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And that facelift has translated into addition by subtraction. First Kiko Alonso (LB) and Byron Maxwell (CB) were shipped to the Miami Dolphins along with the Eagles #13th pick of the first round in exchange for the #8th pick in the draft. In essence, the Eagles shaved an extra $6 million dollars off of the cap giving the team roughly 24 million dollars to play with. Two of Chip Kelly's mistakes gone...check. The team next shipped DeMarco Murray (RB) to the Tennessee Titans along with a 4th round pick in exchange for the Titan's 4th round pick. This move was another cap savvy deal to afford the Eagles more wiggle room in free agency. Another one of Chips retreads gone...check. Finally, Walter Thurmond (CB) is set to retire which would the fourth player of Kelly's tenure to go.
When Chip traded LeSean McCoy for Kiko Alonso it left many of us scratching our heads. Then the Eagles threw that huge contract at Byron Maxwell, who was basically the jayvee cornerback of the Seattle Seahawks' "Legion of Boom." This was followed by an even more puzzling move when Kelly brought DeMarco Murray into the fold. The Eagles already had Darren Sproles and Ryan Matthews on their roster and now they had over 20 million dollars tied up at the running back position. Needless to say, Murray did not fit the Eagles offense and was a terrible disappointment. Kelly also let Todd Herremans and Evan Mathis (OL) both walk along with Jeremy Maclin which left another gaping hole at the wide receiver position.
So fast forward to the second week of free agency. Chip Kelly is now in San Francisco. Alonso, Maxwell, Murray, and Thurmond are gone. The Eagles have signed two quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel to give the team a dual threat at the position. They have signed Ron Brooks (CB), Nigel Bradham (LB), Brandon Brooks (OG), Rodney McLeod (S), Leodis McKelvin (CB). The team also resigned star safety Malcolm Jenkins and are in the process of renegotiating the contract of one Fletcher Cox. Moreover, the team also traded Mark Sanchez (QB) and released Brandon Bair (DE). In conclusion, Howie Roseman has been extremely busy during the first week of free agency.
The organization is trying to have a quick turnaround after Chip Kelly dismantled the team in less than one season. Among the trades and signings, the team has also put itself in a very good position come draft time. There are still plenty of holes that the team must address. However; they have had a good beginning and seem to have a detailed plan of execution. Only time will tell what the future holds for this once proud franchise. There are still many weeks of free agency left. The draft is well over one month away still. But one thing is for sure; Kelly and his chips have been tossed aside and this is now Howie's machine to operate.