State of the Eagles (part 3)

  One reason I believe Andy Reid is brilliant is how he has managed to transition out of the Donovan McNabb era. The Eagles have lost William Thomas, Jon Runyan, Jeremiah Trotter, Brian Westbrook, Brian Dawkins, Jevon Kearse, Sheldon Brown, and Lito Sheppard and have not skipped a beat. In fact, dumping all of these overpriced veterans has allowed the Eagles to enjoy one of the lowest payrolls in the league going into 2011. Jason Peters and Asante Samuel are the only two Eagles scheduled to make over $5 million next season. After Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson will likely be added to this list, the Eagles should have in the neighborhood of $60 million in cap space, assuming the new CBA is reached and includes a salary cap. Therefore, there is no excuse for failing to adress our class A need. The Eagles should not lose the bidding war for Nnamdi Asomugha, which may cost us $16 million per season. Should Asomugha choose Jacksonville, Houston, or Detroit instead, the Eagles should look at Jonathan Joseph, who has been very solid for the Bengals the past few seasons. He should cost about half of what Asomugha will get. Carlos Rogers would be the third option should the Eagles miss on both Asomugha and Joseph. Essentially, I want the Eagles to go get a long-term answer at corner and draft a whole bunch of offensive lineman at all three positions. The Eagles, like the rest of America, are out to win the future. How? Spend wisely and draft well.

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