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Dr. Z’s All-Time Team: Part II—Defense and Special Teams - The MMQB
But I can’t just neglect the dominant safetyman of our era, the Eagles’ Brian Dawkins, who does everything—blitzes, hits with real force, locks on to tight coverage downfield, and, here’s the thing that swings the election for him, seems to have an electric effect on everybody around him.

Why NBA players get paid so much more than NFL stars - SB Nation
Many sports fans — even many NBA fans, who have had plenty of exposure to predictions that the numbers were going to rise significantly — are feeling the same. It's not just about Chandler Parsons getting more than Andrew Luck annually, or zero-time All-Star Mike Conley being offered a deal larger than the biggest NFL contract ever. It's about low-production Solomon Hill getting $48 million guaranteed, or relative unknown E'Twaun Moore grabbing $34 million. It's about Matthew Dellavedova inking a $38 million offer sheet. It's about Luck signing for an NFL-record $87 million in guaranteed salary three days ago, and seven NBA players exceeding that in the first 24 hours of free agency. So ... why do NBA players make so much more than NFL stars? Math, basically.

A way too early look at the Eagles' biggest draft needs in 2017 - PhillyVoice
For the second consecutive season, the Eagles have the oldest projected starting offensive line in the NFL. They drafted versatile offensive lineman Isaac Seumalo in the third round of the 2016 draft, and OT Halapoulivaati Vaitai in the fifth round. Still, with Jason Peters' career coming to an end in the immediate future, the Eagles will need to continue to add youth and depth at the bookend spots.

How Andrew Luck's deal compares with Sam Bradford, Carson Wentz - ESPN
Two years later, Luck received a four-year contract worth $22.1 million, about 28 percent of the total value of Bradford’s 2010 deal. Luck received a signing bonus of about $14.5 million. His entire contract was guaranteed, but that still amounted to roughly $28 million less guaranteed than Bradford’s deal.

Feeling Nostalgic - Iggles Blitz
Look how fast Reggie was back then. He slowed down as he got older (proving he was human). Seeing Seth Joyner in his prime always gets me thinking about LB play. The last truly great 4-3 LB was Willie T from 1993-1996. That wasn’t his whole career, but he was at the top of his game in that span. Jeremiah Trotter and Carlos Emmons were good, but not great. Shawn Barber might have been something special if he stayed, but he didn’t. Jordan Hicks showed big time potential last year. We’ll see if he can build on that or if it was a bit of a fluke. I’m also curious to see how Mychal Kendricks does now that he’ll be getting the best coaching of his career.

Breaking Down Buddy's 46 Defense -
This week on the Eagle Eye In The Sky Podcast, Fran Duffy dove into the X's and O's behind Buddy Ryan's scheme and what made it so effective here in Philadelphia ...

Eagles mailbag: Depth at DT and LB, Nick Foles - CSN Philly
As I was saying, the depth at defensive tackle isn't great. In my first 53-man roster projection, I left off Mike Martin, which proved to be foolish. While Fletcher Cox was gone this spring, Martin took his spot with the first team, which tells me what the Eagles think about him. At this point, it would be pretty surprising if he didn't make the team.  Allen … I'm not so sure. I just don't see him or Taylor Hart being good fits for Jim Schwartz's 4-3 system. I think one of the three undrafted rookies — Destiny Vaeao, Aziz Shittu or Connor Wujciak — have a shot to make the squad.

A look back at the greatest Eagles by the number -
The toughest of all the numbers was No. 25. It's really hard to leave off the team's all-time leading rusher in LeSean McCoy, but when the number was also worn by Hall of Fame wide receiver Tommy Mcdonald, one of the stars from the 1960 title team, well sorry Shady. Some others that weren't easy were No. 18 where Jeremy Maclin edged out Ben Hawkins in a battle of wide receivers; No. 30 where Charlie Garner got the nod over Brian Mitchell just barely; and No. 65 when in a battle of Johnsons, Lane was chosen over Charlie.

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