Asante Samuel, Terrell Owens and Nnamdi Asomugha all have something in common. They were all big splashes the Eagles have made in free agency in recent memory. This season, things should be different. This season, do not expect the Eagles to make a big splash at all.
The reality is the Eagles will likely do very little in free agency. There are several reasons for believing that they will not do much. First, they are more cap strapped this offseason than most others, and with DeSean Jackson getting the franchise tag, the first priority would have to be to figure out what to do with him.
Second, the Eagles might be more active in the trade market than the free-agent market, as they could trade the rights to Jackson, and also have been rumored to be shopping stellar cornerback Asante Samuel, which would save them cap space and get a nice haul in return.
Finally, I believe that the Eagles believe in their team, even though they did not live up to expectations in 2011. I expect the Eagles will try to re-sign its own free agents, and will definitely look into bringing in some minor pieces, an inexpensive linebacker, perhaps a safety and a lineman. They might bring in a wide receiver as well—Plaxico Burress, Randy Moss or someone else. However, they will not be the story of this offseason.
The Eagles' priority should be getting better as a football team and I believe this team thinks that can be done with minor moves. They just might be right. So do not expect Terrell Owens, Nnamdi Asomugha or Asante Samuel type of signings in Philly this year. Expect conservative, low risk moves and most likely guys that the average football fan has never heard of.
The Eagles plan for free agency is to stay mostly pat and make smart decisions. It is a plan that just might work too.