The votes of Team Manager for 2017 Sporting News NFL Executive of the Year should be submitted no later than the first week of January. When Eagles football executive executive vice president Howie Roseman was selected as the winner, Philadelphia's successor had not yet started in a Super Bowl title.
For example, after an incredible season, SN's Executive of the Year Award is more icing for a man who took a hot seat in 2017.
Roseman understands the rollercoaster business of professional athletes and the NFL as well as anyone else. In 2010, at the age of 35, he was the youngest director-general of the league. In 201
After Kelly was fired a year later, Roseman was reinstated as GM, but Eagle owner Jeff Lurie made it clear that Roseman would be better to produce a playoff team in a short time or he would be the next out door. A 7-9 season in 2016 only increased pressure, but Roseman received another year due to a rookie quarterback in Carson Wentz and a freshman coach in Doug Pederson.
What followed was a decision maker pushing the right buttons as Roseman gave a deep and talented team the finishing touches to his quality work and astute free agent and trade acquisitions. He built a great partnership with Pederson, and they led a team that was the NFC's best team at 13-3 before it unexpectedly took the title.
Like all successful executives, Roseman gives his players, coaches, recognition, scouting department and support staff for the success of the Eagles. But he was the one who made the final shots in the toughest decisions, such as negotiating some high-draft decisions to rank second in the 2016 NFL Draft to select Wentz. All the second-year small-school QB became a Pro Bowler and MVP nominee when he led Philly to the league's best record before his season was interrupted by an ACL injury in Week 14.
Most took the Eagles without Wentz would be a good time for the playoffs, but Roseman knows how important it is to have a high quality backup quarterback. He had signed Nick Foles as a free agent when most GMs considered the QB's career scandalous after two lackluster seasons with the Rams and Chiefs.
Foles' postseason game, which was crowned by his MVP performance in Super Bowl 52, was another
But it's only part of the reason for Roseman's success to identify Pederson as a replacement for Kelly and in to navigate the troubled quarterback waters. An NFL's Executive of the Year award is usually the culmination of several years of hard work as a team's fortune increases. Roseman has come up with all sorts of ways to build a championship team the right way, building mainly through the design and expansion of free agent signatures and effective trades. In the meantime, he oversees the Eagles' salary cap – which is always challenging for a championship-winning team – and he's their chief negotiator.
PHOTOS: Scenes from the Eagles Super Bowl Parade in Philadelphia  Roseman's design decision-making has led to great results. In recent years, he has also selected important offensive players such as Pro Bowlers Zach Ertz and Tane Johnson as well as the up and coming Nelson Agholor in addition to Wentz. Defensive fighters are the Eagles' best defensive lineman, Pro Bowl tackle Fletcher Cox, and leading sack artist Brandon Graham.
All conscripts mentioned above were first-or second-rounders, but GMs also earn their stripes with good late rounds and a few non-entangled nuggets that help create depth, which is a sport in which injury is a major factor are essential.
Roseman did just that with the help of his strong scouting department. An example is a pair of 2016 picks in the starting corner Jalen Mills (seventh round) and offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai (fifth round). The latter was thrown into the left starting area after Pro Bowler Jason Peters lost to a half-time knee injury. Vaitai improved in this role later in the year.
Roseman has successfully opened up free agency to sign a pair of Pro Bowlers – security Malcolm Jenkins in 2014 and Guardian Brandon Brooks in 2016 – as well as Nigel Bradham in the linebacker in 2016. Foles was also returned in & # 39; 16.
Roseman also acquired talented recipient Alshon Jeffery last season in free agency. Then he worked in the trading market for an upper corner in Ronald Darby and a good running back in Jay Ajayi.
After living through the ups and downs of NFL life, Roseman knows he can not rest on his laurels. And judging from his early work in this off-season, he's in aggressive mode right now. He has deepened an already strong line of defense with trading for Michael Bennett and the free agent signing of Haloti Ngata. He has added another quality cornerback – so critical in today's pass-oriented NFL – with the trade for Daryl Worley. He reassigned Bradham to a five-year contract.
Roseman also plays smart with Foles, who has one more year on his contract, holding the QB behind Wentz as insurance. He will wait for a team to make an offer that is too good to decline, just as he did with Sam Bradford's 2016 trading. And if the offers do not materialize, Roseman will be close to the best backup QB in the league.
Roseman won the SN's NFL Executive of the Year 2017 award through several high quality contestants, including the Rams Les Snead, the Vikings Rick Spielman, and the Jaguars duo Tom Coughlin and David Caldwell. Bill Butichick of the Patriots Group should also be regarded as a perennial favorite.
But for 2017, Roseman has rightly received an award that is particularly significant as it is voted on by his NFL Frontoffice counterparts. They respect the work done by a man who was about to enter the plank in Philadelphia.
Instead, Roseman soon receives a Super Bowl ring over this award.