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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 2/18/2015.

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Power Rankings: Rating the Eagles' seasons over the last 15 years - PhillyVoice
There have been 15 seasons of Eagles football in the new millennium. Most of them were pretty entertaining, but obviously none of them resulted in a Lombardi Trophy. Let's rank those 15 seasons, from most enjoyable to least enjoyable.

The Plan - Iggles Blitz
Based on Kelly’s talks with the media, you would think he would be the type not to have a specific plan. I can see him saying “Let’s go find some good players.” But Kelly doesn’t open up for the media very often. We might get simplistic soundbites, but they may not accurately reveal what he’s thinking.

Ducks In the Draft - Birds 24/7
We wrote a similar post this time last year and it proved to be worthwhile, as Chip Kelly ended up selecting a pair of Oregon players — Josh Huff and Taylor Hart — in the 2014 draft.  It would be no surprise if he plucked a Duck or two again, especially now that he has full authority to build this team in his vision. With that in mind, let’s look at a handful of Oregon prospects (not named Marcus Mariota) that could be taken in the upcoming draft. The projected rounds are courtesy of CBS Sports.

Top NFL prospects ready to audition at scouting combine - Inquirer
With the Super Bowl two weeks in the rearview mirror, the NFL's attention shifts to its annual scouting combine, bringing 323 prospects along with coaches, evaluators, and doctors from 32 NFL teams to Indianapolis this week. Players began arriving Tuesday. On-field testing begins Friday. The first three days for each positional group are designated for medical examinations, measurements, psychological testing, team interviews, and media interviews. Testing comes on the final day.

Titans are key to landing Marcus Mariota - ESPN
After the Titans, the next three teams in the draft appear to be set at quarterback. Jacksonville is building around Blake Bortles. Oakland saw very good signs from Derek Carr. Washington is still paying off the mortgage it took out to acquire Robert Griffin III. That brings you to the New York Jets at No. 6. Are the Jets ready to move on from Geno Smith? With a new general manager and coaching staff, there is no one left with any investment in Smith. A team hoping to land Mariota might be able to get him by doing a deal with the Jets for the sixth pick. But that team could be a lot more certain of its chances by making a trade with Tennessee.

Mayock: NFL Scouting Combine won't help Marcus Mariota - CSN Philly
Some former college football players will vaunt into the national spotlight this week at the annual NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Some obscure receiver’s draft stock will skyrocket after he blazes the 40-yard dash. Someone unknown lineman will wow scouts with an impressive bench press and shuttle. But for quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Brett Hundley, two dual-threat college stars whose athleticism will surely tantalize Eagles coach Chip Kelly, there isn’t a drill they could master or spiral they could heave this week to change the consensus about them.

Dez Bryant voices displeasure with Dallas Cowboys - The 700 Level
Turmoil in Texas? Oh, no. Dez Bryant took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon to voice his displeasure with the Dallas Cowboys. USA Today Sports says he "blasted" the Cowboys but to me it just comes off as a guy who wanted a bigger commitment not getting one. So in a sense, Dez is kind of like Britt on "The Bachelor," except he still gets some commitment and millions of dollars while she is left with nothing but tears.

Early Thoughts On Free Agency, Draft -
It’s still too early to know who will hit the market in free agency, but I find it hard to believe that teams are going to allow too many difference-making players to reach the streets. The salary cap is expected to be adjusted in the next couple of weeks and teams could have as much as an extra $10 million to spend if the cap rises that much, as has been reported. New England has a pair of outstanding defensive backs in cornerback Darrelle Revis and safety Devin McCourty. The Patriots also had quarterback Tom Brady restructure his contract to allow more freedom to retain outstanding players, so will either of those players reach the market? Byron Maxwell from Seattle? Outstanding cornerback. But will the Seahawks really let him go and weaken their secondary? Let’s wait until March 9 to dig in deep here. The market looks great now. It’s going to look dramatically different when free agency begins.

The Free Agent Hot 100 - PFT
The following are PFT’s top 100 free agents for the 2015 league year. The rankings include prospective unrestricted and restricted free agents, as well as released players. The list will be updated as events warrant, with signings and re-signings denoted when announced and/or reported.

2015 NFL Combine preview: 8 key storylines to know - SB Nation
Although free agency doesn't begin until March 10, talks will intensify as NFL executives and agents flood into Indianapolis. Teams won't be publicly talking about free agents on other teams -- they can't because of silly tampering rules -- but it will happen behind closed doors. At the combine, we could start to get some indication on the future of top free agents like Ndamukong Suh and DeMarco Murray, and many others.

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