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    Eagles' 4 biggest offseason questions

    The confetti has been cleaned up and the party is over. The Eagles won a Super Bowl. Now it's all about trying to win one again. 

    So hopefully Howie Roseman and his staff had a good time celebrating because there's plenty of work to be done. 

    For the most part, the Eagles are in a pretty good position. Doug Pederson is back for Year 3, Carson Wentz's rehab appears to be going well, and the team brings back most of its starters from the 2017 season. 

    But there are some major questions facing the team. 

    Here are four of them: 

    1. How should they replace Frank Reich? 
    You can thank Josh McDaniels for this one. The Patriots' offensive coordinator had already accepted the Colts' head coaching job but then he backed out, leaving Reich in their crosshairs. The Colts might have actually lucked out in this whole situation because Reich has the makings of a pretty good head coach. But it is a loss for the Eagles. 

    Now, there's a chance you don't know what the Eagles are going to miss losing Reich, but I tried to outline that here. Basically, the Eagles need to find a good complement to Pederson to put in this role. Maybe that's Duce Staley, maybe that's Mike Groh. Maybe that's someone who isn't in the organization right now. 

    At some point, Pederson is going to have to figure out how to replenish his staff, especially if the Eagles are going to be successful over the next decade. Because with success comes other teams wanting your coaches. It seems like Pederson values promoting from within, but there also seems to be value in bringing in smart outside voices. He's going to have to learn how to balance those two things. 

    2. Should they trade Nick Foles?  
    Coming off a dazzling postseason and a Super Bowl MVP award, Foles' value has never been higher. Roseman could probably flip him right now for a high pick while also clearing $5.2 million in cap space. But, of course, it's not that easy and there's one big hurdle in the way. Wentz is still recovering from a torn ACL and LCL. His goal is still to be ready for Week 1 but it's far too early in his recovery to say definitively that he'll be good to go. 

    So this puts the Eagles in a tough spot. Trade Foles and hope Wentz is ready. If he's not, then Nate Sudfeld is your Week 1 starter. Or keep Foles as an expensive insurance policy. 

    The Eagles have already proven they can win a Super Bowl with Foles or Wentz, so the possibility of starting the season without either of them should be terrifying. Maybe we'll get a better sense of Wentz's recovery in a month or two, but until then it might be too risky to trade Foles. 

    3. Who should they bring back? 
    The Eagles have several key players set to become free agents when the new league year starts on March 14. The most important among them is linebacker Nigel Bradham, who came to the Eagles on a two-year deal two seasons ago. Bradham had a great 2017 season and filled in admirably for Jordan Hicks as the defensive signal-caller after the middle linebacker tore his Achilles. From there, the Eagles also have to make decisions on Beau Allen, Patrick Robinson, Trey Burton and others. 

    The problem is that the Eagles don't have enough money to pay everyone. Based on projections of the 2018 salary cap, the Eagles are set to be about $9 million over. Now, don't worry too much about the numbers yet. If there's one thing Howie Roseman is great at, it's manipulating the salary cap. But they do have some decisions about players under contract, starting with Vinny Curry and his $11 million cap number in 2018. And is it worth picking up that Torrey Smith option for $5 million? That would be one quick way to help that cap situation. 

    4. Who should they bring in? 
    Roseman pulled all the right strings last offseason. Think about the guys he brought in: Alshon Jeffery, Robinson, Timmy Jernigan, Foles, Chance Warmack, Chris Long, LeGarrette Blount. All of them played a role in 2017. 

    It seems like there are so many years when we expect Roseman to be quiet in free agency and he never is. He's an aggressive guy when it comes to adding talent in the offseason and after what he did last year, it's hard to argue against his philosophy. Expect him to be able to manipulate the cap enough to find room to bring in quality free agents and maybe a few diamonds in the rough like Robinson from last year.