Do the Philadelphia Eagles Have What It Takes to Make a Super Bowl Appearance In 2023?

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The Philadelphia Eagles fell just short of becoming the champions of Super Bowl LVII. Everything appeared to be going their way through the first half, leading by ten points heading into halftime. However, they became the second team in Super Bowl history to blow a double digit halftime lead. Through the first half, it was clear that the Eagles were more than capable of being crowned the best team in the league, however, there are some minor improvements they must make over the offseason to get over the hump. With a solid chunk of Philadelphia’s roster being veterans, there is a very small window to bring a Super Bowl back to Philly. 

Potential Losses

The Philadelphia Eagles currently have 20 players on expiring contracts. Those players being Fletcher Cox, Robert Quinn, Brandon Graham, Javon Hargrave, Jason Kelce, James Bradberry, Isaac Seumalo, Andre Dillard, Kyzir White, T.J. Edwards, Ndamukong Suh, Linval Joseph, Boston Scott, Zach Pascal, Miles Sanders, Rick Lovato, Chauncy Gardner-Johnson, Tyree Jackson, Gardner Minshew, and Marcus Epps. While they will bring back some of these players, it is likely impossible for them all to return. For this to happen, many players under contract would have to restructure their deals, and the players on expiring deals to take much less than they would be offered on the open market. However, there are a handful of players from that list Philadelphia could let go and still have a very elite roster.  

Where the Philadelphia Eagles Should Look to Improve

One position that the Eagles should look into improving is running back. While Miles Sanders had a great 2022 season, Philadelphia has three running backs hitting free agency this offseason. In 2022, those three backs made a combined $4.6 million. With this money, they could sign someone like Kareem Hunt. While this would hurt their depth, it would make their rushing attack much more dangerous in 2023. On the defensive side of the ball, they could look to bring in some veteran help at the linebacker and safety positions. 

2023 Competition

Heading into 2023, the main competition the Eagles will run into in their division will come from the San Francisco 49ers. On paper, this is the only team that really holds up against the Eagles on paper. If they are able to add some depth to their quarterback position, they could pose a real threat to Philadelphia’s Super Bowl hopes. 

Final Verdict

Despite their collapse in the second half of the Super Bowl. The Philadelphia Eagles are still in a very good spot to make another run next season. They will be a prime spot for veterans to sign team friendly deals in hopes of ending their careers with a Super Bowl victory. Along with this, quarterback Jalen Hurts will likely use the offseason to improve his passing game and will once again be contendign for the MVP award. With the Philadelphia front office being one of the most active in the league, do not be surprised if this roster is even better coming into 2023.