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Peyton Manning's retirement speech featured a shoutout to Brian Dawkins and Jim Johnson - BGN
In case you missed it.

The Cleaner - Iggles Blitz
Alonso was great in 2013, got hurt the next year and then was highly erratic last year. His knee was either bothering him physically or affecting his confidence. The Eagles saw this previously. Stewart Bradley tore his ACL and was just never the same guy. He never fully trusted his knee again. I hope Alonso recovers, but last season wasn’t all that encouraging. There is also this nugget. "We’ve heard whispers that Jim Schwartz thought Kiko Alonso was a "box of rocks" in their time together in Buffalo."

Gullible teams swallow Eagles' pitch for Maxwell, Alonso and Murray - Daily News
After usurping personnel power from Howie Roseman following the 2014 season, Chip Kelly went all Monty Hall on us (Google him, kids) and engineered a bunch of questionable trades and spent a Brink's truck full of Jeff Lurie's money on a bunch of free agents he thought would help take the Eagles from good to great. He thought wrong. Most of the dogs he acquired had fleas and underperformed. The Eagles finished a disappointing 7-9, Kelly got canned before the season was even over, and Roseman was brought back from Siberia to try to clean up the roster mess Chip left. You can't do that unless you can find suckers to help you, and Roseman and the Eagles managed to do just that Monday.

Five free agents who make sense for the Eagles, version 3.0 - PhillyVoice
One of the things the Eagles' offensive line has lacked for quite some time is an interior lineman who can move defensive linemen off the line of scrimmage against their will. At 6'5, 335, Brooks could be that for the Eagles. He will turn 27 in August, and played RG for the Texans.

Four Years That Defined Doug Pederson -
Sometimes, one decision can completely alter a person’s course. That choice leads to a new opportunity, which manifests into another, and suddenly that individual is exactly where he’s always wanted to be. For head coach Doug Pederson, that concept rings true. Following the 2004 NFL season, Pederson, then a backup quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, decided it was time to hang up his cleats. With his playing days behind him, what would be his next journey? The answer was simple because it was something he had already done throughout his career. It was time to take up coaching. However, Pederson wasn’t exactly sure where to begin. What level of football did he want to coach? What would be the best fit for his family? As fate would have it, Calvary Baptist Academy called. The rest is history.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Free Agency Primer - Birds 24/7
A couple of potential bargains on the offensive line — Ravens guard Kelechi Osemele, for example, is unlikely to sign with the Eagles because of how much money he’ll get — are tackles Kelvin Beachum (Steelers, 26) and Mitchell Schwartz (Browns, 26). Beachum is somewhat of a risk because he's coming off of a torn ACL, but he could be a steal if he returns to form.

Eagles are better off without DeMarco Murray -
Getting Murray out of the locker room is also key for Pederson. Murray has shown once he will turn on a coach (even a coach that gave him a check for $21 million in guaranteed money). As Pederson tries to build his locker room, having Murray in Tennessee gives him a better chance to do so, without worrying about how the running back could impact the players around him if he doesn't like what is happening.

Eagles free-agent targets: OL Alex Boone - CSN Philly
Boone can play guard or tackle at a near-Pro Bowl level, and he’s the kind of guy that could be appealing to the Eagles, since they can stick him at one of the vacant guard spots right away and then give him a shot at tackle once Jason Peters finally moves on. Offensive linemen like Boone — no Pro Bowls but solid starters — are making $5 to $6 million per year, and the Eagles could fit him into their rapidly shrinking salary cap. What also makes Boone really attractive is his age. Boone just turned 29 this week, so if you give him a four-year deal, you’re looking at a guy who would be 32 at the end of the deal and presumably still at or near his prime. Even if the Eagles target the O-line in the draft, they’re going to need to address it in free agency as well because they need help now. Boone offers that. He’d be at the top of my shopping list.

Chip Kelly Fire Sale in Philadelphia - Niners Nation
GM Howie Roseman is aggressively dumping the ex-coach's acquisitions

Bosa, Ramsey, Dodd Bring Talent Atop 2016 NFL Draft | The MMQB
This draft’s top prospects might be lacking in the Q-ratings department, but five years ago you could have said the same thing about prospects named Watt and Wilkerson. And like those two stars, the talent atop the Class of 2016 appears to be real

Peyton Manning announces retirement with tearful speech - SB Nation
Manning officially retires as the NFL's all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns.

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