training camp to make the team. Another interesting set of players to keep an eye on? Bruce Hector and Treyvon Hester, who will battle for a roster spot at the wide-open defensive tackle position, but could also have multiple rookies come in and bump them further down the depth chart. 

Cap Casualties (2): Timmy Jernigan, Jason Peters 

Analysis: How much cap space the Eagles have will depend on what they do with tackle Jason Peters and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan. Cutting both could open up as much as $17 million in cap space. Moving on from both will also create two more holes on the roster, however. The Eagles might try to get both to agree to lower cap hits to stay. 

Trade Candidates (2): Nelson Agholor, Rasul Douglas

Analysis: It is hard to imagine both Agholor and receiver Golden Tate are back on the roster together next season. The fact the Eagles gave up a third-round pick to get Tate at the deadline, however, makes it hard to believe they want to let him just walk away. Agholor is entering the final year of his contract. Very few players enter the final year of their deal under general manager Howie Roseman and end up staying. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Eagles decided to move Agholor and give a portion of his money to Tate in free agency. 

Douglas finds him name on this list because of the logjam at cornerback. It is hard to imagine the Eagles moving on from Sidney Jones, Cre’von LeBlanc, Avonte Maddox or Jalen Mills. It wouldn’t be surprising if the team drafted a cornerback either. They won’t just give Douglas away, but of all the cornerbacks on the roster, he seems the most likely to be moved. 

Locks (28): Michael Bennett, Nigel Bradham, Brandon Brooks, Fletcher Cox, Jake Elliott, Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, Kamu Gruiger-Hill, Alshon Jeffery, Malcolm Jenkins, Lane Johnson, Cameron Johnston , Sidney Jones, Jason Kelce, Cre’Von LeBlanc, Chris Long, Rick Lovato , Avonte Maddox, Matt Pryor, Isaac Seumalo, Nate Sudfeld, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Carson Wentz, Stefen Wisniewski, Derek Barnett, Jordan Mailata, Rodney McLeod, Jalen Mills

Analysis: It would be shocking if any of these players aren’t on the roster next season, and although new players will be added, these players will have the biggest impact on how the 2019 season plays out. 

Free Agents (17): Brandon Graham, Nick Foles, Golden Tate, Haloti Ngata, Chance Warmack, Chris Maragos, Mike Wallace, Corey Graham, Darren Sproles, Ronald Darby, Richard Rodgers, LaRoy Reynolds, Jordan Matthews, Jordan Hicks, Jay Ajayi, DJ Alexander

Analysis: The Eagles have some very tough decisions to make in free agency. You can read more about each player on this list here. 

You can reach Eliot Shorr-Parks on Twitter at @EliotShorrParks or email him at esp@94wip.com!

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