PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Eagles have made plenty of changes at the quarterback position this offseason.
After re-signing Sam Bradford, adding Chase Daniel, and releasing Mark Sanchez, the Eagles traded up from No. 13 to No. 8 and then from No. 8 to No. 2, and drafted quarterback Carson Wentz.
They couldn’t have planned that, right?
“I can honestly say Angelo [Cataldi], that I’ve never had any differing thoughts because we already had made those decisions,” Eagles executive vice president of personnel Howie Roseman told the 94WIP Morning Show on Monday. “And we had already gone into it with a plan. So the ‘what if’ game, that’s a hard one to play.
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“I think the plan is really good. I also felt like Sam had a tremendous minicamp, he had a really good offseason. And Chase looks really good. He’s got such good knowledge of this offense. So, obviously we’re sitting here in June, but when you look at that position right now and kind of circle back to where we were in January, it’s exciting just to think about where we could be at the most important position maybe in sports.”
With Bradford’s new two-year $35 million contract and Daniel’s new three-year $21 million contract — plus Wentz and his four-year $26 million rookie deal — the Eagles have up to $82 million tied up at the QB position.
“Oh it’s always about the quarterback,” Roseman explained. “I think that’s why that we put so many resources into that position because when we look at successful football teams over a period of time, no one is going anywhere without high level play from the quarterback position. So, I think that’s fair when you look at that to evaluate that quarterback position and then look at that whole team. But the flip side of that is that, if you have a really good quarterback and he’s playing at a high level and you’re not able to surround him with pieces on both sides of the ball you have no chance anyway.”
Wentz, at 6’5″, 220-pounds, has elite skills that have already been on display. Roseman has been impressed.
“Every day he makes a play that makes you go wow,” Roseman said of Wentz. “He’s got that set of physical tools. He’s big, he’s strong, he’s athletic. I think that’s kind of the funny thing is you sit around watching him at practice, and all the sudden he takes off and runs and you go, ‘Oh yeah he can do that too.'”