It’s no secret that the Eagles defense has struggled to play at a high level since the start of the season.
The team has allowed more than 20 points in each of its first three games.
The only thing keeping the defense afloat has been an all-around performance from quarterback Carson Wentz.
The former No. 1 overall pick has been a monster in the passing game and has completed 61 percent of his passes for 1,542 yards and 13 touchdowns.
But that’s a bit much to expect of a player that’s been the focal point of Philadelphia’s defense for most of the year.
But the Eagles may be getting closer to the end of their window as they get closer to an offseason free agency.
The Eagles have made a series of moves this offseason to improve their roster and the defense, including signing cornerback Malcolm Jenkins and adding linebacker Mychal Kendricks.
But one player who’s not expected to be released is defensive tackle DeMeco Ryans.
Ryans was not selected by the Eagles in the second round of the draft and is reportedly seeking a contract extension.
If Ryans is going to be with the Eagles, he’ll need to be able to make a deal.
Ryan was released by the Philadelphia Eagles in March, so the team was forced to let him go.
Ryancos salary is $6.75 million this season.
Ryants salary is just under $4.25 million.
The 30-year-old Ryans has missed at least four games in each season since 2010 and has only made five Pro Bowls in the past two seasons.
The Philadelphia Eagles will be without Ryancs services in 2019, and the team will be looking for help at the position.
The most likely scenario is Ryancys release.
If the Eagles do not make a trade, they could look to free-agent defensive end Chris Long.
Long was released last offseason after a disappointing rookie season and has not been a factor since.
The 32-year old Long is the Eagles best player at his position.
But if the Eagles can bring Long back, he could bring some stability to the Eagles defensive line.
Long is coming off a disappointing season and is looking to bounce back after the departure of Trent Cole.
If Long can come back healthy, the Eagles will have an effective rotation at the end.
The rest of the Eagles free agents will have to wait to see if the team can re-sign the remaining three players.
The Birds have made one of their first moves of free agency with defensive end Jordan Hicks signing a one-year contract.
Hicks signed a five-year, $60 million deal with the team, but the Eagles could potentially make Hicks an offer for another five years.
Hicks was the Eagles first free agent signing after the 2014 season.
He was a starter for two seasons with the Cowboys and then came to the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent.
He spent four years in Dallas and has been with the Giants, Packers and Rams.
Hicks is coming into his age-32 season.
Hicks will become an unrestricted free agent after this season and will be free to sign with any team.
The 2018 season for Hicks was his worst as he recorded three sacks in eight games.
Hicks spent the last four years with the Philadelphia Redskins, and he is expected to remain with the Redskins this offseason.
Hicks played for the Eagles from 2011-13.
He started 12 games in 2014 and played in 11 games in 2015.
Hicks has been waived by the Redskins and is expected in free agency in 2019.
The last player the Eagles had to release was safety Eric Rowe.
Rowe had a career year in 2016, recording 10 tackles for loss and one interception.
Rowe was released after his contract was cut.
Rowe is also a free agent and will likely look to sign elsewhere in the offseason.
Rowe played in three games with the Dallas Cowboys last season and was released.
Rowe will be 31 years old at the start and is entering the final year of his contract.
Rowe signed a one year, $2 million deal last offseason.
He is expected back in the NFL this offseason and could be one of the more productive safeties in the league.
Rowe has played in the Pro Bowl once in his career.
The 27-year age-34 Rowe played seven seasons in the NFC East and five in the AFC West.
Rowe finished his career with 10 interceptions and five forced fumbles.
Rowe joined the Eagles as an unrestricted Free Agent after the 2015 season.
Rowe and the Eagles also had to cut cornerback Brent Grimes, safety Josh Norman and linebacker Dontae Johnson.
It will be interesting to see whether the Eagles choose to bring Rowe back to the fold or keep him.
The defense was a big reason why the Eagles struggled last season.
This season, the defense is a major reason why they have a chance to compete for the NFC West crown.