I hope this isn't merged into the off-season thread, so people can offer their thoughts on the off-season thus far.
On defense, thus far, the Eagles off-season has been a joke, a complete joke. We have tons of cap space and money, and got second tier players. Our biggest need was safety, and we addressed that by signing Malcom Jenkins, even though players like Jairus Byrd etc etc were available.
We re-signed Nate Allen to a 1 year, 2 million dollar contract, and the Texas just signed Chris Clemons, a better safety to a two year 2.7 million dollar deal. A better safety than Nate Allen in every aspect and only 1 year older. We signed a bunch of special teams players along with Nolan Carroll.
Our defense needed to improve on every level, we needed better safties, an elite pass-rusher, and CB/D-Line could definitely be upgraded. Safety was addressed with Jenkins, (although we could have done better), many pass-rushers in this draft came and gone. Shaun Phillips, who had 10 sacks last season and 75+ for his career, a pass rusher in a 3-4 scheme in San Diego signed for 2 years and 6 million.... With Revis out there, we only signed Nolan Carroll, a guy I don't even believe will see much playing time, a back-up.
We traded for Darren Sproles, awesome player, but Sproles in this offense is a luxury, not a need. Shady McCoy is 10x better, and he himself is one of the best receiving backs in the NFL. He had 500+ yards receiving last season for gods sake. Bryce Brown as a back-up was just fine in this offense. The reason I am "okay" with this deal is just because I believe Sproles is a quality receiving back and can limit McCoy's plays and hits and help prolong his career. But this trade was a luxury, by no means a need.
Second, we released DeSean Jackson. This guy was electric. Two guys are needed to cover him, as no corner back in this god-damn league can match this guys speed. He opened the field up for every player on this field, and was a large part of McCoy and Coopers success. To those arguing Maclin can come in and replace Jackson, he was a solid receiver before injury yes, but he was never the type of elite play-maker Jackson was. Plus coming off ACL injury, you cannot expect everybody to come back like Adrian Peterson and tear the league up. I truly believe our offense was built to beat Seattle's defense. Our O-line is physical and fast and as good as Sherman is, he can not match-up with Jackson 1-1, and would need some safety help opening the field up for our tight ends and Cooper/Maclin. Seattle cannot stack 8 in the box to stop McCoy with Jackson on this team.
IF DeSean Jackson was going to be released or traded from the start, why the **** did we wait to do it till the end of March. The money we add to our cap space by releasing/trading him could have been used to sign a replacement type WR or defensive player. Names off the top of my head are Emmanuel Sanders or a Julian Edleman type receiver. Everybody argues Chip's system made Jackson this successful, but it works both ways, Jackson's talents made Chip's system work well, and he was THE PERFECT fit in our offense. Our attempts to ruin Jackson's reputation are a complete joke, because the guy associated with Jackson in the shooting was acquitted over a year ago. The Eagles "Character Concerns", is just Chip Kelley not wanting Jackson.
Finally, the release of Jackson leads me to believe the Eagles taking a play-maker WR with their first pick, which was supposed to be a pick used on an elite defensive play-makers. The organization which was known for second chances is changing due to Chip Kelley thinking he is some mastermind and can take anyone and make them elite. This isn't college, its the NFL Chip.