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What is Howie up to?

Louie DiBiase

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Howie Roseman and the Eagles front office has been busy the last couple days.

After handing out contract extensions to DE Brandon Graham, and two core pieces of the offensive line in C Jason Kelce and LG Issac Seumalo, Philadelphia then began clearing salary cap space.

They declined DT Tim Jernigan’s $7 million option and restructured LT Lane Johnson’s contract.

All these moves have many wondering, what is Roseman up to?

Are they gearing up to go deep sea fishing in free agency? Could decisions on Michael Bennett, Chris Long, Jason Peters, and Nelson Agholor also hint at the intentions of the front office on March 13th?

The first player that comes to mind is Le’Veon Bell. Bell has repeatedly dropped hints that he would be interested in signing with the Eagles. These moves have certainly made it easier for Philadelphia to pay Bell or another big free agent. It could also become even more doable with moves like a potential contract extension for Agholor, parting ways with Long.

It is more likely however that this money is being moved around to keep in-house pieces, along with cheaper, more complimentary free agent signings.

Roseman even said it at the Combine that the Eagles want to spend their money on the players that have made Philadelphia an NFL powerhouse the past two seasons.

That has been the case so far with the extensions of Graham, Kelce, and Seumalo. All three will be key pieces moving forward. It also isn’t a necessity now to move on from players like Peters, Bennett, or Agholor.

You can still expect Roseman to be aggressive this offseason. Not just with free agent signings but trades too.

Additions will likely be younger, cheaper players who fell out of favor based on scheme, other talents on the roster, or non-football related elements.

The report that the Eagles are interested in Browns RB Duke Johnson lines up with this theory. Johnson is only 25 years old and is making under $6 million annually for the next three years.

He has produced through the run and passing game (121 receptions the last two seasons) every year in Cleveland since being a third-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. The only reason the Browns are making him available is the emergence of Nick Chubb and the addition of Kareem Hunt.

That is the exact kind of player Roseman has targeted the last three offseasons, and will likely continue to go after.

A splash move in free agency could still be in the works. The salary cap has never stopped them before and it looks like they are in good shape again this offseason. The extensions this weekend and links to available players just tell a different story.

Louie, an Eagles, and NFL enthusiast all his life has finally found his home to share his thousands of takes on the Philadelphia Eagles with Locked on Eagles. Louie also works in Buffalo sports radio as a writer, host, and producer for WGR Sports Radio 550 the official home of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. He may be far from the nest, but Louie bleeds green just like the rest of Eagles Nation. Fly Eagles Fly.

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