To say that the Philadelphia Eagles have a lot of work to do under new head coach Chip Kelly would be a drastic understatement. The Eagles are officially in a rebuilding phase and wouldn't be foolish to completely rebuild the entire roster during the next six months.
This past season, the Eagles were one of the worst teams in the National Football League, collecting just four victories, including losses in 11 of their final 12 games. Their eight-game losing streak after a 3-1 stretch sealed the fate of Andy Reid, who was immediately fired following the end of the season.
This offseason, the Eagles have already begun the complicated reconstructive process of their once-proud franchise. Veteran quarterback Michael Vick was re-signed to a one-year deal, while former University of Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon was signed because of his familiarity with Kelly's offense.
The Eagles also cut veteran defensive tackles Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson, increasing the likelihood that the team uses a 3-4 defensive front next season.
The team will look to address a lot of its needs in April's draft, but before the draft even begins, the Eagles have the beginning of free agency. Their initial decisions will involve what to do with the eight free agents on their own roster, beginning with former Pro Bowl cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and ending with long snapper Jon Dorenbos.
Only one of the eight players is a potential starter, no matter which team he ends up on. Regardless, the Eagles will likely look to re-sign at least a couple of the players, as all have the capability to contribute as key backups on the 2013 roster.
The eight players are as follows: guard Jake Scott, tackle King Dunlap, defensive tackle Derek Landri, defensive end Darryl Tapp, linebacker Akeem Jordan, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, safety Colt Anderson and long snapper Jon Dorenbos.