Eagles’ GM Howie Roseman Ranked as No. 1 GM in NFL
There was a time when Eagles fans wanted Howie Roseman out as general manager of the team.
Now he has been ranked as the very best at his job in the NFL by NFL.com.
In ranking all 32 GM's, writer Gregg Rosenthal took draft record, coach hiring, free agency spending, cap management, trades and even handling of the press into consideration when putting the rankings together.
Roseman sat a top the list.
No team does a better job using every avenue for player acquisition, balancing current needs with the future. The Jalen Hurts pick in 2020 was a great example of forward thinking that changed the course of the franchise. The top three picks in last year's draft class (Jordan Davis, Cam Jurgens and Nakobe Dean) mostly had what amounted to redshirt rookie seasons, but players selected in the class before (DeVonta Smith and Landon Dickerson) helped the team nearly win a title in 2022.
There was a time when Roseman's moves, mostly in the draft were questioned. The drafting of Jalen Reagor over Justin Jefferson raised many eyebrows. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside was a major miss in round two, with a player like D.K. Metcalf available.
There was Marcus Smith, Andre Dillard, and Derek Barnett.
No GM is going to hit on every pick - Reagor was a clear miss, while Metcalf reportedly had a medical red flag due to a major neck injury and the team was unable to consider drafting him.
However, there is more to being a great GM than drafting. Another area where Roseman has been impressive is in free agency and finding other teams' weaknesses and mistakes and finding ways to use it to his advantage.
The team also does a good job of sprinkling in young players among their veteran players and finding good value when players hit the free agent market.
The Eagles are great at self-scouting and spend a premium on line play (Lane Johnson, Jordan Mailata and Josh Sweat) while finding ways to keep their productive longtime veterans like Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham. Most importantly, Roseman has nailed bringing in players just about to hit their prime, such as A.J. Brown, Haason Reddick and Javon Hargrave (the latter of whom left for San Francisco this offseason). They recognize value, whether that means scooping up James Bradberry late last offseason or finding a way to keep him and Darius Slay this time around. Hurts' looming big contract will test Roseman's flexibility, but this is a front office that finds answers.
Many Eagles fans were 'Howie Haters', but one thing many of them have to admit now, is that while he has made mistakes, he has also learned from them to become the best GM in the NFL.
Inside the NFC East, Jerry Jones was ranked No. 10, the combination of Marin Mayhew and Ron Rivera in Washington were ranked No. 22. Giants GM Joe Schoen was in the too new category.
No. 2 on the list was Kansas City's Brett Veach and George Paton of Denver was ranked last.