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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/2/2015.

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Fan-Demonium: Addressing The O-Line -
Football is a game we all love, but it is also very much a business. We got a reminder of that this week when the Eagles released guard Todd Herremans. He played 10 years for the team and was terrific at left guard, right tackle and finally at right guard. Herremans even started some games at left tackle during his career. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Herremans missed half the 2014 season with an injury and he will turn 33 during the 2015 season. The Eagles felt it was time to make a change.

Could the Eagles and Jaguars make a draft day trade? - Big Cat Country
As we get closer to the NFL Draft, there has been quite a bit of talk about the Philadelphia Eagles trading up into the Top 5 in order to pick quarterback Marcus Mariota. One of the most recent rumors involved the Eagles trading up to the No. 4 overall pick and including veteran running back LeSean McCoy in the deal, who it seems the Eagles are ready to part with. Mike Dempsey of Jaguars Today on 1010XL also floated this idea out one day last week on his show (I didn't hear it), but saw people discussing it on Friday and it got me thinking. Would you make the trade with the Eagles that netted you two first round picks, a second round pick and LeSean McCoy? I think I would.

Howie Roseman on trading up in the draft, free agency, the combine, analytics, and more - Inquirer
Howie Roseman said that the history of trading up for one player in the NFL Draft is not favorable for the team that must give up significant resources, which was one of the many topics the Eagles executive vice president of football operations addressed while speaking on a panel at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston on Saturday. The debate about the price associated with trading up for one player has been a popular one in Philadelphia in recent weeks because the Eagles would likely need to surrender valuable picks and/or players if they want to acquire Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota this spring. Roseman was not discussing Mariota or any specific player, but rather the topic of draft-day trades.

Will Eagles release Riley Cooper? Examining players that fit the post-June 1 designation -
If the Eagles want to move on from Cooper, cutting him with the post-June 1 designation is perhaps the only way to do it. As you can see, cutting Cooper on March 10 would allow the Eagles to save $1 million. If they do it after March 10, Cooper's cap number is actually higher if he is released. Will the team take advantage to get out of the five-year, $22 million deal that many view as a mistake? Cooper took a step back last season statistically, finishing with 258 less yards receiving and five less touchdowns. Still, the coaches defended Cooper last season despite heavy criticism from the outside, and seem intent on keeping him. If they let go of Cooper, the team would either have to sign a free agent, or count on taking a receiver in the draft to contribute right away.

Eagles free-agent targets: WR Torrey Smith - CSN Philly
Let’s make this clear: Torrey Smith isn’t on Jeremy Maclin’s level. Smith’s a good receiver but he’s not as well-rounded as J-Mac. However, if the Eagles and Maclin can’t work it out, then Smith would be a viable replacement option. Because of his height and body frame, Smith would be a good fit in Chip Kelly’s system. He’s probably a good blocker on the perimeter because the Ravens run similar stretch runs and have always featured a balanced offense. The Eagles really need to bring Maclin back, but if they don’t I think Smith would probably put up tremendous numbers in Kelly’s offense.

Cowboys likely to let DeMarco Murray test free agency - FOX Sports
The Dallas Cowboys have one franchise tag to use on March 2, and Cowboys Vice President Stephen Jones made clear Saturday that tag will be used on wide receiver Dez Bryant. Jones described talks with unrestricted free agent running back DeMarco Murray's agents as "slow" up to this point. "[Murray] is probably going to, you know, get some peace and see what's out in the market and then we'll talk and see. I do believe deep down he'd love to stay in Dallas."

Meet the sleeker, faster, redesigned 2015 NFL Draft prospect - SB Nation
In an auditorium with walls draped with lily white curtains, a man dressed in minimalist corporate dress walks towards center stage, stops at his microphone. He smiles, for he is the keeper of knowledge that the world is clamoring for. Those in the auditorium are stand-ins for the multitudes. The silence is awkward, but on whose end? He smiles because of the great deed he is about to perform. Or to enjoy his last moments of absolute power. Everyone wonders, including himself: Is he malevolent? And does it matter?

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