The fact is, even when they were signing all those big names, they were never putting themselves in bad cap position. Hell, most of the guys, including Asomugha and Babin, took less to come here than they could have made elsewhere.
And just because those players didn't work out, it's no reason to discontinue apparent trust of your scouts and your instincts in similar situations down the road.
Last year, for example, the Eagles signed Chung and Phillips when they might have acquired Dashon Goldson. This year, they're hoping that Jenkins instead of Byrd, who is a better playmaker, will work out.
He might, but it's more of a gamble than it would have been to sign Byrd, and the Eagles don't really need to roll the dice because of how well they manage the cap.
If Roseman and coach Chip Kelly think they might actually be better off without Jackson this year, that would be troubling.
Bottom line: The Eagles may well be on the road to true championship contention again, but they also may continue to fall one or two players short of getting over the top because they're holding themselves back for no good reason.
COMINGS AND GOINGS
Here's a breakdown of the Eagles' major roster moves since the end of the 2013-14 season:
Signed T Jason Peters, C Jason Kelce and DE Cedric Thornton to contract extensions.
Signed S Malcolm Jenkins, S Chris Maragos, LB Bryan Braman and CB Nolan Carroll as free agents.
Acquired RB Darren Sproles from New Orleans for a fifth-round draft choice.
Re-signed WR Riley Cooper, WR Jeremy Maclin, S Nate Allen and P Donnie Jones.
Released WR Jason Avant and S Patrick Chung.