The Philadelphia Eagles’ 5 Biggest Offseason Mistakes So Far

The Philadelphia Eagles' 5 Biggest Offseason Mistakes So Far

LeSean McCoy
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The Philadelphia Eagles have had a tumultuous offseason full of hard decisions. They made a blockbuster trade with the team that ended their season. They re-signed a few key players and brought in a couple of free agents. They had a falling out with a star receiver and watched him go to a division rival. Continue reading for the five biggest mistakes the Eagles made this offseason.

5. Letting Information On DeSean Jackson Get Out

Letting Info Get Out On Jackson
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5. Letting Information On DeSean Jackson Get Out

Letting Info Get Out On DeSean Jackson
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The whole DeSean Jackson saga was a roller coaster ride that the team did not need. All of the rumors about gang affiliation and Jackson's attitude seemed to come from within the Eagles' organization. Whether it is true or not isn't the issue, it is the fact that they may hurt players' trust inside the organization. It might even one day hurt them if a big name free agent is weighing between the Eagles and other teams.

4. Signing Mark Sanchez

Signing Mark Sanchez
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4. Signing Mark Sanchez

Signing Mark Sanchez
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Mark Sanchez was brought into the Eagles to be the backup to Kevin Kolb. They already had Matt Barkley as the backup. While he hasn't looked great when called upon, he could one day show the talent that made people think he could be a first-round pick. This move will just stem Barkley's growth. Also, there were other options out there that weren't coming off shoulder surgery.

3. Not Upgrading The TE Position

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3. Not Upgrading The TE Position

Brent Selek
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The Eagles are extremely good at every position on offense except tight end. Brent Celek is a good complementary piece, but he isn't going to make plays like they need him to. They really could use a second guy who would help the offense. Owen Daniels was out there for awhile, but the Eagles didn't make the move.

2. Failing To Upgrade The CBs

Brandon Fletcher
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2. Failing To Upgrade The CBs

Brandon Fletcher
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The Eagles ranked dead last in the NFL when it came to pass defense. They might be a little gun shy after the offseason in which they signed Nnamdi Asomugha and traded for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, but they really needed to sign someone. In one of the deepest cornerback free agent classes in recent memory, the Eagles came up with nothing.

1. Getting Nothing For DeSean Jackson

Getting Nothing For DeSean Jackson
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1. Getting Nothing For DeSean Jackson

Getting Nothing For DeSean Jackson
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The fact that the Eagles went from asking for a first-round pick for Jackson to straight up cutting the 2013 Pro Bowler shows an organization in disarray. The topic of leaked information was covered earlier, but beyond that you could have traded him for something. No matter what you get in return, it would still help with the cap hits. The fact that they got nothing but dead money and headaches from the deal shows how bad this was.


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  • Tyler Dinetz

    You’re clearly an idiot!! First, how could you get kevin kolb and nick foles confused with one another? Not to mention kolb isn’t even employed. Second, do you truly believe brent celek is the only te the eagles have? Have you ever heard of Zach Ertz? If there’s one position (besides rb) that the eagles are set at, it’s te. Finally, the eagles weren’t just gonna let Desean Jackson go w/o something in return. They tried trading him, but no one wanted to give anything up in return for a player with serious character issies and a hefty salary. Try proofreading and doing some actual research next time before writing an article that makes you look like a supposed nfl “follower”.

  • Paul S

    Djax was just a bad situation and handled poorly by the Eagles all together, I do agree. No need for two separate bullet points on him though…

    Mark Sanchez is not a bad signing…if anything I would say he might be one of the more experienced backups in the NFL now as far as NFL snaps and he will be working harder to try and restore his reputation to the point to where he might be able to start somewhere down the line, also a great potential trade chip if he is able to do so. Great upside here! I think that keeping Barkley is a bigger boo-boo and need to procure another backup QB in case Sanchez is completely unreliable. It’s not like he is starting or anything…

    We couldn’t even get James Casey snaps at TE last year who can be quite a dynamic player. Completely disagree with the TE situation. Philly has top 5 depth and talent at TE position and Chip will maximize that.

    I also believe this CB core is going to surprise people this year. Nolan Carroll was a solid pickup in this slot and likely a real sleeper. Borderline starter. The CB group grew last year into a better than average group and with upgrades at Safety it will only make them stronger.