NFL At Large: The Eagles Are Purging Their Roster of Chip Kelly’s Acquistions. 

Meet Howie Roseman. The man who cleaned house after Chip Kelly.

Apparently the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t just want to fire Chip Kelly, they also wanted to move on from some of the players he acquired last off season. In the span of three hours, the Eagles traded linebacker Kiko Alonso and cornerback Byron Maxwell to the Miami Dolphins and running back Demarco Murray to the Tennessee Titans for draft compensation. Both deals will become official later on this week.

The Eagles will save roughly $20 million dollars in salary next season, not counting the reminder of each player’s contracts. On the surface, this looks like an Eagles rebuild but it’s not. GM Howie Roseman is simply moving three big contracts that he didn’t acquire. In essence, he’s purging the roster of Chip Kelly’s guys. All three were overpaid and didn’t fit the plans of the new coaching staff.

Look, it’s no secret what’s going on here. A new broom sweeps clean and Roseman is cleaning house. He didn’t acquire Maxwell, Alonso or Murray. He probably didn’t want to sign any of them but he didn’t have a say last off-season. It was Chip Kelly’s show. Now it’s Howie’s show and the Eagles are starting over.

In fairness to Roseman, he didn’t make these moves to spite Kelly. He made the moves to create cap space so that the Eagles could re-sign Fletcher Cox and to add free agents that fit what Doug Pederson and his staff want. It’s really nothing more than that.

Tis the season for roster shake ups in the NFL. With the new league year starting on Wednesday, teams have made moves to clear cap space so that they pursue some of the top free agents on the market. The Eagles are no different. They want to improve their roster and in order to do that, Roseman had to move on from some of Kelly’s mistakes. Call it a purge, call it what ever you want. The Eagles will be a different team next season.

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