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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/8/2015.

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Eagles shouldn't hand a blank check to Jeremy Maclin - PhillyVoice
Would the Eagles be better off with Maclin than without him? Unquestionably. Would it be unfortunate to open up yet another hole on a roster already full of them? Again, unquestionably.  The Eagles want to sign Maclin, and Maclin wants to stay. However, is it worth paying a receiver with two torn ACLs to his credit and only one 1000+ yard season that occurred in the new coach's high octane offense, in the ballpark of, oh, say, $10-12 million per year? Jeremy Maclin is good. Is he THAT good?

Saturday FA Update - Iggles Blitz
I think McCourty should be the top priority for the team, but I’m not as sure on that being true as I am the Eagles wanting Maxwell. The Eagles have some different thoughts at Safety so these reports may or may not be true.

The Philosophy and Evolution of Eagles Run Game Part 8- Adjusting to the Adjustments - ChipWagon
The next series of posts will illustrate how Chip has reacted to some of these adjustments that the defense has made. We'll talk about various formations, we'll talk about the counter play, we'll talk about the split zone the Eagles like to run along with the various motions that they use. But let's first talk formations. As we mentioned yesterday, the thinking behind some of the defensive strategies we've seen is based upon the fact that Eagles dictate the playside with their inside zone formation. In other words, when the defense see where Lesean McCoy or Darren Sproles line up, they believe they know where the play is designed to go. As we've seen, sometimes the defense can't stop it anyway, and other times the defense really attacks that playside A gap and play good backside contain to plug up the play.

Maxwell, sure to get big money, seems to fit the Eagles - Inquirer
Byron Maxwell, during a media tour last week, said that he "definitely . . . would have to consider" the Eagles if they were interested in signing him. No offense to Jeffrey Lurie's franchise, but Maxwell would consider the Philadelphia Soul if they could find a way into the NFL and pony up enough cash to lure the cornerback away from what is expected to be a host of suitors once free agency opens on Tuesday.

Eagles fans shouldn't be so hard on Cary Williams - Daily News
WITH THE NEWS earlier this week that the Eagles had released Cary Williams, a good many of the team's fans took to social media to give him a single-digit salute and hurl the kind of insults at the 30-year-old cornerback that they never, ever would have had the guts to hurl if he was standing in front of them. But that's par for the course these days when so many manage to find courage only when they're hiding behind an anonymous user name or a blog that doesn't require them ever to visit a locker room and look a man in the eye.

Fan-Demonium: Christmas In March? - PE.com
Football season runs from September through January, maybe early February if you are lucky. There is nothing like the action and excitement you experience in those months. A shutout win over the Giants can put you on cloud nine. A crushing loss Washington can put you at rock bottom. Football season is an amazing emotional roller coaster. While nothing comes close to that, the first week of free agency is pretty special in its own right. There is something magical about seeing your team land the star player that everyone wanted. I'll never forget the moment I refreshed the ESPN homepage on my computer and saw that Jevon Kearse was an Eagle. That was incredible. The flip side of that is missing on a free agent can also be heartbreaking. I remember listening to radio and finding out LeCharles Bentley had spurned the Eagles and signed with Cleveland. The whole world expected him to be an Eagle, but he changed his mind at the last minute. Ugh.

Eagles free-agent targets: RB Ray Rice - CSN Philly
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Best fits for free agent defensive backs - NFL.com
While a deal with McCourty could still get done in New England, the Philadelphia Eagles will likely put a full-on blitz on the best safety on the market. Flush with cap space, Chip Kelly is likely to spend on the defensive side of the ball. McCourty's versatility would immediately help the Eagles' worst unit.

2015 NFL free agents: DeMarco Murray tops running backs available - SB Nation
Running backs are being devalued in today's game, but there are still plenty of difference makers on the market.

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