SEINFELD had the Summer of George. The Eagles are in the midst of the Offseason of Carson.
Their top priority since the start of the free-agency signing period has been to surround their young quarterback with as many complementary offensive pieces as they could get their hands on.
They signed speedy wide receiver Torrey Smith, who had caught 30 touchdown passes in four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens before sinking into an abyss in San Francisco for two years, to a cheap three-year deal that included just $500,000 in guaranteed money.
They shocked a lot of people by massaging a fairly tight salary cap and finding enough room to sign the top-rated wideout in free agency, Alshon Jeffery, to a one-year deal worth $9.5 million.
They added some depth to the offensive line in charge of protecting Wentz by signing guard Chance Warmack to a one-year deal.
"When you have a (quarterback), it changes your perspective on what you need and what your priorities are," executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said last month at the NFL scouting combine.
"You can't minimize how important it is. When you have that guy, then the focus is on building around him."
The Eagles entered the draft with a lot of defensive needs. They needed cornerbacks, plural. They needed an edge rusher. They needed help at linebacker.
Still, the smart money Thursday night was on them adding one more offensive chess piece for Wentz in first round before finally turning their attention to Jim Schwartz's defense in Friday's second and third rounds.
Then, as often happens, the draft took some unexpected twists and turns before the Eagles went on the clock at 14, and Schwartz ended up a big winner when Roseman and vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas presented him with one of the draft's top pass rushers, Derek Barnett of Tennessee.
Eight of the first 12 players off the board unexpectedly ended up being offensive players, including the draft's top three wide receivers - Corey Davis, Mike Williams and John Ross - and the top two running backs - Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey. Three quarterbacks also were taken in front of the Eagles.
The run on quarterbacks should have helped drop some of the top skill-position weapons down to the Eagles. But that didn't happen.
The versatile McCaffrey would've been a perfect fit for coach Doug Pederson's West Coast hybrid offense. But, as the draft drew closer, it became evident that he wasn't going to be around when the Eagles went on the clock.
When Jacksonville took Fournette with the fourth pick, it was a fait accompli that Carolina would select the former Stanford star at 8.
The biggest surprise, and what had the biggest impact on the Eagles, was the three wideouts going so quickly.
The Tennessee Titans threw everybody, including the Eagles, a curveball when they took Davis, who had 332 receptions and 52 touchdowns in four seasons at mid-major Western Michigan, with the fifth pick. It wasn't surprising that the Titans took a wide receiver, but most people thought it would be Williams.
After the Titans took Davis, the San Diego Chargers took Clemson's Williams two picks later at No. 7. Two picks after that, the Bengals grabbed Ross, the undersized speed demon from the University of Washington who broke the 40-dash record at the scouting combine, running a 4.22.
"We were real excited to get Derek," Roseman said. "He was the highest-rated guy on our board. He fits our scheme. He fits the culture we're trying to build. We think we got a tremendous player and a tremendous person."
It appears they did. Nonetheless, if one of the three wideouts had still been on the board, there's a good chance the Eagles would have taken him ahead of Barnett.
"We spent a lot of time going through all of the scenerios," Roseman said. "We didn't have any scenerios that looked like what happened here. It was real interesting how it went before us. Rolled off differently than we expected. At the same time, getting Derek was a great scenario for us. We're really excited about him."
Barnett was a good get in that the Eagles absolutely need to improve their pass rush. They finished in the middle of the pack in sacks (34) and sacks per pass play last year. Had only 14 sacks in their last 10 games. Got only 13 sacks from their top three defensive ends - Brandon Graham, Connor Barwin and Vinny Curry the entire season.
"We did expect that there would be some good players at the 14th pick," Roseman said. "Now, the names of those guys might've been a little different than we thought. But we anticipated we would get a good player, and we have."
Pederson acknowledged that "it was surprising" to see Davis, Williams and Ross go so quickly. Davis is coming off ankle surgery. Ross, despite his record run at the combine, is coming off shoulder surgery and has had two major knee repairs.
"I'm happy with the guy we got," Pederson said. "Derek fits exactly what we're trying to build here. Being a former quarterback in this league, anytime you can acquire pass rushers to get after the quarterback makes us better.
"We have seven more picks. There's going to be a lot more turns and twists. But this was a great start for us."