Howie Roseman on Jackson, Long and more

By SportsRadio 94WIP

Eagles top personnel executive Howie Roseman was a guest on the SportsRadio 94WIP Morning Show on Tuesday. 

Here are some of the main takeaways from his interview with Angel Cataldi and the morning team: 

DeSean Jackson: A key point the Eagles have made almost each time since re-acquiring Jackson is how much he has matured. Roseman did it again on Tuesday when asked about why he decided to bring back Jackson. 

"The thing about DeSean is that, all of us need time sometimes to mature,” Roseman said. “He's got a family, he's got two kids, and he's been here every day in the offseason program." 

The Eagles brought Jackson in because they are confident he is more mature than he as in 2013 when he was released, but also because of what he will bring to their offense. The Eagles’ biggest need this offseason on offense was to add speed. Jackson certainly does that as he averaged the most yards-per-catch in the NFL last season. 

Roseman also mentioned that Jackson’s speed was evident last season when the Eagles played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, saying that everyone in the stadium knew where that first pass was going. Everyone, however, did not include the Eagles’ defense, who allowed Jackson to score a 75-yard touchdown — something the Eagles are hoping he does often for them this season. 

Chris Long and Joe Ostman: Roseman was asked about the apparent departure of defensive end Chris Long, who has said he won’t be back next season because of the role the team has told him he would have in 2019. Roseman said he respected Long’s decision and that he would keep the details of the conversation private.
Roseman also said, however, that the team was very excited about defensive end Joe Ostman, who spent the entirety of his rookie season on the sideline after being an undrafted free agent. The Eagles are not expecting Ostman to fill in the production or role that Long had last season, but it is clear the team is very excited about what he might be able to bring to the team. Considering the need they have at defensive end, Roseman better hope he is right. 
Carson Wentz: Roseman once again reiterated that the Eagles would like to sign quarterback Carson Wentz to a contract extension this offseason, but did offer one small caveat he has not in previous interviews. 

“This is something we are planning to do. If the deal is right for us and right for Carson, we wouldn’t hesitate to pull the trigger,” Roseman said. “That is the amount of confidence we have.”

Roseman’s desire and enthusiasm for Wentz remains clear — he even compared him to one of his kids. Still, Roseman mentioning it having to right for the team was a new addition to his answers about Wentz. So far, Roseman has simply said they want to sign Wentz and that they know it is going to be expensive. Roseman mentioning it has to be right for the team was the first little bit of public negotiating with Wentz and his agent. 

Andre Dillard: So much for Jordan Mailata at left tackle. Roseman made it clear, in case it already wasn’t, that the team is excited to potentially go from Jason Peters to Andre Dillard at left tackle, continuing a long-standing run of elite left tackles for the Eagles. Roseman didn’t even mention Jordan Mailata, a player that for the last year has been viewed as a hidden gem found by Roseman. Mailata might get on the field for the Eagles one day, but he won’t be doing it as the starter unless something goes terribly wrong with Dillard. 
Sabbatical: Roseman joked at one point about his “one-year hiatus” or “sabbatical” in 2015, the year he was removed from the personnel department while Chip Kelly ran the show. The fact that we have gone from Roseman pushed to the other side of the building in 2015 to joking about it in 2019 as a Super Bowl winner is still a mind-blowing story and outcome.
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