By Mo Brewington
When Howie Roseman first regained control of the Eagles personnel department in 2016, one his first orders of business was re-signing many of the team’s best young players to contract extensions.
It was a show of commitment to a group who had just endured three seasons of turbulence under Chip Kelly, a coach who didn’t always seem to value his most important asset — the people around him.
The move was criticized because the team spent an incredible $280 million dollars in guaranteed money in one offseason. In June of that year, Roseman offered a strong explanation for why these extensions had to be made then, rather than down the road.
“We felt like there were a bunch of players we wanted to keep here, and for us to have a run of sustained success — like we were fortunate to have from 1999 to 2008 where we went to five championship games — that we needed some continuity,” Roseman said.
“The longer that we wait on contracts for players, the closer they get to free agency, the more it’s going to cost us. It’s just the nature of the...