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Eagles News: Todd Herremans approves of trading for Marcus Mariota

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

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Quiz: How well do you know NFL referees? - PhillyVoice
Do you watch too much football? One way to determine that is to see if you can recognize a referee’s voice and identify who he is. So let's take a test. Can you match the audio clips below with each NFL referee? It's legitimately difficult. If you can get even half of these correct, you watch way too much football.

And So It Begins - Iggles Blitz
Jeremy Maclin did not get the franchise tag. This means the Eagles have a week to get him signed before all heck breaks loose. You don’t want Maclin hitting the open market. One bit of good news on the WR front. There could be a slew of veterans getting added to the mix. The Texans told Andre Johnson they will trade or cut him. You know the Eagles love former Texans. That could be interesting. Mike Wallace, Brandon Marshall, Pierre Garcon, Stevie Johnson, and Marques Colston are some other big names who could get cut this offseason.

Todd Herremans surprised he was released by Eagles, would trade up for Marcus Mariota -
Herremans says that if he were in the catbird seat, he would do the deal. "I would try to make a splash and go for it," he said. "If you feel like that's the one piece that's missing for you to win a Super Bowl, then go for it. But you have to think about the picks you have to give up for it. You're basically giving up top picks over the next few years and you could wind up basically depleting your roster. You only do that if you believe it's the one piece that's going to complete your team."

Inside Voices: Graham Not Out Of Picture - Birds 24/7
The Eagles still have interest in re-signing Brandon Graham. The two sides are expected to meet early this week, we’re told, presumably to try and knock out a deal. It's understandable why the Eagles would want to hold onto the 26-year-old. He has had a high production rate in two years under Chip Kelly, turned into a solid special teams contributor this past season and is already familiar with the system and culture. Without him, they would likely have to dive into the free-agent pool for help. And while they could theoretically grab someone like Jason Worilds, whom they've shown interest in previously, they would probably have to overspend to get him.

The Philosophy and Evolution of the Eagles Run Game Part 7- Stopping the Inside Zone - ChipWagon
The inside zone is the foundation play in Chip Kelly's run offense. In 2013, the Eagles tore defenses up on the ground primarily with Lesean McCoy using this play. Naturally, over the course of the last 2 seasons, defenses have schemed and experimented with different ways to defend the play.

The Big Question: Free Agency Or Draft? -
I will say that free agency is no guarantee of "impact" either. More often than not, the most expensive free agent contracts tend to be the most unsuccessful. Just ask the NFC East team a couple hours south. And yes, the rookie class from what is considered a deep draft will have every chance to earn their way onto the field early and often. But that doesn’t change my stance, the correct one, that the Eagles are more likely to get 2015 dividends from free agency this year than from the draft.

Jeffrey Lurie among the world's sports-related billionaires -
Near the bottom, though, just above freshman billionaire Michael Jordan (who by billionaire standards is almost a pauper), sits Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie. Lurie, as we all know, was born into the General Cinema movie theater empire, which was started by his grandfather, Philip Smith. Over the years, the conglomerate began assimilating with new pieces, expanding to include bottling companies, publishers, insurance companies, and various firms. At one point, it was worth $3.7 billion, but seems to have dwindled to a measly $1.1 billion, making the Eagles owner only the 19th richest man in professional sports.

Donovan McNabb a Hall of Famer? Warren Moon thinks so - CSN Philly
The long-time Oiler spoke with long-time NFL writer Clark Judge on and was asked what current non-Hall of Famer he would like to see enshrined in Canton. "I would say Donovan McNabb," Moon replied. "I would love to see him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I thought his career was exceptional. He went to … five championship NFC games, went to a Super Bowl, had a great touchdown-to-interception ratio as far as his passer rating and all that. Just a great competitor."

The 2015 NFL salary cap explained - SB Nation
The NFL salary cap is as high as it has ever been, but what exactly does that mean?

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