The Linc - The Eagles Called About Jairus Byrd

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/11/2014.

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The Eagles should think about lightening LeSean McCoy's load - JimmyK, Philly.com
LeSean McCoy is widely considered a top 3 RB in the NFL and taking him off the field when you're in the heat of the moment seems crazy at times. However, the Eagles really should consider ways they can begin working in Brown and Polk more often to lighten McCoy's load, so he can continue to be the elite player he is for years to come.

Free Agency Q&A - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
No to McCluster.
He was 53-511-9.6 this year as a receiver. Those aren’t compelling numbers. He isn’t a KOR. McCluster did have a pair of PR scores, but they came against a bad Giants team and a bad Skins team. I don’t think McCluster would be a bad addition. I just don’t anticipate the Eagles going for him. He’s been a disappointment in the NFL and it isn’t like you can say he hasn’t gotten any chances.

Eagles could strike quickly in free agency again - Zach Berman, Inquirer
When free agency opened last March, the Eagles agreed to deals with five players within the first four hours. Two days later, they signed three more. When free agency begins on Tuesday at 4 p.m., the Eagles could take a similarly quick, targeted approach. General manager Howie Roseman has had two months to plan for the free-agent period and three days to negotiate with agents. Last season provided a good example of the team's philosophy of identifying free agents and going after them once the market opens.

NFL free agents 2014: Eagles called about Jairus Byrd, according to report - ESP, NJ.com
According to John Clayton of ESPN, the Eagles have called the agent for safety Jairus Byrd.It is not yet known how serious the interest is. Clayton reported the contact on "SportsCenter."

Get Lucky: How the Five Best NFL Free-Agent Signings Ever Came to Be - Grantland
Relying on free agency in the NFL is a historically risky way to live. The open market is the Craigslist of professional football, full of already used goods that, for one reason or another, weren’t considered worth keeping around. When a player hits free agency, there’s always a question about why it was allowed to happen. If he’s really that good, why would a team just let him walk out the door?

Alterraun Verner might be the NFL's top free agent. | SportsonEarth.com : Mike Tanier
You may not know much about Alterraun Verner, but you should. Playing in relative anonymity in Tennessee, Verner has quietly developed into one of the game's top cornerbacks. Here's why he could be the best free agent on the market.

Are these recently released NFL players bargains or busts? | SportsonEarth.com : Mike Tanier
There's no loyalty in the NFL. Players can go from stars to cut any day. We look at recently released players, from Cortland Finnegan to Jason Avant to Davone Bess, that could be bargains -- for the right team.

PFT Commenter's top 5 free agents - PFT Commenter, SB Nation NFL
Who are the grittiest receivers, quarterbacks and fitness models that are worth spending your salary cap on?

The NFL's Best GMs - Patrick Daughtery, Rotoworld
13. Howie Roseman - Eagles
You could argue this is too high for one of the architects of the most disastrous free-agent class in recent memory. Roseman’s role in Philly’s ill-fated "Dream Team" will be a stain he wears until he trades in his suits for pleated-retirement khakis. But he couldn’t have bought a better detergent than Chip Kelly. Roseman replaced a weary Andy Reid with arguably the brightest offensive mind of a generation, and has put his team one step ahead of an ever-changing NFL as a result. As an evaluator and player procurer, Roseman leaves much to be desired. But Kelly provides an easy-to-follow blueprint, lessening the room for error. The degree to which Roseman is tied to his head coach is highly unusual for a modern GM. Thankfully, he’s chosen the right one — the kind that should make him look like a genius in due time.

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