Because the Giants enter a pivotal offseason and new common supervisor Dave Gettleman makes an attempt to repair a roster that produced essentially the most disappointing marketing campaign in franchise historical past, the panorama of the NFC East seems starkly totally different than it did in August. And that is dangerous information for Large Blue.
The Eagles are Tremendous Bowl champions for the primary time in franchise historical past, after toppling the Patriots Sunday night time in Minneapolis. They received with out their beginning quarterback, Carson Wentz, who suffered a season-ending knee harm in Week 14. They received with out their beginning left deal with, Jason Peters, who tore his ACL and MCL in October. They usually received with out their beginning center linebacker, Jordan Hicks, who ruptured his Achilles tendon in the identical sport as Peters’ harm.
Which is to say: The Eagles took dwelling the Lombardi Trophy because of their depth, a testomony to common supervisor Howie Roseman, who rebuilt the roster in lower than two years after the disastrous Chip Kelly period. And given how Roseman has managed his cap area, the Eagles ought to – and sure will – contend for titles in 2018 and 2019.
On the crux of that is Wentz, a quarterback who, earlier than tearing the ACL and LCL in his left knee, was the frontrunner for MVP whereas enjoying on an especially cost-friendly rookie contract. Wentz dealt the Eagles a cap hit of simply greater than $6 million this previous season, a mere three.6% of the staff’s complete cap area, which ranked 28th amongst quarterbacks to begin a minimum of 4 video games this season. Wentz completed with the fifth-best passer ranking among the many identical eligible signal-callers.
That is the perfect situation for common managers within the league proper now: Quarterbacks on rookie contracts enjoying at an elite degree. The Rams’ Jared Goff is an effective instance. Dak Prescott in Dallas is one other – which solely makes the Giants’ street again to success much more tough.
Largely due to Wentz’s contract, the Eagles had been in a position to construct a Tremendous Bowl-caliber roster round their younger quarterback. They added extensive receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith in free company. They had been in a position to give Nick Foles an above-market-level contract to be their backup quarterback, a transfer that proved to be paramount within the Eagles’ title run.
The massive contracts given to defensive deal with Fletcher Cox, defensive ends Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry, offensive deal with Lane Johnson, tight finish Zach Ertz and security Malcolm Jenkins, amongst others – all signed earlier than Wentz’s rookie season – had been palatable due to the area created by Wentz’s contract.
And Roseman ought to be capable of maintain this nucleus collectively for the subsequent two seasons. Beneath present cap projections from OverTheCap.com, Wentz will take up four.1% of the Eagles’ cap area in 2018 and four.5% in 2019 – each very small numbers when you think about Eli Manning will take up over 12% of the Giants’ area in each of those self same seasons. (Prescott, for what it is value, will take up zero.four% of the Cowboys’ area in 2018, then will probably re-negotiate his deal after the season, when NFL guidelines permit him to take action.)
Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots at U.S. Financial institution Stadium
The query, after all, is what the Eagles will do with Foles, who can have a cap hit of four.three% subsequent season based mostly on the present cap projection of round $178 million.
Roseman may commerce Foles for draft-pick compensation, which might then permit the Eagles so as to add extra low-budget expertise. However nobody is certain when Wentz will likely be able to return to sport motion, and protecting Foles is a brilliant insurance coverage coverage for Philly.
The Eagles are at the moment about $10 million over the cap for 2018 and might want to make some cuts and hard choices to get below the projected $178 million.
Nonetheless, they’ve appreciable flexibility due to Wentz’s contract.
The Eagles aren’t going wherever.
And between them and Cowboys, the Giants have their palms full.