The Philadelphia Eagles' front office operates with an organizational transparency on par with that of the Secret Service. Simply put, Andy Reid, Joe Banner and Howie Roseman are anything but forthcoming with information that may shed light on their intentions at any given time.
Given this persistent shroud of secrecy, determining where the Eagles stand in their own opinion becomes a study of the team's transactions and the NFL rumor mill. Such reading between the lines can reveal far more about the team than any Andy Reid press conference.
Take the events of 2007, for example. Quarterback Donovan McNabb was coming off back-to-back seasons where he missed significant portions of time due to injury and the viability of relying on him to be the Eagles' answer at quarterback for the foreseeable future was coming into question. Publicly, Reid defended his man, unequivocally throwing his support behind the beleaguered quarterback. Yet fans saw Reid's hand when the Eagles used their first pick in the 2007 NFL draft to take Kevin Kolb, a quarterback from the University of Houston. Any fan can deduce that a team doesn't use a valuable second-round pick on insurance against the possibility of future injury; it was clear that the Eagles were losing confidence in McNabb.
After the disaster that was the 2011 season, questions swirled around the NovaCare Complex. Who would pay the price for the Eagles' utter failure? How would the team improve its most obvious area of need at linebacker? Would DeSean Jackson be back? Andy Reid was hounded with these questions and others after the conclusion of the most disappointing season in recent franchise history. While his answers at the time revealed little as usual, the Eagles moves thus far this offseason have revealed a lot.
With the first few weeks of free agency in the books and the draft fast approaching, here are five things we've learned about the 2012 Philadelphia Eagles so far this offseason.