The Eagles have been an embarrassment this offseason, and they need to admit their mistake and cut ties with a grossly overpaid veteran.
The Philadelphia Eagles are a proud franchise, but they have made some embarrassing offseason mistakes. One of the most egregious is the contract extension given to Jason Peters. It would be best for the Eagles if they could admit that mistake and cut ties with their grossly overpaid veteran.
Following a Week 6 defeat at home to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Philadelphia Eagles seem to be slowly but surely accepting that they aren’t a competitive football club right now. Jalen Hurts has trouble making basic reads, and the team’s youthful coaching staff seems to be completely lost.
Longtime starting tight end Zach Ertz was dealt to the Arizona Cardinals on Friday morning (October 15), kicking off the Eagles’ renewed commitment to rebuilding.
As the trade deadline approaches, it’s expected that more deals will take place in Philadelphia, with older veterans being offloaded to create room for younger players.
The Eagles need to rebrand themselves as a younger team.
Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/Ryan Kerrigan
The Eagles’ decision to trade Ertz, who is 30 years old, is a step in the right direction as they try to become younger. The harsh truth of the situation, though, is that they still have a long way to go.
The majority of their starting offensive line is made up of seasoned professionals. Their whole starting secondary is made up of veterans. With little fresh talent, the linebacker room is unappealing. The list might go on forever.
The Eagles have few young and potential players worth boasting about, with the exception of DeVonta Smith and Quez Watkins at receiver and perhaps Josh Sweat at defensive end. That’s a bad situation for a club that’s 2-4 after a four-win season.
The Eagles must begin aggressively exchanging older players for younger ones if they are serious about their much-needed reconstruction. This begins with removing as much dead weight as humanly feasible.
At the present, Ryan Kerrigan is squandering a roster slot.
This past offseason, the Eagles had very little cap room to deal with. Philadelphia was not expected to be a big participant in the free agency market. However, in retrospect, their choice to invest what little money they had in more elderly veterans merits further condemnation.
Linebacker Eric Wilson, safety Anthony Harris, cornerback Steven Nelson, and defensive end Ryan Kerrigan were all given contracts by the club. None of these players have had a significant effect, as shown by the team’s poor record.
Kerrigan has been by far the most underwhelming offseason acquisition. During his 10-year career in the nation’s capital, the pass-rusher with the Washington Football Team averaged slightly over 9.0 sacks a season. He’s transformed into a total ghost on the field since moving to Philadelphia.
This season, Kerrigan has recoded one tackle for the Eagles. It’s his lone stat so far this season, and he’s already logged 153 defensive snaps. For a club that was cash-strapped this summer, it’s a poor return on investment. As a rotational pass rusher, Philly anticipated a lot from Kerrigan, especially when regular starter Brandon Graham went down with an Achilles injury that ended his season.
The Eagles must own up to their error and sever connections.
We’re at it again! Kerrigan was a liability on the goalline last week for the @Buccaneers, and #JonathanGannon put the defense in the same situation this week! You could tell it was going to happen!!
15 October 2021 — Seth Joyner (@sethjoyner)
It’s an unpleasant conclusion to reach after just six games, but the Eagles are wasting their time by keeping Kerrigan on the roster right now.
He’s not producing for the defense, and he’s depriving the team’s younger guys of important repetitions. Tarron Jackson, a sixth-round selection, would benefit greatly from increased workload in the future.
The world may never know why the Eagles felt compelled to sign Kerrigan in the first place. Roseman very certainly expected his side to be much more competitive than it has been. Regardless, the front management must accept responsibility for their error and part ways with one of their worst defenders.
Pro Football Reference provided all stats.
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