Philadelphia Eagles' Offseason Moves Signal Reid's Job Is Safe

Nick Weldon@nickEdubsContributor IJuly 19, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 1:  Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on before a game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field December 1, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. Seahawks won 31-14. (Photo by Jay Drowns/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles saw their roster change little over the 2012 NFL offseason, but fans should realize that their team's few transactions means one big thing: Andy Reid is here to stay.

It began with the contract extension of Todd Herremans, who has proved his versatility along the offensive line over his career.  The former fourth-round draft pick has played every position on the line except center since entering the league in 2005.

The Eagles broke one of their cardinal rules in the Andy Reid/Joe Banner era by granting a contract extension to a player already under contract through his age-29 season.  The five-year deal makes Herremans an Eagle through the 2015-16 season, a long-term commitment for a player who has most likely reached his peak.

Just a day after the Herremans news broke, the Eagles signed another franchise player, the elusive DeSean Jackson.

The rumor mill suggested Jackson would be extended the previous offseason, yet he ended up playing out the final year of his rookie deal.

On March 14, the diva wide receiver finally signed a five-year deal, ending speculation that the Eagles could possibly trade him.

Running back LeSean McCoy signed the last of the big contracts of the offseason, inking a six-year $45 million extension.

So what do all of these moves mean for Andy Reid? It means he has more power than ever.

During the his tenure as head coach, the only thing standing between Reid and complete control over the Eagles' organization was team president Joe Banner.

Banner, frequently cited as a salary cap whiz, served as the team's primary contract negotiator.  Since he joined the Eagles in 1994, very few Eagles players received generous contracts.  As soon as a player hit age 30, it generally meant their tenure with the Eagles was coming to a close.

These recent extensions signaled that Coach Reid had more power than ever and Banner's departure from the team in June all but confirmed it. Various league sources said the pair had clashed over some personnel decisions, specifically regarding DeSean Jackson. In the end, Reid got his a player a new deal, and Banner (voluntarily or not) stepped aside.

Reid, already vice president of football operations, now seemingly has total control of football decisions. Howie Roseman may hold the title of general manager, but Reid has the final say.

The ascension of Reid to his position of power means that unless the Eagles implode this season, his job is safe for some time.  Apparently he thinks the same.

In April, Reid spent a third-round draft pick on Nick Foles, a quarterback from the University of Arizona.  Widely regarded as a long-term developmental project, the rookie just gives Reid another excuse to stick around.

Even though the fanbase is divided about him, the coach long ago gained the trust of owner Jeffrey Lurie, ostensibly the only person who has the power to fire him. So for all those Eagles fans clamoring for Reid's head, do not hold your breath because Big Red is not going anywhere.