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Update on contract negotiations between Walter Thurmond and the Eagles

Should the Eagles bring him back?

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles have been very busy rewarding their home grown players with contract extensions so far this offseason. They have not been as quick to sign their impending free agents to new deals, save for a one year extension for Najee Goode. The Eagles have seven players scheduled to hit the open market when unrestricted free agency begins on Mar. 9. Sam Bradford is obviously the biggest name of the bunch, but it's also going to be interesting to see what happens with Walter Thurmond.

According to one report, the Eagles haven't opened discussions with Thurmond yet. That could change soon, however:

Thurmond's future with the team is unclear. It's a bit of a strange situation. He's coming off a season where he played well at a position he usually does not play: safety. New defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz might not see him as an ideal fit on the back end of the defense. He might like Thurmond at cornerback, where the Eagles might not want to pay him the money he could potentially get in free agency. Eric Rowe and Byron Maxwell are projected to be starters on the outside. Maybe Thurmond could move back to his usual position of nickel cornerback, but the Eagles still have JaCorey Shepherd in the mix. Thurmond's extensive injury history prior to the 2015 season is a concern as well.

Shortly after the season ended, Thurmond said he's open to returning to Philadelphia. He was also very honest about how it might not work out due to money. The Eagles still have cap space to work with but Fletcher Cox and Sam Bradford could potentially be in line for big new deals.

The Eagles should definitely at least see what it would take to bring Thurmond back. He's a talented player who has a knack for being around the ball and making plays. If it doesn't work out, they can let him test the market and he'll get the pay day he deserves elsewhere.

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