Matt Peterson tracks the offseason needs of every team in the league. Today’s franchise, the Philadelphia Eagles [full archive here].
Season Recap – 2010 was supposed to be the year of Kevin Kolb. Long time Eagle Donovan McNabb was traded to the divisional-rival Washington Redskins and the stage was set for Kolb. Most people expected a rebuilding year due to the overall inexperience of the team, but when Kolb went down with a concussion in week 1, Comeback Player of the Year Michael Vick took the starting job and never looked back. Vick led the Eagles to a 10-6 record, but a loss to the Packers in the Wild Card round ended any Super Bowl hopes.
1. Right Tackle – Winston Justice is coming off a somewhat serious knee injury and will have to rehab hard this offseason in order to return for 2011. Now that Mike Vick is the starting QB the Eagles are going to want to look for a better blind-side protector. Justice is average at best and would be better served as a backup. Defenses began to send a lot of pressure against Vick late in the season and the Eagles need to do all they can to protect their franchise player. Gabe Carimi would upgrade the RT position tremendously.
2. Interior O-Line – Enough with the Nick Cole and Max Jean-Gilles rotation. The Eagles need a stud in the middle and could potentially have three new starters among the offensive line next season. Jean-Gilles, Nick Cole, and Reggie Wells are free agents meaning Philly will have to fill their spots. Andy Reid is a strong talent evaluator so a potential starter could be found in the middle rounds.
3. Cornerback – Assante Samuel is great but there isn’t much across from him. Dmitri Patterson had a strong start to the season but his play declined and he is a scheduled free agent. 2009 starter Ellis Hobbs was forced into retirement due to a neck injury, which was a major blow for Philadelphia’s secondary. Some think Philly will make a run for Nnamdi Asomugha and others believe they will select one in the draft. If they chose to go the draft, Brandon Harris would be a great fit.
4. Strong Safety - Quintin Mikell is a free agent and knowing Andy Reid, it’s unlikely the soon-to-be 31 year old will be resigned. The Eagles took the step of acquiring free safety Nate Allen last offseason and now have to get a strong safety. DeAndre McDaniel is one of the top SS in the draft.
5. Defensive Tackle – Brodrick Bunkley had an injury-riddled season and was extremely ineffective. Philly has good depth in Antonio Dixon, Mike Patterson, and Trevor Laws but none should be starting. If Philadelphia can get a force inside, it would help free up Trent Cole and Brandon Graham on the outside.