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Hitting the Market - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
Will the Eagles be interested in Byrd? You bet. Will the Eagles sign him? That’s tougher to figure. Byrd is a very good Safety and that is a position where the Eagles need help in a big way, but I don’t think Byrd is a player you hand a blank check. As Howie Roseman says, you must have a walkaway figure. Lots of teams will have interest in Byrd. I don’t think the Eagles will get into a bidding war for his services. I could see them making a big offer, but I doubt this will be a Jon Runyan/Jevon Kearse/Asante Samuel type of thing. Those guys were given record setting mega-deals.

GM For A Day: Philadelphia Eagles - Mike Tanier, Sports On Earth
The safety position has been a Philadelphia obsession since the team released Brian Dawkins. It has also been a mess. The team's past crazy lunging between defensive schemes ruined Nate Allen, who still hears Juan Castillo telling him to simultaneously defend the B-gap and the deep half of the field in his nightmares. The Eagles tried to revive Patrick Chung's career last season, with predictable results: Bill Belichick is the kind of guy who sifts and shreds his trash before he throws it away. Enough about the past, let's draft some safeties! Most mock drafts send Calvin Pryor of Louisville to the Eagles, and the shoe fits: He's a big hitter, he has range, and he can pick off passes, making him a little bit of a Dawkins Lite. Jerseys go on sale May 11th.

Eagles free-agent targets: Lamarr Houston - CSN Philly
I probably sound like a broken record with these free agents, but Houston is like most of them -- a young, rising, promising prospect who mostly likely will be tagged or signed to a long-term deal before hitting free agency or just too rich for the Eagles’ blood. I’d have no objection to the Eagles' signing Houston, but there will probably be too many bidders and inflated price tag if he hits the open market. Would he be an upgrade over Cedric Thornton? Probably. He’s an improving pass rusher and very good against the run. But he’s not an upgrade enough to spend millions on and stunt Thornton’s development. In the end, it’ll be Thornton, Fletcher Cox and Bennie Logan.

Free agency's big spenders, pretenders, surprises - Marc Sessler,
Philadelphia Eagles: With the "Dream Team" debacle deep in the rearview mirror, general manager Howie Roseman might be willing to pull the trigger to help Chip Kelly add more Kelly-esque athletes. More than $20 million under the cap, Philly remains one of the NFL's more intriguing outposts from a team-building perspective.

Maclin's Inspirational Journey To The NFL -
In a segment from our show 'Inside The Season' from 2012, we take a look at wide receiver Jeremy Maclin's background, how he became the man he is today, and what he likes to do in his free time with his family ...

NFL daft - Jon Bois, SBN NFL
A partial history of draft day's terrible decisions and total failures.

NFL Stance on Gay Rights, Slurs Is Good Business - Jason Notte, The Street
Without voicing any clear stance on the legislation, the NFL made its intentions clear in a statement reminding Arizona of the fact that its "policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard.'' It was also a subtle reminder that the NFL isn't afraid to just yank its marquee event away from Arizona when it takes a step backward. The NFL moved its 1993 Super Bowl from Tempe to Pasadena, Calif., after Arizona voted against recognizing a federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1990.

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