The Eagles signed general manager Howie Roseman to a three-year contract extension last month, an NFL source confirmed to The Inquirer on Thursday.
Phillyvoice.com was the first to report on the extension, which spans the 2025 season. Roseman’s deal runs concurrently with the four-year contract signed by head coach Nick Sirianni during his hiring in January 2021, the source said.
The last time Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie extended Roseman in August 2018 – when an official announcement was made – his new four-year contract matched the length of then-head coach Doug. Pederson, signed through 2022. Pederson was fired in January 2021 after going 42-37-1 (.531 winning percentage) in five seasons, reaching the playoffs three times and winning a Super Bowl.
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Roseman, through a team spokesperson, declined to comment on his contract situation when The Inquirer asked about the planned extension earlier this month, as did his agent Bob LaMonte. But many team and league sources expected Lurie to continue his relationship with Roseman.
In Roseman’s first 12 seasons as general manager, the Eagles went 100-92-1 (.520), reached the playoffs six times (a record 4-5) and won the title after the 2017 season. When he had the final say on the roster, the Eagles were 61-49-1 (.554) and made the playoffs five out of eight seasons.
Roseman, 46, was named chief executive in January 2010. Although he didn’t initially have the final say on personnel decisions – then-coach Andy Reid did – his influence grew after Joe Banner stepped down as team president in June 2012 and Reid was fired in January 2013.
In January 2015, Roseman lost a power struggle with then-coach Chip Kelly and was ousted from personnel authority. He did, however, get a raise and a new title and returned to power less than a year later when Kelly was fired.
Pederson replaced Kelly. He didn’t want to be heavily involved with the staff, and Roseman’s grip on decisions only grew. The Eagles suffered a quick turnaround and won a Super Bowl in Pederson’s second season. Although it made the playoffs the next two seasons, the team slipped in each of the next three seasons, and after the Eagles went 4-11-1 in 2020, Pederson was out.
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Lurie retained Roseman, even though he became the first current general manager to survive three head coaching layoffs. The owner cited Roseman’s ability to rebuild the roster as one of the main reasons for his return. But the roster had dried up after a string of questionable drafts, below-average free agent signings and questionable contracts since the Super Bowl.
While many outside the NovaCare complex have questioned Roseman’s grounding, many inside the building, past and present, have spoken of a codependent relationship that allows Lurie to be heavily involved in the football decisions, while Roseman remains isolated and essentially untouchable.
The Eagles went 9-8 in Sirianni’s first season and earned a wild card spot. They were beaten by the Buccaneers, 31-15, in the playoffs, but the Eagles seem to be on an upward trend. They have a higher salary cap than in previous years and signed free agent Haason Reddick this week.
While the Carson Wentz trade last March could have signaled a low point in Roseman’s tenure, given the investments the Eagles made in the quarterback, he was able to secure a first-round pick in return for the Colts, who have since left Wenz.
The Eagles have three first-round picks in April, but they’re also without a bona fide answer at quarterback. Jalen Hurts has shown noticeable improvement in his first full season as a starter, but questions remain over his long-term prospects.
Roseman had the opportunity and the ammunition to improve position this offseason with Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson in the trade market. Both have no-trade clauses and could make final decisions on their new squads. Wilson chose the Broncos. Watson hasn’t made a decision yet, but he would have met the Saints, Panthers, Browns and Falcons. All four teams made offers.
The Eagles, who have been monitoring Watson’s situation since 22 massage therapists alleged sexual misconduct last offseason by the 26-year-old Texans quarterback, are apparently on the outside. Whether it was of their own free will or because Watson doesn’t want to play in Philadelphia remains unknown.
Many analysts believe the draft doesn’t provide a franchise-caliber quarterback prospect. The Eagles also have many holes in the lineup, especially on defense. Roseman may believe the team is still a long way off from competing for the championships and could wait until the next offseason to address center if Hurts shows he isn’t the answer.
Regardless, Roseman would have to make those decisions for another four years.