The 2017 National Football League season is in the books. The Philadelphia Eagles enter their first offseason in which they are defending Super Bowl Champions, and the New England Patriots begin quest for an 11th appearance in the final leg of the race for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Each week during an NFL season the game-day winners are most often those teams that had the best six days of preparation leading up to their contest. In much the same way, the teams that best utilize the next five months before even reporting to the summer training camps will best position themselves to vie for the 2018 championship.
Many eyes will be on the NFL Draft which begins on April 26, but, a lot of work and preparation will determine team fates both before and after those three days when college talent is allocated. This year, there are a number of very intriguing choices for teams that were in the playoffs last year.
We begin with the Super Bowl Champion Eagles, who own the rights to both the quarterback that guided them through the playoffs to their first Super Bowl title and the man that led the first three quarters of their regular season and put them in position to grab home field advantage in the postseason.
Nick Foles was the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, but their is no debate that Carson Wentz is the starter in Philadelphia after a sophomore season that had him on a clear path to league MVP before his December injury. So, what do the Eagles do?
They have a backup at quarterback good enough to win the Super Bowl, and a starter that appears on a trajectory to a future Hall of Fame induction. Do they keep them both, have Foles serve another season on the last year of his contract as a backup, or take full advantage of his current market value and trade him for a high draft choice or established NFL player?