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The Byrd That Got Stuck in the Nest - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
I don’t know if the Eagles were going to make a play for Byrd, but it would have been nice to have the option. The Bills putting the tag on Byrd hurts the Eagles in a couple of ways. It takes a good target off the free agent market. And it affects Nate Allen. My guess is that the Eagles would like to re-sign him to a cheap deal. Fewer guys on the market helps Allen from a negotiating standpoint. No one is going to pay much for him, but all it takes is some other team offering a few more bucks. I think ideally the Eagles would like to keep Allen and add a high draft pick so that there are multiple options at Safety. Earl Wolff is already in place, but you want depth and competition. You can’t add one player and consider the situation solved.

Florida State's Benjamin the type of wideout Eagles would love - Les Bowen, Daily News
Kelvin Benjamin, the 6-5, 240-pound Florida State wide receiver who caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the National Championship game, would seem to be exactly the sort of weapon both Eagles fans and Chip Kelly have coveted.

Combine Notes: The Buzz Around Indy - Tim McManus, Birds 24/7
"The Eagles won’t spend." That was a quote from the representative of a free-agent defensive player, whose client will likely command somewhere between mid-level and high-end money. Asked for his reasoning, he said that was the general understanding out there about the team’s approach to free agency.

Draft may not yield ideal pass rusher for Eagles - Jeff McLane, Inquirer
Many thought the Eagles would get that outside linebacker in the 2013 draft - or at least one to develop. But the Dolphins drafted Dion Jordan one spot ahead of the Eagles with the No. 3 overall pick, and Kelly and general manager Howie Roseman never took a linebacker. A year later, they still need an edge rusher - possibly two, depending upon what they plan to do with Trent Cole and Brandon Graham. But the free-agent market isn't rife with 3-4 outside linebackers, and the draft's best prospects might not be around for the Eagles in the first round.

Will Eagles sign big $ safety? Don't bet on it - Reuben Frank, CSN Philly
You want T.J. Ward or Jairus Byrd. I want T.J. Ward or Jairus Byrd. The Eagles definitely would love to have T.J. Ward or Jairus Byrd. The reality is, it’s probably not going to happen.

Draft Risers And Sliders: OL And TE - Tony Pauline,
TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina: Ebron had a quick start to his Combine workout, initially completing 24 reps on the bench then timing 4.6 seconds in the 40. He later pulled himself from the pass catching dills and sat on the sidelines with ice on his leg to mend an injury. That's not a problem as the game film proves Ebron is a terrific pass catcher. On Saturday, he proved to have the speed necessary to be a vertical threat.

Michael Sam: 'I just wanna do what I love to do and that's play football' - Outsports
If Michael Sam handles blockers the way he handled the media at the NFL Combine today in Indianapolis, he has a bright playing future ahead of him. Sam, who came out publicly as gay two weeks ago, gave a press conference at the Combine and said all the right things and was never rattled. He smiled throughout and showed a ton of poise. He said his focus is football and being drafted, not being an activist.

NFL Combine 2014: Breaking down how each drill translates to the field - SBN NFL
The 2014 NFL Draft class is in Indianapolis this week going through a battery of tests and examinations at the Combine. So what does a three-cone drill, 40 time and all that other stuff really mean for players and teams? Danny Kelly sits down in the film room to explain.

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