Understanding the Chandler Jones Rumors
The Philadelphia Eagles are an oddly composed team.
Their best players are (almost) all over 30 or under 25, and in between are a ton of missed opportunities and decisions that look bad in hindsight.
I mean, need I say more than the fact that the team only has one player under contract from their 2014-2017 draft classes in 2016, third-round pick Isaac Seumalo? It’s hard. Want to know what else is bad? How about the fact that during this period the Birds had the same number of rookies who didn’t play a single NFL game as they had players who had signed extensions with the franchise.
It’s just crazy.
Now granted, Howie Roseman righted the ship somewhat in 2018, with four of the team’s five selections now signed to long-term extensions, but when people wonder why the Eagles’ post-Super Bowl run didn’t failed to produce “dynasty”, poor drafting, when mixed with a lack of ceiling space played just as big a role as field regression and all the qualms people have with Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz in 2020.
So naturally, with cash to spend and more than a few roster holes left to fill with proven NFL contributors, the Philadelphia Eagles would be looking to right their wrongs and secure talented performers who can pick up the slack and grow. with the moving team. forward, right? Or they could blow their entire free agency budget on Chandler Jones, who turns 33 right after the next Super Bowl. It’s… definitely a choice.
The Philadelphia Eagles shouldn’t break the bank on a winning rusher now.
Chandler Jones is, like, really good.
A four-time Pro Bowler, two-time All-Pro, one-time Super Bowl champion and a member of the 2010 Hall of Fame All-Team, Jones is one of the NFL’s most prolific rushers of this current generation and has the statistics confirm its reputation.
Do you want bags? Well, since entering the NFL as the 21st overall pick in the 2012 Draft at Syracuse, Jones has recorded 107.5 sacks in 139 games, including seven double-digit sack seasons. He notoriously picked up five sacks in a single game against Tennessee last September and has the rare distinction of having two four-sack games in the same season in 2019.
What about elite-led defence? Well, it’s not Jones’ bread and butter per se, but hey, when you can generate 2.4 pressures per game over a four-year span, people are going to overlook some trade decisions on your 2nd and 7th typical run for three meters.
On a team with serious playoff aspirations like the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and new Denver Broncos — all three of whom have been linked to Jones — having an elite quarterback fighter like Jones is an asset that worth paying a premium. According to Jordan Schultz, the co-host of the “Pull Up with CJ McCollum” podcast, insiders expect to see Jones sign a contract worth $15-18 millionand considering how the pass rusher market has evolved over the past few seasons, that seems like a good number.
Could the Philadelphia Eagles give up that kind of zero for Jones’ services? I mean yeah, if the Eagles want to partake in the second best player Syracuse has produced in the past 25 years, they’ll have to kind of do it, but given the team’s current status as a developing team of the playoffs and their needs in the rest of the roster, is paying a premium for a top rusher the best way to get back to the Super Bowl?
I doubt it a bit.
Don’t get me wrong, Jones would look great in midnight green. The Eagles haven’t had a reliable double-digit sack artist since Trent Cole a decade ago, but in the modern NFL, sacks alone aren’t indicative of production. I mean god, Jason Babin had the third most sacks in a season by any Eagles player in history in 2011, and he was released midway through the second season of a contract. of five years.
Is Jones Babin? No, he’s a legit threat any time he gets his hands in the dirt and can generate pressure like few others in the NFL today, but his style of play the green light, when paired at his age and his desire to play for a ready-made contender makes his adjustment to Philadelphia confusing, even though Roseman comes with the best deal on the market.
Remember, Jones has just about every accolade one could want in an NFL career and has already earned over $98 million in his career, according to Spotrac; this next contract aims to maximize the rest of his career.
Could/Should the Philadelphia Eagles pursue an upgrade by stepping off the edge? Yes, defensive end is one of the hardest positions to draft and get out of production right away, and given the team’s bad luck developing a local guy, saving Josh Sweat, signing a rusher out of the box would not be a misuse of assets. But Chandler Jones just feels like the wrong player for the team’s short and long term prospects. Better to spend the money on a free agent like Emmanuel Ogbah, Charles Harris or Temple product Haason Reddick, who can grow with the team in the long run, than a more expensive immediate upgrade that could just be pulled before until the team is ready to compete for the Super Bowl yet.