It seems safe now to say with most of the top players under contract, but for a few minor moves, the Philadelphia Eagles foray into free agency is over. While their offseason has been anything but quiet though, the Birds failed to address what many pundits believed were their biggest priorities.
Aside from signing safety Malcolm Jenkins and trading for running back Darren Sproles from the New Orleans Saints, the Eagles made few moves of consequence at all. That is, of course, aside from releasing DeSean Jackson.
Jackson’s departure didn’t fill any holes. All that did was potentially dig one.
Wide receiver is obviously going to be a huge need as the organization’s eyes turn to May’s draft, which is now just a month away. To what degree is certainly up for some debate, given the lack of blockbuster moves has left the roster aging, depleted or both at a number of key positions.
Fortunately for the Eagles, it would seem this is all part of the blueprint. General manager Howie Roseman has reiterated a number of times this offseason, as he did once more to Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News back in February, that the front office wants to build its core through the draft.
They’re certainly giving themselves that chance. The Eagles have a lot of work to do yet this offseason to continue transforming this franchise from 10-6 NFC East champions-turned-first-round-playoff exiters into perennial Super Bowl contenders. Here's where they should start.