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Eagles News: Philadelphia needs to spend cap space wisely in NFL free agency

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/7/16.

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Eagles have needs to fill in free agency, but not much cap money - Daily News
According to, the Eagles enter Monday's "legal tampering" period, two days before the 4 p.m. Wednesday official start of free agency, with $17,460,770 in cap room. That ranks them 21st in an NFL in which, suddenly, 10 teams have more than $40 million to spend against the $155 million cap. Four teams have more than $50 million freed up - the Jaguars ($80.9 million), Raiders ($65.7 million), Giants ($55.77 million) and the 49ers ($53.8 million).

Buyer Beware - Iggles Blitz
There was a report last week that the Eagles could bring back CB Nolan Carroll. If true, you wonder what he would play. Is this about moving Eric Rowe to Safety? Would Carroll be the Nickel CB? Would they consider him at S? I wonder what the future is for Thurmond and Carroll. I don’t think Thurmond is meant to play S in the new defense. I do think he could be a good Nickel CB.

Doug Pederson says Eagles will be shopping for free agent wide receivers - PhillyVoice
At a minimum, the Eagles will need to add depth. Speaking to reporters at the NovaCare Complex last Thursday, Doug Pederson was asked about his young wide receivers. Unprompted, he noted during his answer that the Eagles will be shopping for receivers in free agency. "They’re young, they’re talented," said Pederson. "I think they have a good rapport with Sam. I think he’ll be able to work with them. I think that’s very important. I still think you have to create depth at that spot, at that position. We’ll look into free agency there, and then obviously the draft. But I think it’s a good, talented, young group of receivers."

NFL Free Agency: Rishard Matthews makes a ton of sense for Eagles -
Matthews, 6-foot-0, 217 pounds, is expected to be available when the legal tampering period opens up in the NFL on Monday. He has spent the first four seasons of his career with the Miami Dolphins, totaling 107 catches, 1,396 yards and eight touchdowns in 49 career games. Although he is not a No. 1 option, Matthews would give the Eagles two things they need in a receiver -- experience and potential.

Eagles free-agent targets: LBs Stephen Tulloch, Nigel Bradham - CSN Philly
Entering his 11th season, there may not be a linebacker in the NFL with more experience playing behind the wide-nine defensive front Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz employs. Tulloch missed 13 games in 2014 with a torn ACL and saw his effectiveness decline last season, resulting in the Lions' decision to part ways in February. Would likely serve as a stop-gap at best, but Tulloch brings leadership, knowledge of the scheme and depth to a unit lacking in all three. Undersized and has no doubt lost a step, although he was never the biggest or fastest player on the field, making up for it with his football IQ and fundamentally sound play.

Can Free Agency Help Bolster O-Line? -
It is no secret that the Eagles would like to bolster the offensive line, that while they have the belief in tackles Lane Johnson and Jason Peters along with center Jason Kelce, there are question marks at the guard spots. At noon on Monday, the chase begins in the NFL free agency period ...

League softens its stance on the legal tampering period - PFT
In prior years, a nonsensical "look-but–don’t-touch" approach applied, allowing positions to be exchanged but not allowing any actual offers to be made or tentative agreements to be reached — ignoring the possibility that in the exchange of positions the two sides may eventually realize that an overlap exists. This year, in addition to shortening the window from three days to two (it opens Monday at 12:00 p.m. ET), the NFL has expanded the permissible activities that may occur during the negotiating period.

Little room in the Redskins’ salary cap for a big splash in free agency - Washington Post
Washington will be in the black once it releases quarterback Robert Griffin III, which will clear $16.155 million off the salary cap. But the Redskins are projected to have between $8 million and $11 million in cap space after that transaction, not a lot of money in NFL terms. The Redskins aren’t expected to be major players in free agency as General Manager Scot McCloughan again aims to build through the draft, but they will try to create more cap space by either restructuring or releasing players to acquire complementary roster pieces.

The Colts may have been better off keeping Peyton Manning - SB Nation
With Manning under center these last four years instead of Andrew Luck, the Colts might have a better banner to hang up than an "AFC Finalist" pennant.

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