It wasn’t until in hindsight, that among those four guys, there was a 25-39 record amassed between the Oakland Raiders (Asomugha), Arizona Cardinals (Rodgers-Cromartie), Tennessee Titans (Young) and Houston Texans (Babin). It was often discussed how some of these guys gave up on their team last season; perhaps it’s because they’re used to playing for teams who are done playing meaningful football by December.
Winning was something these guys weren’t accustomed to, and in their two seasons in Philadelphia – one in Young’s case – winning remained foreign territory for them.
This time around, though, the new Eagles’ regime is doing their homework. So far, the Eagles have netted a handful of players in free agency, none of whom being a superstar. What Philadelphia has done so far is bring in men who are coming fresh off of winning seasons.
Between their signings so far, they have brought in a combined free agency class that boasts a 68-42-1 record. The only men who were on teams below .500 were linebacker Jason Phillips (Panthers) and Bradley Fletcher (St. Louis); both of them are more likely special teams players, too.
Digging deeper into the signings so far, four were on division winners in the AFC (Barwin and Casey with Houston, Chung with New England and Williams with Baltimore). Of course, Cary Williams is coming straight to Philadelphia with a Super Bowl ring, as well.
Issac Sopoaga was also a division winner with the San Francisco 49ers and an NFC Champion, too.
This is exactly the direction the Eagles needed to go in. We’ve seen what happens when bringing in a class of Pro Bowlers and superstars. Perhaps that was just a fluke class, but nonetheless, Chip Kelly, Howie Roseman and the rest of the Eagles’ staff are doing a fine job in free agency.
It seems pretty clear that they want hard-nosed, chip-on-their-shoulder type players who want to win. Philadelphia fans, despite some of the previous questionable moves surrounding the quarterback position, should appreciate that and look forward to these new players competing the entire 60 minutes every game.