Eagles Stay or Go: Mosh's Part 3

Eagles Stay or Go: Mosh's Part 3

Roseman excited for 'calm offseason'

January 15, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Brandon Graham (left) had three sacks in limited duty this season. Alex Henery (right) has made just one field goal of 50-plus yards in the last two years. (USA Today Images)

FIVE-PART SERIES

Part 1: Mosh | Roob
Part 2: Mosh | Roob

STAY OR GO: YOU VOTE

Brandon Graham
Brandon Graham
Alex Henery
Alex Henery
Todd Herremans
Todd Herremans
Phillip Hunt
Phillip Hunt
Emil Igwenagu
Emil Igwenagu
DeSean Jackson
DeSean Jackson
Damaris Johnson
Damaris Johnson
Keelan Johnson
Keelan Johnson
Lane Johnson
Lane Johnson
Donnie Jones
Donnie Jones
Jason Kelce
Jason Kelce
Dennis Kelly
Dennis Kelly
Mychal Kendricks
Mychal Kendricks

In the third 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 3 is Graham to Kendricks. Here's Roob's.

OLB Brandon Graham: The Eagles are still on the books for about $1.7 million if they cut Graham, who played hard and was productive in limited snaps but really doesn’t belong in a 3-4 scheme. So perhaps Graham sticks around if the Eagles don’t get enough depth at the position in the draft and free agency. He’s been a good soldier and they should let him go find that starter job he seeks. GOES

K Alex Henery: Talk about a major disappointment. When you’re a kicker and you’re drafted in the fourth round, you just need to be better. Even when he was setting franchise accuracy records over his first two seasons, Henery’s lack of big-moment kicks left questions about him. He’s got one year left, but I’d cut the cord now. GOES

RG Todd Herremans: Another tough one to figure out. He started every game for an offensive line that helped LeSean McCoy lead the NFL in rushing and Nick Foles lead the NFL in passer rating, but his pass protection isn’t rock solid and he’s slated to make $3 million. He’ll cost $1.2 million against the cap if he’s cut. Pay cut in store? Perhaps. But he’ll get one more season. STAYS

OLB Phillip Hunt: Tore his ACL in camp, ending his transition from 4-3 defensive end. The Eagles waived him with an injury settlement but still brought him back, so they still see potential in him. I think he’s best suited in a 4-3, but no harm bringing him into camp to compete. STAYS

TE Emil Igwenagu: Could play a bigger role in 2014 than you’d think, especially if the team parts with Brent Celek or James Casey. Igwenagu isn’t a field stretcher by any means, but he’s an excellent blocker and can contribute on special teams. Also can play an H-back-like role. He has value. STAYS

WR DeSean Jackson: Thinks he deserves a pay hike after his career-best season. Hey, I think I should make more money, too. In other news, most Democrats approve of Obamacare and most Republicans don’t. Let’s move on, shall we? STAYS

WR/RS Damaris Johnson: He’s a return specialist who lost his return job. Two years ago, I thought Johnson had the potential to be a dangerous return man. Two years ago, I also thought Mike Piazza would be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. I was wrong on both accounts. GOES

S Keelan Johnson: Was a playmaker at Arizona State but didn’t get to showcase his skills outside of special teams after being promoted from the practice squad. The offseason camps and training camp should show us if he’s an NFL-caliber safety. STAYS

RT Lane Johnson: Had an up-and-down rookie season, but more ups than downs and made the kind of progress you look for in a first-round pick. I think he’ll be a good one for years to come. STAYS

P Donnie Jones: If he’s the only free agent that ends up coming back, then the Eagles did their job, because he’s probably the most irreplaceable of the bunch. Heck, use the franchise tag if you can’t work out a long-term deal. STAYS

C Jason Kelce: Entering the fourth and final year of his rookie deal, Kelce is now eligible for a contract extension, and I imagine the Eagles will reward him with one in the not-so-distant future. STAYS

OT Dennis Kelly: Back surgery interrupted his training camp and enabled rookie free agent Matt Tobin to leapfrog him on the depth chart, but he’ll be back next season and compete to be the primary backup to OTs Jason Peters and Johnson. STAYS

LB Mychal Kendricks: Really came into his own in 2013 and can position himself for a nice payday at this time next season if he makes more strides in 2014. Still has to improve his coverage against tight ends, but he looks like the best linebacker drafted by the Eagles since Jeremiah Trotter. STAYS