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Howie Roseman and the front office need to face the music as the Philadelphia Eagles enter the 2024 offseason. The disastrous playoff loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers culminated the embarrassing finish to the 2023 season. No team that loses six of its final seven games can afford to run back the same roster.

The immediate offseason questions from 97.5 The Fanatic and the Philadelphia media will focus on the future of Nick Sirianni and other potential changes on the coaching staff.

However, questions about personnel that failed the Eagles down the stretch need to be answered.

Changes on Eagles Offense

The Eagles began the 2023 season with a 10-1 record that never fully convinced the fan base that Super Bowl contention was in order. Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia offense stole multiple games that looked like losses to earn that 10-1 record.

The lack of a developing identity eventually showed itself. Hurts, A.J. Brown, and other top contributors on offense failed to pick the team up out of the rut and change the direction of the season once the losing stretch began.

The looming retirement of Jason Kelce, first reported by Adam Schefter, is a key loss. Cam Jurgens will presumably take over a position that has been a strength of the Eagles offense during some of the most successful seasons in franchise history. The shuffle will mean a vacancy at right guard. Will the Eagles try to fill the hole with an in-house replacement? Will they look to make or a move in free agency?

Besides replacing a six-time All-Pro, the Eagles need to address the shortcomings of a unit that was supposed to carry them into Super Bowl contention. The Eagles will pick late in the 1st round of the 2024 NFL Draft. They also own two 2nd-round picks that will allow them to acquire premium talent.

Which of the 26 players carry blame enough to force a change? How does that blame impact the approach that Roseman will take during the offseason?

Philadelphia Eagles 2024 Offseason Stay Or Go: Defense (Coming on Jan. 18)

  • Quarterbacks

  • Jalen Hurts

    Hurts didn’t have an excellent season in 2023. His agility and explosiveness as a runner didn’t help the offense like it did in 2022, and he carelessly turned the ball over at a rate well above his career average. However, there’s no chance the Eagles look to make a change at starting quarterback this offseason.


    Jalen Hurts

  • Marcus Mariota

    Hurts stayed relatively healthy, and the Eagles didn’t play in many blowout games that gave Mariota a chance to take snaps. There is not enough of a sample size with the Eagles to judge the performance of the former Heisman Trophy winner in regular-season action.

    While the Eagles have a preference for backups with starting experience, they could bring in a free agent upgrade even if they aren’t comfortable with Tanner McKee on the second team.


    Marcus Mariota, Philadelphia Eagles

  • Tanner McKee

    McKee was never expected to make an immediate impact. He performed well during the preseason, and the organization will hang onto him as their second or third quarterback in 2024.


    Tanner McKee, Philadelphia Eagles

  • Running Backs

  • D'Andre Swift

    The Eagles don’t typically value running backs as a top priority. Allowing Miles Sanders to leave in free agency and acquiring Swift for a minimal trade package demonstrated those feelings.

    Swift carried the ball 229 times in 2023, shattering his previous career-high of 151. A running back coming off a 1000-yard season will command more money in free agency than the Eagles will offer.


    D'Andre Swift, Philadelphia Eagles

  • Kenny Gainwell

    Nick Sirianni values Kenny Gainwell highly, for better or for worse. Even if the head coach doesn’t return, Gainwell is a serviceable back on an affordable rookie contract.


    Kenny Gainwell of the Philadelphia Eagles

  • Boston Scott

    The Giants bit was fun while it lasted. The Boston Scott era might’ve finally run its course after the 5-foot-6 back only had 24 offensive touches on the season.


    Boston Scott, Philadelphia Eagles

  • Rashaad Penny

    Penny never found a role with the Eagles. It’s surprising that they kept him on the roster the entire season. He was a liability as a pass blocker, and he shouldn’t return in 2024.


    Jalen Hurts and Rashaad Penny of the Philadelphia Eagles

  • Wide Receivers

  • A.J. Brown

    A.J. Brown proved himself as one of the best wide receivers in the NFL with a torrid stretch during the middle of the 2023 season. His production dipped down the stretch, but there’s no reason to think he won’t return next season.


    A.J. Brown

  • DeVonta Smith

    The Eagles will have to consider signing DeVonta Smith to a contract extension during the offseason. He is a core piece of their future.


    DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles

  • Quez Watkins

    The Eagles probably could’ve used an upgrade over Quez Watkins after his disappointing performance in Super Bowl LVII. Another underwhelming effort that included a noticeably decreased role late in the season should end his Eagles career as he enters free agency.


    Quez Watkins

  • Julio Jones

    Signing one of the best wide receivers in the history of the game didn’t seem like a bad idea. However, Julio Jones doesn’t have a long-term role with the Eagles.


    Julio Jones, Philadelphia Eagles

  • Olamide Zaccheaus

    The St. Joe’s Prep storyline sounded interesting at the beginning of 2023, but national announcers pounded it into the ground throughout the season. Zaccheaus took advantage of the opportunities he got on a one-year deal, but the Eagles never gave him enough of a role to justify signing the impending free agent to another contract.


    Olamide Zaccheaus, Philadelphia Eagles Week 7 starters

  • Britain Covey

    Although he doesn’t play a significant role on offense, Covey offers enough value on special teams to keep a roster spot. He finished first in the NFL in punt return yards and second in punt return average in 2023.


    Britain Covey, Philadelphia Eagles

  • Tight Ends

  • Dallas Goedert

    Goedert didn’t play as big of a role in the offense this season as he might’ve hoped. However, he’ll return as a key piece of the attack in 2024.


    Dallas Goedert

  • Jack Stoll

    The Eagles trust Jack Stoll as a blocker. They’ve had chances to add a better receiving tight end behind Goedert, but they haven’t made it a priority. Until they prove differently, it’s hard to see them moving on from Stoll.


    Jack Stoll, Philadelphia Eagles

  • Grant Calcaterra

    Calcaterra didn’t make significant progress after a strong rookie season in 2022. Without obvious competition behind Goedert, he’ll most likely return in a depth role next season.


    Grant Calcaterra, Philadelphia Eagles

  • Albert Okwuegbunam

    Okwuegbunam never justified a preseason trade attempting to find better depth behind Goedert. We don’t have a picture of him in an Eagles uniform, and that tells you what you need to know.


    Albert Okwuegbunam

  • Offensive Linemen

  • Jason Kelce

    It’s finally time for Jason Kelce to hang up the cleats. The Super Bowl LVII loss had a lot to do with his decision to return in 2023, but the Eagles snuck one more All-Pro season out of their future Hall of Fame center.


    Jason Kelce of the Philadelphia Eagles

  • Lane Johnson

    Lane Johnson is under contract through 2026. The Eagles will likely prioritize finding his replacement at the top of the 2024 NFL Draft.


    Lane Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles

  • Jordan Mailata

    Mailata will return as the left tackle in 2024. He’s become a long-term building block thanks to his development at Jeff Stoutland University.


    Jordan Mailata, Philadelphia Eagles

  • Landon Dickerson

    Dickerson has exceeded expectations in three seasons with the Eagles by establishing himself as one of the best guards in the NFL. The Eagles will have to explore a contract extension for the 25-year-old.


    Landon Dickerson of the Philadelphia Eagles

  • Cam Jurgens

    Jurgens transitioned to a new position in 2023. He’ll likely slide to center after Kelce’s retirement.


    Cam Jurgens

  • Sua Opeta

    The Eagles kept Opeta as a backup on a one-year deal in 2024. They’re more likely to trust recent draft pick Tyler Steen as their primary backups on the interior of the offensive line moving forward. Don’t kick him out the door just yet, but he’s probably more likely to leave than to stay.


    Sua Opeta of the Philadelphia Eagles

  • Tyler Steen

    Steen adjusted to a new position as a guard for his only career NFL start. The Eagles will bring him back as a depth option in development.


    Tyler Steen, Philadelphia Eagles

  • Jack Driscoll

    If the Eagles draft an offensive tackle, they probably expect the rookie to play a role as their third tackle in 2024. Driscoll struggled against the Jets when Lane Johnson left the game with an injury, and his rookie contract has now expired. He could be a casualty of Howie Roseman’s attempt to reshape the future of the offensive line.


    Jack Driscoll, Philadelphia Eagles

  • Fred Johnson

    The Eagles prioritize depth on the offensive line, and they’re confident in their ability to develop young players. A journeyman like Fred Johnson probably won’t return in 2024.


    Fred Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles

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