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Eagles News: Philadelphia scout meets with Christian Hackenberg at Penn State pro day

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Possible Eagles, Giants NFL Draft target Christian Hackenberg 'wows' at Penn State Pro Day -
Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg has been linked to the Eagles in recent mock drafts and the enigmatic NFL Draft prospect seems to have turned some heads at his Pro Day Thursday. With Sam Bradford signed to a two-year deal earlier this month and Chase Daniel brought in to back him up on a three-year contract, the Eagles could be eyeing Hackenberg as a candidate to develop as the franchise's quarterback of the future. The Eagles were the first team to approach Hackenberg after he finished throwing Thursday, according to multiple reports.

The difference (money-wise) between Howie Roseman the GM and Chip Kelly the GM - PhillyVoice
Both Givens and Austin should have been given extremely low level deals. Roseman landed Givens on one, while Kelly inexplicably gave Austin a deal that made him the 64th highest paid WR in the league. That is essentially low-end number two or high-end number three receiver money. Kelly had little understanding of football economics, highlighted by the deals given to Austin and DeMarco Murray. That is an area where Roseman is an asset.

Free Agency Update - Iggles Blitz
I know some think the Eagles were desperate for WR help. I disagree. They do need better WR play in 2016, but the answer could already be on the team in the person of Nelson Agholor. He flashed big talent last year, but struggled with injuries and too often played like a rookie. The Eagles can’t count on Agholor being the answer this year. They hope he is and think he’ll play much better, but the team needed to add a veteran receiver in free agency to come in and compete for snaps. The Eagles can also add a WR in the draft. Givens isn’t the answer, but he can help the group play better in 2016.

Eagles Wake-Up Call Mailbag: Daniel’s Contract - Birds 24/7
I’ve been pretty surprised about the persistent talk surrounding Chase Daniel’s contract. Yes, he received a lot of money, but some of the stats thrown around are pretty disingenuous. The most misleading, in my mind, is when people say Daniel gets paid more than several NFL starters. If you take a look at Spotrac’s ranking of quarterback contracts by average money, Daniel is slotted at 23rd with $7 million per year. Some have used this as evidence that the Eagles are paying Daniel starting money and that there is, despite Doug Pederson’s comments, a quarterback competition.

Trading Dead Money: Eagles Reaping Benefits of Flexible Guarantee Structure - Over The Cap
Fortunately for the Eagles – and when I "fortunately" I do not intend to imply that this was accidental – these contracts were structured such that only a small portion of the guaranteed money came in the form of a signing bonus ($5 million out of $18 million for Murray and $6 million out of $25 million for Maxwell). As a result, the Eagles were able to trade away $9 million of the $13 million worth of potential dead money associated with Murray and 11.5 million of the $16.3 million worth of potential dead money associated with Maxwell. The Eagles were also able to trade away $1 million out of $2 million worth of potential dead money associated with Mark Sanchez. The Titans, Dolphins and Broncos, respectively, are now instead responsible for this potential dead money (unless any of these players are traded again prior to the season).

In theory, Eagles don't have many holes to fill - CSN Philly
The Eagles still have plenty of needs as the NFL transitions from its busy free-agent period to the draft. Actually, there are few positions we could say are completely settled or wouldn't benefit from additional talent and depth. But as far as holes, or areas where an immediate, starting-caliber upgrade isn't merely essential, but a requirement, the Eagles don't have many. In fact, there may not be any at all, at least as far as the top of the depth chart is concerned. The Eagles did an excellent job not only re-signing their own key players offseason, but filling needs through free agency. If you look at the roster position by position, there arguably isn't a single area where the club is lacking a capable starter at the very least.

Smallwood: Goodell should not be NFL judge, jury and executioner - Daily News
Although the agreement has no opt-out clause and will last through the 2020 season, discord between the NFL and NFLPA is never good for business and usually ends up costing both sides. That’s likely why the two sides are even entering negotiations about Goodell and his ability to act as judge, jury and executioner in disciplinary cases involving off-the-field conduct by players. It’s a bad situation the players negotiated into, but Goodell has bungled so many high-profile cases recently that his absolute power in such situations has not only made the NFL look foolish but has also cost the league millions of dollars in legal fees for cases that the NFLPA has taken to the judicial system.

Where Are They Now? LB Mark Simoneau -
Mark Simoneau was given a fresh start. Following three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, the linebacker was traded to Philadelphia in 2003 for two mid-round draft choices. "I was a restricted free agent that year," Simoneau said. "I was assuming I was just going to sign my restricted tender and play out that year and then become a free agent. But I was excited. In Atlanta, I think I had a chance to start maybe seven or eight games and play a lot of nickel and that sort of thing. I was just looking forward to the opportunity to compete for a starting job.

The NFL is fine with its confusing catch rule - SB Nation
The league will tweak the rules on chop blocks and horse collars and institute an automatic ejection for players who get two personal fouls in single game, but no changes are coming on how to determine whether or not a player caught a football.

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