By Corbin Smith
En route to the franchise’s first Super Bowl title, the Philadelphia Eagles turned over their roster in two seasons thanks to shrewd free agency signings, aggressive trades, and savvy drafting.
As the Seattle Seahawks try to recover from a disappointing campaign that ended with a thud and no playoff appearance for the first time in six seasons, the front office and coaching staff can learn some valuable lessons from the NFL’s latest champion.
After Doug Pederson replaced Chip Kelly as the Eagles coach in 2016 and Howie Roseman returned to his post as executive vice president of football operations, the front office jettisoned many players that Kelly himself had handpicked for his team. Several key veterans, including fan favorite running back LeSean McCoy and former free agent signing Byron Maxwell were dealt, while first-round busts such as defensive end Marcus Smith eventually were sent packing.
Fans didn’t necessarily appreciate many of these moves at the time, but Roseman created an abundance of cap space for the Eagles to be aggressive courting free agents last winter.
These signings proved to be a game changer, as Philadelphia replenished the roster by adding wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, defensive end Chris Long, offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski, and quarterback Nick Foles. In addition, Roseman also added veteran running back LeGarrette Blount in May and later swung deals to acquire defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, defensive back Ronald Darby, and running back Jay...