If the Philadelphia Eagles truly are looking to undergo a makeover this offseason, the coaching staff can't be the only group that is changed drastically. This team has to cut ties with some of the key players that let down Andy Reid, his staff and Philly fans in 2012.
Half a dozen veterans come to mind, starting with the Eagles' world-famous quarterback.
1. Michael Vick
Nobody in the game turns it over at a higher rate than Vick, who I'd argue should be released regardless of his contract. This franchise can't properly move on so long as the talented but inconsistent and unfocused Vick is on the roster.
His contract situation makes this decision a whole lot easier. Vick is due $16 million next year, but the Eagles won't owe him a dime if they release him by Feb. 6. I expect he'll be unemployed by the end of the month.
2. Nnamdi Asomugha
Three things can happen here:
1. The Eagles pay Asomugha $15 million to play in 2013.
2. The Eagles pay Asomugha $4 million to go away.
3. The Eagles and Asomugha find a compromise somewhere in between.
At this point in his career, Asomugha isn't worth more than a couple million dollars a year. And since he can take $4 million to walk away, I just don't see this being worth it for the Eagles. I realize he's still probably better than whoever they'd sign to take his place next year, but growing pains might be necessary.
3. Nate Allen
I've said the entire secondary should be canned, but I can understand why Allen might be tough to part with. After all, the guy has shown some flashes and was a second-round pick only three years ago. Plus, he's only slated to make $570,000 in 2013.
That said, this is a guy who lost his starting job in December. He can't cover and he can't tackle. And when you're a safety, that's a problem.
4. Kurt Coleman
Coleman was even worse than Allen. He isn't due big bucks either, but if I'm Philadelphia, I'm riding with Colt Anderson and either a free agent or a draft pick.
5. Mike Patterson
Tough circumstances prevented Patterson from making an impact in 2012. He underwent brain surgery last offseason and missed the first two months of the year. By the time he returned, rookie Fletcher Cox was already locked in as a starter next to Cullen Jenkins.
With Antonio Dixon, Derek Landri and Cedric Thornton also in the defensive tackle mix, there's no reason for the Eagles to keep paying Patterson big bucks.
6. Demetress Bell
Bell is only due to make $1 million next season, but he played so poorly in his first year with the Eagles that Philly would be silly to pay him anything to stick around in 2013. Jason Peters and Todd Herremans should be back, rookie Dennis Kelly is good enough to work as a swing and even freak of nature King Dunlap is a better option than Bell.
One guy I'm not prepared to give up on just yet: Danny Watkins
The Eagles wouldn't be smart to enter training camp with Watkins slated to start at right guard again, but the reality is that they're so shallow in that spot that they can't afford to admit drafting Watkins in the first round in 2011 was a huge mistake.
He was terrible in 2012, but he's not making a massive salary and the Eagles could still use him for depth while hoping that he suddenly wakes up and becomes a useful interior lineman.