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Some Free Agent Talk - Iggles Blitz
We’d all love Devin McCourty, but I just don’t see the Pats letting him hit the market. The player I would like is Rahim Moore from Denver. He is a centerfielder type, which is what I think the Eagles need. The Eagles love to talk about interchangeable Safeties. They may prefer Marcus Gilchrist of the Chargers. He can play in the box or in the slot, but isn’t as natural downfield. I loved him coming out of Clemson so I’d be fine with adding him as well.

Maclin Hopeful For A Deal To Get Done -
Jeremy Maclin knows he has to respect the business side of the game, exercise patience and have confidence that the best situation will emerge as he waits for the next step in his NFL career.

Free Agent Options At Guard - Birds 24/7
If the Eagles want to net Iupati or Franklin, they’ll have to come with the dough. For reference, the Titans signed Andy Levitre to a six-year, $46.8 million deal ($13 million guaranteed) in 2013. Rodger Saffold inked a five-year, $31 million contract ($11 million guaranteed) with St. Louis last year. They could also attack the position in the draft. The top three prospects, per CBS Sports, are South Carolina’s A.J. Cann (6-3, 313), Duke’s Laken Tomlinson (6-3, 323) and Florida State’s Tre’ Jackson (6-4, 330). Jackson told us at the combine that he had both formal and informal talks with the Eagles in Indy. All three are projected to be Day 2 picks.

The Philosophy and Evolution of the Eagles Run Game Part 6- Inside Zone Miscues - ChipWagon
Let's have a look at just a few of the miscues when running the inside zone this past season. Let's start with Lesean McCoy. We've covered the inside zone extensively, and by now you should be well versed in where it is designed to go. However, when it comes to zone blocking one of the benefits is that it creates a series of natural cutback lanes. However, sometimes, given the situation and down and distance you want a back just to put his head down and hit the hole hard. This isn't really Lesean McCoy's style, and who am I to question that. Lesean gains a ton of yards by cutting back and stretching the play out. He is a dynamic running back and I don't want to change that. However, it needs to be understood that sometimes 3 yards on 1st down is better than -3, especially when you consider how this offense wants to run tempo.

Manager refutes rumor that Eagles' Riley Cooper was kicked out of Philly bar -
A rumor that spread Friday night on social media about Eagles receiver Riley Cooper being kicked out of a bar is false, according to the bar's manager. Matt Taylor, the regional manager of Tavern on Broad, told NJ Advance Media that Cooper was at the downtown Philadelphia bar on Friday night, but there was no incident. Cooper was there with teammate Jason Kelce, and both left at 9 p.m., Taylor said. "[Cooper] was fine," Taylor said.

Eagles Offseason Overview: Tight ends/Special teams - Inquirer
The Eagles don’t have any free agents at tight end or specialists. If there is any roster decision to watch, it’s with Celek’s contract. Celek is due $4.8 million in 2015. There would be no dead money if he is cut, although he maintains an important role in the offense, as noted above. The Eagles could always try to renegotiate if they wanted some cap relief. As of now, Celek is still slated to earn that salary. Dorenbos and Jones both draw veteran salaries, but they are not burdensome on the cap.

Eagles free-agent targets: OLB Jabaal Sheard - CSN Philly
I once had a US Air flight delayed two hours because of a mechanical issue that required a replacement part being shipped in from Cleveland. A veteran scribe on the same flight said to me, "You know it’s bad when you need something from Cleveland." No doubt. There was a time I liked Sheard, when he had 15 1/2 sacks in his first two seasons. But he’s clearly a 4-3 DE, not a 3-4 OLB. Good player against the run but not an adequate replacement for Brandon Graham.

Ridge had no problem with Eagles stadium in Philly flight path - PFT
One of the companies trying to build a stadium in L.A. has paid former Director of Homeland Security Tom Ridge to prepare a report that finds a competing project to present an unacceptable risk of terrorism due to its presence in the LAX flight path. Former Director of Homeland Security and former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge once arranged for the use of public money to help build a stadium in Philadelphia that, you guessed it, sits in the local airport’s flight path.

49ers to let Mike Iupati test market, Reggie Wayne is mulling retirement and other NFL news - SB Nation
One of the cornerstones of the Jim Harbaugh era in San Francisco was the massive, mauling offensive lines that paved the way for Frank Gore and the running game. The unit did regress this past season, but even with Mike Iupati's struggles, the 49ers are a better team with him than without him. Unfortunately, keeping Iupati will be a tall order, and the 49ers will let him test the open market, according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.

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