Eagles putting contract talks with pending UFAs on hold

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Perhaps no team has been more proactive in signing their own young players than the Eagles.

But as with many things in Philadelphia, that seems to be changing.

According to Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com, the Eagles haven’t held any contract talks with cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie or any of their other potential unrestricted free agents.

The easy explanation for waiting is to see who the new coach is going to be, to offer him input in the situation.

But unlike years past, the Eagles aren’t overloaded with young stars looking for extensions. Beyond Rodgers-Cromartie, their other pending unrestricted free agents are  offensive lineman King Dunlap, defensive tackle Derek Landri, long snapper Jon Dorenbos, defensive end Darryl Tapp, offensive lineman Jake Scott, linebacker Akeem Jordan and safety and special teamer Colt Anderson.

And even Rodgers-Cromartie isn’t a lock to break the bank, as his own slump this year has mirrored the Eagles season.

“If they pay me, they pay me,” he said. “If they don’t, I ain’t playing  for money. That’s gonna come. I ain’t worried about that.”

The Eagles also haven’t started talks with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin or any of their players whose deals expire after 2013, which is out of character, but also reasonable given the changes that are coming.

18 responses to “Eagles putting contract talks with pending UFAs on hold

  1. I can’t understand this. They have the most talented roster in the NFL. Sign these guys up long term before other teams lure them away with massive dollars.

  2. I guess Lurie is tired of throwing tens of millions of dollars at names, then watching the Reid regime coach them down to fit his “style”. When you think about it, not many “big” FA pickups have worked out for the Eagles. TO, Kearse, Samuel, Rodgers-Cromartie, Spikes, Vick, Asomugha, Babin, VY, Darren Howard, Jenkins. I guess they can point to Runyan and Peters, though Peters is nothing special.

  3. Landri and Dorenbos are the only guys on that list I would definitely want them to re-sign. Neither one will cost that much.

    As for the rest of them, I would proceed with caution which seems to be exactly what they are doing.

    I’m beginning to think the Maclin / Jackson combo doesn’t really work. They are too similar. It’s hard having two small receivers on the field at the same time. The Eagles need a bigger receiver on their roster. A slightly better, faster version of Jason Avant.

  4. Maybe some of these guys arnt as good as advertised? If they were, why are the Eagles sitting in the cellar?

    On top of that, the Eagles have to look at the future of their salary cap. Room today doesnt equal room in future years.

    The Eagles are another team that tried to buy a championship by signing a bunch of “its all me” players. It has never worked and will never work.. ever. Nice try though.

  5. shlort says:
    Dec 19, 2012 11:50 AM
    Maybe some of these guys arnt as good as advertised? If they were, why are the Eagles sitting in the cellar?

    On top of that, the Eagles have to look at the future of their salary cap. Room today doesnt equal room in future years.

    The Eagles are another team that tried to buy a championship by signing a bunch of “its all me” players. It has never worked and will never work.. ever. Nice try though.

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    Well I agree that that have been spending money freely. But you have no clue what you are talking about. They have been excellent at managing the cap the last decade. And they still have plenty of cap room. So the comment about money later is completely untrue. That is what they do best as far as setting themselves up for the future (almost to a fault)

    So you have been dismissed as a troll

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