By Roxaan Herrera // @rxnlzbth
So much has happened this month in the NFL world, and the 2018 League Year just began! But if you’re like me, everything else has been put on the back burner whilst you’re stuck reliving Super Bowl LII over and over and over and over again – and that’s perfectly normal.
The world champions – Philadelphia Eagles (that has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?) have been pretty busy as of late and in case you’ve missed out on anything, here’s what’s been going on.
February 4, 2018 – Eagles win Super Bowl LII (still feels surreal!)
February 20, 2018 – Running back coach, Duce Staley, gets promoted to Assistant Head Coach. Staley lost the position to Mike Groh but luckily will stay with the Eagles as assistant to Super Bowl winning head coach Doug Pederson. Not too shabby.
February 20, 2018 – Eagles promote Mike Groh to offensive coordinator. Former OC Frank Reich went on to become head coach for the Colts and Groh has filled the void. Formerly the receivers coach, Groh is familiar with this offense though Pederson will still be doing the play calling.
February 20, 2018 – Eagles are not planning to offer a Restricted Free Agent Tender to defensive back Jaylen Watkins. Because of a very limited salary cap, the Eagles had to make some very hard decisions. Deciding not to tender Watkins is one of them. This means he is now an unrestricted free agent which saves the Eagles $1.9M. It may not sound like a lot, but it does give them some wiggle room to work with just in time for the Draft.
February 21, 2018 –Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery played through torn rotator cuff all season. Jeffery was a huge part of the Eagles’ success this season, so it was surprising to learn he played through an injury all year. Fortunately, he had successful surgery but most likely will miss the entire preseason.
February 23, 2018 – Eagles don’t get any Compensatory picks. After the NFL announced the compensatory picks for the NFL Draft, we learn that the Eagles receive none.
February 27, 2018 – Punter Donnie Jones announces his retirement. What better way to go out than on top? Jones has called it quits after 14 years, including five with the Eagles when he signed on as a Free Agent in 2013.
March 7, 2018 – Coaching changes become official. Other than Groh and Staley, coaching promotions include: Jess Stoutland to offensive line coach/running backs coach; Press Taylor to quarterbacks coach; new hires Gunter Brewer and Carson Walch to wide receivers coach and assistant wide receivers coach, respectively; Trent Miles and Stephen Phillips to offensive quality control plus running backs and quarterbacks, respectively.
March 7, 2018 – Eagles trade for DE Michael Bennett. It comes as no surprise that everyone wants to jump on the bandwagon of a championship team. The Eagles decided to trade for a controversial player in Bennett and send over WR Marcus Johnson to Seattle, and a fifth-round pick. Eagles also receive a seventh-round pick.
March 9, 2018 – Eagles trade WR Torrey Smith. In some heart shattering, and obvious salary cap saving news, it is announced that Philadelphia will trade the veteran receiver (and personal favorite) to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for cornerback Daryl Worley.
March 13, 2018 – Eagles release tight end Brent Celek. Celek spent his entire career with the Eagles, he is officially a Philadelphian. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and that includes letting go of special people in order to save room for the future.
March 13, 2018 – Eagles officially lose TE Trey Burton. He will always be in the hearts of all Eagles fans (Philly Special, anyone?) but due to cost-saving reasons, Eagles couldn’t work out a good deal and he decided to take his talents elsewhere (you’re welcome, Chicago).
March 13, 2018 – One-year deals continue with linebacker Corey Nelson. Eagles are obviously picking up the slack on defense.
March 13, 2018 – Eagles restructure tackle Lane Johnson’s contract. Saving money is the motto for the Eagles this year, even if it means cutting money from veteran players such as Johnson. They save just over $7M by cutting his salary from roughly $12.4 to almost $5M.
March 14, 2018 – DT Beau Allen is officially out. After news of signing of Ngata, it seemed pretty obvious that Allen wasn’t returning. He signs with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
March 14, 2018 – Nigel Bradham resigns with Eagles. Bradham agrees to a new 5-year deal worth $40M.
March 14, 2018 – DB Patrick Robinson leaves Eagles. Even with rumors floating around that Robinson will stay with the Eagles, the New Orleans Saints snag him up.
March 16, 2018 – Eagles release defensive end, Vinny Curry. Both sides attempted to restructure Curry’s contract but ultimately couldn’t agree. This move saves the Eagles $5M in salary-cap relief.
March 19, 2018 – NFL announces Eagles will play Minnesota Vikings to kick off the 2018 season. This should be fun.
March 23, 2018 – New Eagles player, Micheal Bennett indicted for assault. “NFL defensive end Michael Bennett was indicted Friday in Houston on a charge of injury to the elderly in connection with an incident that occurred when he was a spectator at the 2017 Super Bowl, authorities said.” (source: CNN)
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