Philadelphia Eagles' Blueprint for Winning Free Agency

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Philadelphia Eagles' Blueprint for Winning Free Agency
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The Philadelphia Eagles will begin the official free agency period with a head start over the other NFL teams, as they’ve already retained a slew of their own players.

Offensive linemen Jason Peters and Jason Kelce have been re-signed, locking up the core of a top-notch offensive line. Wide receivers Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin were retained as well, the former to a team-friendly five-year deal and the latter to a one-year deal at a bargain price.

General manager Howie Roseman’s tremendous ability to manage the salary cap on a yearly basis has put the Eagles in a top-notch financial situation. Per EaglesCap.com, Philly enters the free agency period a full $24 million under the cap, meaning there is money to spend should the team want to get aggressive and grab a big-name player.

The Eagles will have to be careful not to go overboard on their signings, though. No fan will soon forget the miserable "Dream Team" acquisitions that backfired, led by $60 million free-agent cornerback bust Nnamdi Asomugha. But Philadelphia does need some key players, particularly a proven player in the secondary.

Here are five moves that can help Chip Kelly’s Eagles repeat as NFC East champions.

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