This year is no different. The team would prefer to rely on free agency and the continuing development of younger players such as Curtis Marsh, Keenan Clayton, Jamar Chaney, Jaiquawn Jarrett and Dion Lewis to deal with the present.
After all, there are plenty of potential helpers.
Most observers who follow this team believe the Eagles will use their first pick, which comes at No. 15 overall, on one of the many defensive tackles who make this year's draft extremely rich at this position.
That makes the most sense of all, considering the Eagles are fairly solid there already with Cullen Jenkins, Mike Patterson and Antonio Dixon.
But with the expected losses of Derek Landri and Trevor Laws to free agency, tossing someone such as Michael Brockers of LSU or 350-pound Dontari Poe of Memphis into the rotation could work out very nicely. Either way, they're going to need someone to complete the four-player rotation they traditionally employ for the two inside spots.
They likely would have to move up to select Poe. Brockers could still be there for them at 15, or even a little later, should they decide to move down.
Poe was in for a visit on Thursday. If he ends up on the team, he'd easily be the most massive Eagles player of the last decade and maybe ever.
Ever since coach Andy Reid came in, the defense has been built more for speed than comfort, but Poe could fit because he has exceptional speed to go with his bulk.
Quarterback is another position they must address this year or next. After kicking the tires on Ryan Tannehill of Texas A&M last week, were they impressed enough to consider moving up and making him their probable quarterback of the future?
Tannehill's athleticism is impressive, and when have the Eagles not had a superior athlete at quarterback — with the exception of the one-game Kevin Kolb regime — since Reid took over in 1999?
Again, it's not a position of immediate need, unless they are preparing for more games missed by the oft-injured Vick, who's not locked into any significant guaranteed money beyond 2012.
After signing Demetress Bell last week, the Eagles appear to be solid across the offensive line again, both with starting talent and reserves. King Dunlap, a proven backup, and second-year guard Julian Vandervelde, whom the Eagles believe has starting ability despite being limited to one game last year, are roster locks.
But with reserve center Jamaal Jackson out of the mix, look for them to address that area in the middle to later rounds as well.
Wide receiver is another area of strength now that they've decided to re-sign DeSean Jackson, so don't expect to see much action there, at least early.
The Eagles have a boatload of young, developing linebackers in Chaney, Brian Rolle, Clayton, Casey Matthews and Greg Lloyd, but that still likely won't preclude them from bringing in more at the end of this month.
It's the position they've had the most trouble with over the years, by far, so the tinkering will continue.