The Philadelphia Eagles had a surprising 2021 season, the first under head coach Nick Sirianni and with Jalen Hurts as the starting quarterback. Sirianni led the Eagles to a 9-8 record and a playoff spot in the NFC, a five-win improvement from the previous year.
Hurts completed 61.3% of his passes for 3,144 yards with 16 touchdowns to nine interceptions for an 87.2 rating on the year, and he was just the second quarterback in Eagles history to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 750 yards in a season -- and the eighth to reach those numbers in NFL history. Hurts also led all quarterbacks in rushing yards (784) and rushing touchdowns (10) in 2021 while also ranking fourth in yards per attempt among all NFL players (564). His 10 touchdowns are the most ever by an Eagles quarterback in a season, and his 784 rushing yards trail only Randall Cunningham for the most by a quarterback in team history.
This offseason will be a huge one for the Eagles, as they have the draft capital (two first-round picks). There's plenty of reasons to retain Hurts for 2022 and build the roster around him with their draft picks. Philadelphia also has available cap space to improve the roster with an impact free agent or two, unlike last year when the Eagles had to shed salary to get under the cap.
Our offseason hub for the Eagles can be seen below, which will give you every piece of information you'll need to stay caught up as this franchise looks to build a Super Bowl contender again. We'll have all the latest rumors and news for the Eagles along with the important dates that you'll want to circle on your calendar.
Free agent signings, trade acquisitions
Haason Reddick -- three-year, $45 million deal
This past season was a prove-it year for Reddick, one which he showed he's one of the top edge rushers in the league. Reddick has 23.5 sacks over the past two seasons (fifth-most in the NFL) and his eight forced fumbles are tied for the third-most in the league during that span.
Reddick finished with 68 tackles, 11 sacks, two forced fumbles, and 18 quarterback hits in 2021 -- proving he was worth more than what he was paid ($6 million). He did have 42 pressures in 2021 (eight fewer than in 2020) and 10 missed tackles, but Reddick demonstrated he can get to the quarterback on a consistent basis.
Kyzir White -- one-year, $5 million deal
The Eagles upgraded at off-ball linebacker with White, who finished with a career-high 144 tackles and two forced fumbles in 2021. White also had two interceptions and fits what the Eagles are trying to install in Jonathan Gannon's defense. A former college safety, White should have a starting job with his ability to make plays and cover passers as a hybrid linebacker.
White finished with 53 run stops and had a missed tackle percentage of 7.1 last seaosn, his first full year as a starter with the Chargers.
Zach Pascal -- one-year, $1.5 million deal
Pascal signed a one-year deal with the Eagles and factors to be in competition to be their slot receiver in 2022. At worst, he's veteran depth. Pascal finished with 38 catches for 384 yards and three touchdowns for the Colts last season and has 150 catches for 1,888 yards and 15 touchdowns in his four-year career -- not bad for an undrafted free agent.
A.J. Brown -- traded first-round pick (No. 18) and third-round pick (No. 101) to Titans
Philadelphia gave up its second first-round pick (No. 18) and a third-round pick (No. 101) to get Brown and sign him to a massive contract extension -- four years, $100 million with $57 million guaranteed.
The Eagles certainly landed a playmaker in Brown, who has 24 touchdown catches since the start of 2019. (DK Metcalf is the only one from his draft class to have more after his first three years.) His 185 catches and 2,995 receiving yards are the second most for a player after three seasons in Titans franchise history. Brown is averaging 16.19 yards per catch since the start of the 2019 season, only trailing Mike Williams (16.78) for the best mark of the NFL (minimum 150 receptions).
Pending in-house free agents
Unrestricted free agents
- Derek Barnett (EDGE) -- re-signed with Eagles on two-year deal
- Anthony Harris (S) -- re-signed with Eagles on one-year deal
- Steven Nelson (CB) -- signed with Texans on two-year deal
- Ryan Kerrigan (EDGE)
- Rodney McLeod (S) -- signed with Colts on one-year deal
- Hassan Ridgeway (DT) -- signed with 49ers on one-year deal
- Jordan Howard (RB)
- Genard Avery (OLB) -- signed with Steelers on one-year deal
- Jason Croom (TE)
Restricted free agents
- Boston Scott (RB) -- no tender -- re-signed with Eagles on one-year deal
- Alex Singleton (LB) -- no tender (unrestricted free agent) -- signed with Broncos on one-year deal
- Greg Ward (WR) -- re-signed with Eagles on one-year deal
- Nate Herbig (G) -- right of first refusal tender
Exclusive rights free agents
- Andre Chachere (CB) -- re-signed, one-year deal
2022 NFL Draft picks
- Round 1 (No. 13 overall): Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia ( )
- Round 2: (No. 51 overall): Cam Jurgens, C, Nebraska ( )
- Round 3 (No. 83 overall): Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia ( )
- Round 6 (No. 181 overall): Kyron Johnson, LB, Kansas ( )
- Round 6 (No. 198 overall): Grant Calcaterra, TE, SMU ( )
Key offseason dates
- May 2: Deadline for NFL teams to exercise fifth-year options for players selected in the first round of the 2019 draft.
- May 6-9 or 13-16: Clubs can hold their three-day rookie minicamps from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday on one of the two weekends following the draft.
- May 16: Rookie Football Development Programs begin.
- May 19-22: NFLPA Rookie Premiere (tentative).
- May 23-25: Spring League Meeting, TBA.
- June 1: Deadline for prior club to send "June 1 tender" to its unsigned RFAs who received a qualifying offer for a right of first refusal only in order for such player to be subject to the CBA's "June 15 Tender" provision.
- June 15: Deadline for clubs to withdraw qualifying offers to RFAs and still retain exclusive negotiating rights by substituting "June 15 Tender" of one-year contract at 110 percent of the player's prior-year Paragraph 5 Salary (with all other terms of his prior-year contract carried forward unchanged).
2022 regular-season opponents
Here's a brief explanation of the NFL scheduling formula, which was implemented in 2002. Here's a breakdown of how each team's opponents are set:
- Six games against divisional opponents -- two games per team, one at home and one on the road.
- Four games against teams from a division within its conference -- two games at home and two on the road -- on a rotating three-year cycle (four games). The Eagles will play the NFC North in 2022.
- Four games against teams from a division in the other conference -- two games at home and two on the road -- on a rotating four-year cycle (four games). The Eagles will play the AFC South in 2022.
- Two games against teams from the two remaining divisions in its own conference -- one game at home and one on the road. Matchups are based on division ranking from the previous season. These conference games are based on the prior year's standings.
- Example: A first-place team will play against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions that the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place, and fourth-place teams in that conference are matched in the same way each year. The Eagles will play the second-place team in the NFC South (New Orleans Saints) and second-place team in NFC West (Arizona Cardinals).
- The NFL incorporated another interconference game to the mix, pinning a first-place team from a NFC division against a first-place team from an AFC division and so forth. One interconference game based on the prior year's standings on a rotating four-year cycle (one game). These games match a first-place team from one division against a first-place team in an opposite conference division that the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place and fourth-place teams in each division are matched in the same way each year. The home conference for this game will rotate each season.
The Eagles will play nine home games and eight road games this year. In 2021, they played eight home games and nine road games.
*The actual 2022 schedule will be released on May 12.