Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman does not sound like a man who wants to spend a lot of money in free agency.
Roseman says the Eagles aren’t necessarily opposed to signing a high-priced player, but he’s adamant that he won’t pay a good player like a great player.
“I’d say if there was a player who was kind of in the right age group as a free agent, played an important position who we thought could be around for a long time, we would certainly be open to [a lucrative, long-term deal],” Roseman said, via CSNPhilly.com. “But you see there are fewer and fewer of those players available in free agency, so what happens is good players get great player money, pretty good players get really good player money, and then it throws around the whole structure of your roster.
Roseman believes that paying players more than they’re worth is a recipe to find yourself in bad salary cap shape.
“So you have to be very careful in free agency, and I think what worked last year was based on the free-agent market,” Roseman said. “You’ve got to really make sure you’re in line with what the free agent market is and not try to force anything.”
Roseman’s way of thinking makes a lot of sense. Building a good football team is about a lot more than spending a fortune on a few high-profile free agents.