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These are the veteran NFL free agent signings who still have something left - SB Nation
McKelvin has been a reliable presence for eight seasons with the Buffalo Bills, but in 2015 he saw a diminished role as Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby emerged as one of the best corner duos in the league. McKelvin was a cap casualty and soon found a home with the Eagles, who are rebuilding their secondary. With Byron Maxwell and his bloated contract shipped off to Miami, McKelvin has a prime opportunity to win back a starting job. The 30-year-old has long been one of the more underrated corners in the league, and Philadelphia could have a free agency steal here. He'll also be working with Jim Schwartz again, who was the Bills' defensive coordinator in 2014.

Should the Eagles trade up for a QB? - BGN
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Sam Bradford deal doesn't preclude Eagles from drafting QB - ESPN
In 2018, the draft pick would be going into his third NFL season. He’d have two years remaining on his contract, plus the Eagles’ fifth-year option. By then, the Eagles would know whether the young quarterback was ready to start or was likely to reach his ceiling as a backup. At that point, the Eagles also would know whether Bradford had remained healthy and whether he had blossomed in Doug Pederson’s offense. If Bradford looks like a keeper and this year’s draft pick doesn’t seem to be an improvement, the Eagles could extend Bradford’s contract with the franchise tag as a tool to control his rights.

Draft Daily: Paxton Lynch, A High Risk/Reward QB - Birds 24/7
I’d rank Lynch below Goff and Wentz, but I do think Lynch has a higher upside than Goff (although Goff is much more of a known quantity). It’s tough to see how the Eagles would land Lynch, unless they trade back to the early or mid-teens. Picking Lynch at No. 8 seems like a reach, especially compared to others Philadelphia may be able to select, namely Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves.

Kansas State’s Ryan Mueller overcame long odds and is hungry for more -
Everyone who knows Mueller talks about his "motor." It is a clichéd way to say that he is full of energy, and that he will come at you with maximum effort on every play. He would rather line up at fullback than rest while the offense is on the field. That motor, more than anything else, has helped him shine in the competitive world of college football.

NFL Network analysts weigh in on quarterbacks for the Eagles - Inquirer
"In terms of who their preference is between Goff and Wentz, I think they'd both fit really well in Doug's offense there," Jeremiah said during a Friday conference call. "Wentz, to me, gives them a little more size and the ability to do some things on the move that they've historically liked there with Doug Pederson being under Andy Reid. They really value that movement skill. And I think because of that I would lean towards Carson Wentz, but I think Goff, quick decision making, accurate, underneath intermediate would be a nice fit there as well."

Cedric Thornton on how his old Eagles teammates reacted to him signing with Cowboys - Dallas News
Thornton: "They were kind of excited for me, believe it or not. They congratulated me a lot. They told me that this will be your opportunity to shine, so I got a lot of encouraging words."

Cal coach Sonny Dykes explains why Jared Goff fits Eagles -
"If you think about it, he had to deal with being the 1-11 quarterback at Cal," Sykes told Harry Mayes and Rob Ellis on 97.5 The Fanatic Thursday when asked what makes Goff prepared to play in the high pressure market of Philadelphia. "That's not any easy thing to do, especially in the Bay area. It's a tough sports town. We have the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Tribune and all of those people have been hard on him and he's been through it and he's handled it incredibly well.

Donovan McNabb part of broadcast for Syracuse at Final Four - CSN Philly
Donovan McNabb says preparing to broadcast Syracuse in the Final Four is no different than preparing to face the Redskins, Giants or Cowboys as a quarterback. It’s all about preparation. And being ready for anything. McNabb, who quarterbacked the Eagles to five NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl during his 11 years in Philly, is part of the Syracuse broadcast team this weekend for the Orange’s Final Four appearance. McNabb is part of a broadcast team that will call the national semifinal against North Carolina Saturday and also includes former Syracuse star Roosevelt Bouie and play-by-play voice Tom Werme.

TEs Will Be Focal Points In Offense -
On a day that Rueben Randle met the media and the talk was all about the Eagles' wide receivers, the position of tight end and the importance of those players need to be part of the conversation ...

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