LINEBACKER Mychal Kendricks was released yesterday. Not long after that, Free Agent acquistion, LB Paul Worrilow, tore his ACL on the first day of OTA’s, effectively ending his 2018 before it started. Given our LB woes from last season after MLB Jordan Hicks went down, Eagles fans are already nervous about where we go from here.
I’m here to say: RELAX. We got this.
The NFL is loaded to the gills with options for us to cherry-pick a starting caliber LB by July.
Examples would be:
1) Cincinnati’s Vontaze Burfict. Rumors about him being traded to Oakland already were out in March, and that was before the Bengals drafted LB Malik Jefferson in the 3rd round of the 2018 Draft.
2) Speaking of the Draft, Chicago grabbed a LB with their first pick, and they have an absolute glut of 13 bodies at that postion. Most teams roll with 6 to 9, depending on their system. If we can get our grubby mitts on Nick Kwiatkoski, he’s a better option than Worrilow would have been.
3) The Redskins have 14 LB’s, most of which are either well-proven or have intriguing upsides. (Especially in Jim Schwartz’s system). There is no way they get through final cuts without leaving some talent on the cutting room floor. If I know that, they know that, and would rather get something over nothing for that talent. “Paging Howie Roseman!”
This isn’t even taking into account the number of veterans who’ll be June 1st cap casualties. (Looking at my watch) June 1st is how many minutes away? Yeah. We’ll be fine.
Take a deep breath, and remember what I said. RELAX.