Regardless of who the next head coach of the Eagles is, it seems apparent that Howie Roseman will be calling the shots on personnel again.
However, the scheme and playing style of the incoming skipper will do a lot to influence the 11 players slated to be off the Eagles ledger this spring. Will they return? It will require a mutual decision between the Birds and the players to determine whether the following guys will be back in South Philly. Here's a quick look at the guys who could be leaving:
Sam Bradford, QB ($12.95 million last year): The biggest and most important decision for the Birds will be what they do at quarterback. One option is the franchise tag, which will cost Philly around $18 million but also allow them to keep Bradford for one more year before deciding on a long-term strategy. They can also negotiate long-term with the QB, who will be one of the most attractive at his position when free agency begins this spring. His numbers steadily improved over the second half of the season, and an incoming coach will likely be quite interested in his services behind center.
Cedric Thornton, DE ($2.36 million last year): The 27-year-old had one sack and 33 tackles as Fletcher Cox' counterpart on the defensive line. He is probably a bit better than his numbers suggest as a pass-rusher and run-stopper and could get paid as a free agent. Will the Eagles match an offer?
Vinny Curry, DE ($1.07 million last year): Curry had 3.5 sacks last season and was a solid option for the Eagles front three. The problem was, he played behind Cox and Thornton. Look for the Eagles to keep at least one of the two (Curry or Thornton) if they can.
Nolan Carroll, CB ($2.9 million last year): The cornerback was very solid for the Eagles alongside Byron Maxwell before getting injured in Week 10. He had 57 tackles and two interceptions in eight and a half games and, if healthy, would be a good piece to return to the secondary in 2016.
Walter Thurmond, S ($3.25 million last year): Thurmond had three interceptions and 71 tackles from the safety spot this season and was one of the brighter spots on the Eagles lackluster defense. He will be a good candidate to return next season depending on scheme.
E.J. Biggers, CB ($745,000 last year): Biggers came on late in the year for some injured members of the Eagles defensive backfield and was good, not great. For the price, he could return and compete for a spot on the 53-man roster.
Matt Tobin, G ($585,000 last year): Tobin started in all 16 games this past season and started in 13, after earning a starting job in training camp. Don't be surprised to see him once again vying for a starting job, if the Birds don;' draft or sign some offensive line help.
Seyi Ajirotutu, WR ($745,000 last year): "Tutu" was a great player for the Eagles special teams unit, one of the best in football last season.
Najee Goode, LB ($516,000 last year): Strictly a backup, Goode will likely return on the 90-man roster this summer.
Thad Lewis, QB ($657,000 last year): A third string quarterback job is pretty sweet -- especially if you don't have to play. He won't be here next season.
David Molk, C ($361,000 last year): Molk was a versatile backup offensive lineman for an injured unit. Unfortunately he was injured himself too. He is restricted and will likely be back in camp.