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Eagles News: NFL insider thinks Philadelphia will spend in free agency

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Adam Schefter expects Eagles to be aggressive in free agency -
"I just expect them to be aggressive," ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter told 97.5 FM The Fanatic on Wednesday. "That's just how they've been. That's been their history. When Howie's involved, he just can't help himself. That's who he is. That's his make up. He's always wheeling and dealing, signing, making moves and never stands pat. I don't expect that they will stand pat."

Believe it or not, Howie Roseman has been Eagles' offseason MVP - CSN Philly
Now, in a way, none of this should be all that surprising. My criticisms of Howie have always been regarding his work on the scouting and player drafting end of things and not with his work on contracts, draft-day trades and salary cap. I’m still hopeful Lurie finds a strong personnel guy to run scouting, and Roseman can stick to what he does best: Crafting contracts that veterans can’t resist signing that simultaneously make sense under the Eagles’ salary cap. Not as easy as you might think.

With Sam Bradford deal, Eagles aim to contend in 2016 - ESPN
With the signing of Sam Bradford on Tuesday, the Philadelphia Eagles set the bar for their 2016 season. This is a team that expects to be in the playoffs, and it should be judged accordingly. The alternative would have been simple. With a new head coach, Doug Pederson, and a burning need to scrub vestiges of the Chip Kelly era from the NovaCare Complex, the Eagles could very easily have approached 2016 as a rebuilding season. That would mean drafting a young quarterback to develop, and that would translate to lowered expectations. The Eagles went a disappointing 7-9 under Kelly last season. If the team decided to hit the reset button and retool to take a run in 2017 and beyond, that would have been a reasonable approach.

A closer look at Sam Bradford's contract - PhillyVoice
Assuming he stays healthy, Bradford's presence will keep the Eagles competitive in an awful NFC East in 2016 and will allow them to develop a young quarterback or two in the background. For the right to sort of "have their cake and eat it too," the Eagles are paying a high rental fee.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Todd McShay Draft Notes - Birds 24/7
Later in the call, McShay raved about what he's seen from Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams. "I see a lot of good things in his tape, and I wish there was more of it at this level, and I wish there was more of it, to a certain degree, in a pro-style system," McShay said. "But he’s kind of like with Russell Wilson, throughout his career and then especially working behind that big offensive line for Wisconsin [in Wilson's] final year."

Early Birds: Eagles Positional Reviews: OL - Inquirer
I could see the Eagles taking a swing at Texans guard Brandon Brooks (6-5, 335). He’s only 26 and has been a steady presence on Houston’s o-line, particularly in pass protection, over the last three years. Fletcher Cox tossed Richie Incognito (6-3, 319) around like a ragdoll in last season’s game against the Bills, but the Buffalo guard otherwise had a strong season. He’s 32, however, and comes with baggage. The SteelersRamon Foster (6-5, 328) is another lunchpail-type interior lineman. The 30-year-old has made 87 starts, including all 16 last season. The SeahawksJ.R. Sweezy (6-5, 295) has had glimpses of greatness, particularly on the ground, but he’s susceptible in pass protection.

Eagles Shouldn't Be Sam's Club - Sports on Earth
But Bradford's shortcomings aren't exclusive to his Eagles tenure. In the time since he entered the league, 20 quarterbacks have started at least 60 games. Of that group, Bradford ranks dead last in touchdowns, touchdown percentage, yards per attempt and passer rating. He is also 19th in completion percentage. Yet, after signing his latest deal, Bradford now earns the 13th largest average salary in the league, tied with Pro Bowler Tony Romo and ahead of Super Bowl-winning luminaries such as Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

Hints From Dave - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles will add WR help, but can be smart shoppers. They don’t need to overpay a player. Roddy White was just cut by the Falcons. The Eagles shouldn’t pay him any attention for the next month. If White is still on the market in April and nothing else worked out, maybe you talk to him. He is a declining player. There is no reason to run over and offer him a deal. Look at the market and see what else is out there. Nate Washington is a veteran starter, but is several years younger than White. Or maybe the team looks at Andre Holmes, who has started and played on STs. With no great targets, the Eagles need to be smart shoppers.

Draft Memories: Jordan Matthews -
"It was kind of weird because I really wanted to go in the first round, so I was upset when the first round ended and I hadn’t been selected. But then I was like, ‘You know what, I’m really blessed. Not a lot of guys get this opportunity.’ So I just had the thought that whoever picked me was going to get one of the hungriest guys in the draft. Once I got picked by the Eagles, I was so ready to get here. I knew about the offense, I knew about Nick Foles, and he’d just been to the Pro Bowl, I knew Jeremy Maclin was coming back from injury and Riley Cooper was coming off a great season, so I thought it was the perfect place to go to get acclimated to the league and succeed."

After yesterday’s moves, the quarterback market is kind of gross - PFT
It’s hard to argue that Kirk Cousins is worth $19.9 million for a single year, or that Sam Bradford is worth $18 million a year for two, except for one thing — that pesky law of supply and demand. Washington and Philadelphia were forced into spending amounts that don’t seem consistent with the resumes of the quarterbacks they spent on, simply because there aren’t enough to go around.

Adrift on the S.S. Gronk, where nothing bad can ever happen - SB Nation
I’d like you to imagine something for a moment. I’d like you to imagine hundreds of people in matching zebra-stripe Zubaz headbands. I’d like you to imagine them on a tiny island in the Bahamas — a glorified sandbar, really — that hosts little beyond lizards, crabs, coconuts, and Bud Light, 50 miles from the next significant land mass. I’d like you to imagine them tanning and dancing and twerking and cradling bottles of Fireball, and at their center, surrounded by two brothers, a father, and an ever-adjusting wall of cameras straining to get a selfie with him: Rob Gronkowski, All-Pro New England Patriots tight end and designated party cruise captain.

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