Eagles Stay or Go: Mosh's Part 1

Eagles Stay or Go: Mosh's Part 1

What to take away from the Eagles' season

January 13, 2014, 12:30 pm
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Jason Avant (left) had 38 catches for 447 yards and two TDs this season. James Casey caught three balls for 31 yards. (USA Today Images)

Stay or Go: You Vote

Emmanuel Acho
Emmanuel Acho
Nate Allen
Nate Allen
Colt Anderson
Colt Anderson
Jason Avant
Jason Avant
Brandon Bair
Brandon Bair
Michael Bamiro
Michael Bamiro
Allen Barbre
Allen Barbre
Matt Barkley
Matt Barkley
Connor Barwin
Connor Barwin
Arrelious Benn
Arrelious Benn
Brandon Boykin
Brandon Boykin
Bryce Brown
Bryce Brown
Roc Carmichael
Roc Carmichael
James Casey
James Casey

In the first part of our five-part offseason series examining the future of the Philadelphia Eagles, Geoff Mosher and Reuben Frank give their opinions on who will be and who won't be on the roster come the start of training camp. We go alphabetically -- part 1 is Acho to Casey. Here's Roob's.

LB Emmanuel Acho: Remember the outcry when the Eagles cut him after his excellent preseason? Acho has some potential, enough to deserve a chance to come back and compete for another backup job. STAYS

S Nate Allen: Give him credit. When nobody thought he’d make the team, Allen not only stuck around but also started all 17 games, and he played fairly consistently. But it’s time to move on. Bring in some fresh blood. An extension for Allen isn’t necessary. Get someone younger who can also play special teams if he doesn’t start. GOES

S Colt Anderson: Anderson’s only value is on special teams, which doesn’t cut it on Chip Kelly’s team. Kelly wants versatile athletes who can play myriad roles, not one-dimensional types -- even if Anderson’s dimension is pretty good. GOES

WR Jason Avant: His catches took a major dip and he’s bound for a reduced role in 2014, but he’s under contract for one more year at a reasonable price and the Eagles stand to lose some receivers in free agency. They need Avant’s veteran presence. STAYS

DE Brandon Bair: He’s an interesting prospect given his Oregon roots and his size (6-6. 285). Kelly likes long, slender-framed defensive players, and Bair fits the bill. Nothing wrong with keeping him at camp to compete with other defensive ends. STAYS

OL Michael Bamiro: Though he’s incredibly raw and way behind the other reserve linemen, he’s 6-foot-8 and 340 pounds, so no reason to give up on him now. With another offseason, and maybe another year on the practice squad, Bamiro might eventually be a real find. STAYS

OL Allen Barbre: Came from nowhere to become the top offensive line backup, but the Eagles have Matt Tobin and Dennis Kelly waiting in the wings and almost certainly will add at least one more in the draft. No reason to keep him around as bottom-roster type. GOES

QB Matt Barkley: Barkley will compete for the backup job to Nick Foles next season. Another offseason and training camp should give him a chance to change the minds of some of his skeptics. STAYS

OLB Connor Barwin: He could be even better next year, especially in the pass rush, if the Eagles put a pure 3-4 outside linebacker on the other side. STAYS

WR Arrelious Benn: Said he’d change his offseason training in attempt to avoid the injuries that have derailed his once-promising career. But the Eagles should look elsewhere for receiver depth. GOES

CB Brandon Boykin: Ain’t going nowhere, capiche? STAYS

RB Bryce Brown: Honestly, with Chris Polk and Matthew Tucker as backups to LeSean McCoy, the Eagles should see if they could get a draft pick (third or fourth round?) in exchange for Brown, who might have starting potential but won’t for the Eagles unless McCoy gets hurt. STAYS

CB Roc Carmichael: Played well early when Bradley Fletcher got hurt but had some miscues as the season progressed. Still young, so why not keep him around to compete with draft picks or free agents? STAYS

TE James Casey: Cutting him would cost the Eagles $2 million. Cutting Brent Celek would cost the Eagles nothing. See what I’m getting at? With Zach Ertz as the No. 1 now, Celek could get pushed out the door for cap reasons (unless he takes a pay cut) and Casey could become the new No. 2. Either way, I don’t see the Eagles writing Casey a $2 million check to go somewhere else. STAYS