3. Philadelphia Eagles
The defending NFC Champions decided not to run it back in 2023. The Eagles entered salary cap hell this offseason and had to cut ties with popular players. Some of their biggest losses included Miles Sanders, C.J. Gardner-Johnson and T.J. Edwards. Gutted by the cap, the Eagles will face a tough challenge repeating as division champions.
The Eagles also lost Isaac Seumalo, who signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. That leaves a gaping hole along the interior as Seumalo started all 17 games at right guard last year. The team did address offensive line in the draft selecting Tyler Steen from Alabama in the third round. They also managed to re-sign Jason Kelce to a one-year deal, keeping the longest-tenured offensive lineman in Philadelphia.
With Seumalo gone, Steen is expected to fill in at right guard with Landon Dickerson at left guard, Kelce at center, Jordan Mailata at left tackle and Lane Johnson at right tackle. While having Johnson and Kelce back on this offensive line gives this unit credibility, questions remain.
Dickerson was named to his first Pro Bowl last season, but is he capable of building on that performance? How much longer can Kelce hold up after a decade plus fighting in the trenches? Is Steen capable of being a serviceable starting guard as a rookie?
That series of questions is enough to rank Philadelphia third in these rankings. The team has taken a step back this offseason by letting good players walk due to salary cap issues. Jalen Hurts is expected to have another MVP-type season, but he will have to get it done with a different unit on the offensive line that might not be as good as it was in 2022.