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Neubeck: Hinkie And Kelly Aren’t Afraid To Win, Why Are You? - CBS Philly
“There’s no guarantee it works out” is not an excuse to stand pat with middling talent. Nothing is a guarantee. Not when guys tear muscles or break bones and have their trajectories altered routinely. Not when salary constraints necessitate athletes leaving for more money to capitalize on a small earning window. Sports are fickle, whether you’re trading players for future picks or giving up future flexibility for a shot at a star.

Will Anyone Else Follow Herremans Out The Door? - Inquirer
Cary Williams: The Eagles almost certainly will try to sign a veteran cornerback in free agency to replace Bradley Fletcher. They also probably will select one fairly early in the draft, but the chances of a rookie corner making an immediate impact typically aren’t very good. So, what to do about Williams? He has an $8.2 million cap number, but he isn’t an $8.2 million cornerback. The Eagles could save $6.5 million by releasing him. But who will replace him? How confident are the Eagles in Nolan Carroll as a potential starter? Williams is entering the final year of his deal, which doesn’t leave a lot of room for a restructuring.

Chip Kelly Update: Rebuilding the Roster - Fishduck
One of my worries about Chip Kelly taking full control over players is that he might find it hard to release hard working, good character guys like Casey and Herremans. So even though I’m sad to see them go, it’s a good sign that Chip could make those hard decisions.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: What About Tyvon Branch? - Birds 24/7
Branch (6-0, 210) carried a cap number of just under $10 million this season and was due a $1 million roster bonus on March 12. The former fourth-round pick out of Connecticut has only played in five games over the past two seasons because of injury. He underwent surgery to repair a broken foot this past September and suffered a broken leg the year prior. He has been a productive player for the Raiders when healthy. From 2009-12 he missed just two games and averaged 108 tackles per season. A cornerback on the collegiate level, Branch ran a 4.31 40 at the combine back in '08. Despite that background and speed, reports suggest he is at his best as an in-the-box safety and doesn't always excel in man coverage. To that end, it's unclear whether he would be a fit for Billy Davis' scheme.

Will the Eagles bring back cornerback Cary Williams? -
With free agency set to begin on March 7, the Eagles have not yet reached out to cornerback Cary Williams about restructuring his contract, a person with knowledge of the situation told NJ Advance Media.

Why Chip Kelly needs to trade up to reunite with Marcus Mariota - CBS Sports
We all know the value of the franchise quarterback in the NFL. Sustainable success comes with one. It's why Tom Brady won a Super Bowl 13 years ago, and was able to win another this season without one offensive player on the roster from that first ring-winning team. I am not saying Mariota is Brady. They aren't close to being alike. One is a pure pocket passer who was taken in the sixth round. The other is a spread quarterback who will need transitioning to the NFL if he winds up anywhere other than Philadelphia -- and is a sure-fire first-round pick. Mariota is a dual-threat quarterback, the kind Kelly needs to make his offense really go. Kelly has said all the right things about Foles and others running his system for the Eagles, but anybody who watched Kelly's Oregon teams knows they aren't good fits. They don't have the ability to run off the read-option plays. That limits the offense.

New Look Coming For Offensive Line -
Continuity fueled the performance of the Eagles' offensive line in 2013 and derailed it a season later. The release of guard Todd Herremans on Friday casts a new light for the offensive trenches. Herremans, a mainstay on this team since 2005, ended his 2014 season on Injured Reserve with a torn biceps injury. He's one of the Eagles you appreciate the most for his toughness, his loyalty, his performance on the field and his leadership in the locker room. Herremans will find a job in the NFL and, who knows in this crazy league, could make his way back to Philadelphia some day. Nothing is off the table for a player who can line up at both tackle spots and both guard spots and play well.

Eagles free-agent targets: QB Tarvaris Jackson - CSN Philly
To compete for a starting job? No way. To come in and back up? Yeah, sure. If Chip Kelly’s offense could convert Mark Sanchez from a QB who completed 55 percent of his passes to one who sets a franchise accuracy record, imagine what it could do for Jackson, who has Kelly’s desired mobility. Jackson is a good backup quarterback and I’d trust him as much as Sanchez to come in and win some games if the starter went down. In 2011, his last season as a starter, Jackson threw for 3,091 yards, completed 60.1 percent of his passes and threw 14 touchdowns to 13 interceptions for a 7-7 Seattle squad. Not bad. You could do a lot worse for a backup.

Vince Young scheduled to work out at new veteran combine - PFT
Michael Sam’s not going to be the only curiosity at the NFL’s first veteran combine on March 22. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, former first-round quarterback Vince Young will be there taking part as well.

NFL players react to the color-changing dress - SB Nation
Well the internet is all in a tizzy because of some nonesense this morning. On the plus size, the fact that weve spent so much time trying to figure out what colors are is defintive proof that racism has ended. But on the minus side, were wasting so much of our debate-time on such a trival matter that theres not going to be any outrage to use on real issues, like whether Adrian Petersons uniform next year should be gold and purple, or black and white horizontal stripes.

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