Roseman didn't reveal any secrets on Wednesday. In a very short period of time the emphasis will shift to the college all-star season and March's free agency period. Back then, the Eagles were coming off the messy departure from head coach Chip Kelly and they were in search of a foundation to the organization's football side.
Roseman was asked about the salary cap and some of its space-eaters, such as left tackle Jason Peters, who will count almost $12 million against the cap and turn 35 in a couple weeks, and defensive end Connor Barwin, who will count $8.3 million, and if there is a salary fit for free agent defensive tackle Bennie Logan. Which really helps explain a mediocre 100-91 record since 2007 with postseason success just once in the last 10 years.
The Eagles recouped some of the draft picks they traded away for Wentz by trading Sam Bradford to Minnesota.
The season wasn't satisfactory, as Roseman emphasized several times on Wednesday.
The Eagles started the season 3-0, but a five-game losing streak took them out of the running for the playoffs.
"Carson missed the final three preseason games (and) missed a month of Training Camp. He was notified he was the starting quarterback eight days before the start of the season", Roseman said. "(With) his competitive fire, his intangible skill set, his physical skill set, we couldn't be more excited about the things that he brings to the table and see what he's going to do with a full offseason and opportunity to grow here in year two.
"As for Doug, you talk about facing adversity". They point to six losses by one score or less and figure they would've made it this season if right tackle Lane Johnson hadn't been suspended 10 games. "We certainly want to have him back". "But the reality is that when we made this decision to trade up for the quarterback, we're going to build around him". When we re-signed Fletch (Fletcher Cox), we knew we had a 25-year-old we were going to build around. "And after talking about the corner position with the coaches, we were concerned about getting the same value if it was the same situation going forward and obviously you can only deal with the information you have at the time". We are going to be disciplined with our process, and we are going to do the right things for this football team."That means fielding a team that wins enough games to get a first-round playoff bye and home field advantage, as the Eagles did while going to three straight NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl from 2003-05.The Eagles haven't won a playoff game since 2008, when they made it to the NFC championship as a nine-win wild card".
As of this moment, next year is under construction for the Birds, and Roseman will be the foreman, with, he insists, player personnel honchos Joe Douglas and Andy Weidl doing a lot of the heavy lifting.
While the Eagles' cornerbacks struggled this year, Rowe is reportedly playing well in New England, who owns the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs.
Roseman said he will lean heavily on them in making draft day decisions. The Eagles have some flexibility within the salary cap, but not a ridiculous amount, as some teams do. He's involved in every discussion we have about building this team, and I think we'll start seeing dividends."Roseman also praised head coach Doug Pederson for the job he did in his first season while dealing with several hard situations."He does a great job with our rookie quarterback and the rest of our team, and it's a tremendous tribute to him and his character for what he went through this year and how the team played for him", Roseman said".
The Eagles can't fall in love with players.
There will be no more Band-Aids, Roseman said, and maybe in saying so sort of tipped his hand on which way the Birds could lean in the draft. That has to show up in the draft. "I could say sitting up here, it was challenging", he said. "He's (Douglas) got a way of looking and evaluating players that is different than what we've done in the past".