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Eagles News: Kenny Britt makes sense for Philadelphia

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With Kenny Britt and Eagles, a connection to consider - ESPN
The Philadelphia Eagles have two things Kenny Britt values: a potential franchise quarterback and receivers coach Mike Groh. That should make Philly a desirable landing spot should the stars align come March. Every receiver wants a quality quarterback for obvious reasons, but that desire can be heightened when stability at QB has proved elusive. Since being drafted in the first round by the Tennessee Titans back in 2009, Britt has been teamed with Vince Young, Kerry Collins (in his late 30s), Rusty Smith, Matt Hasselbeck, Jake Locker, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Austin Davis, Shaun Hill, Nick Foles, Case Keenum and Jared Goff.

Give Me Kenny Britt or Give Me Death - Philly Football Talk
Britt’s name doesn’t exactly light up the skyline of Philadelphia. There won’t be any billboards lining 95 saying, “Welcome, Kenny!” But signing Kenny Britt is something the Eagles should absolutely do and signing with the Eagles is something Kenny Britt should absolutely do. Why? You might ask, because these two need each other, that’s why. Most of Britt’s career have been flashes of potential. He has all the physical features you look for in a receiver and especially a #1 receiver. He’s got the size (6’3, 223 lbs) and the speed (4.47 at the combine) that made him a first round pick and up until last year, Britt looked like a bust and be honest, reading this post, you thought the same thing.

Eagles mailbag: What are the odds of Bennie Logan re-signing in Philly? - PhillyVoice
The one thing working in the Eagles' favor is that it's a very strong free agent defensive tackle class that includes Kawann Short, Calais Campbell, Brandon Williams, Johnathan Hankins, Dontari Poe, Chris Baker, and Sylvester Williams, among others. With a potentially higher supply than demand, maybe Logan and France won't get the lofty offer they're seeking, thus improving the chances Logan will return to Philly. Still, gun to my head, if I had to predict it, I'd say it's more likely that he walks in free agency than he returns to the team.

Something Special - Iggles Blitz
Fipp is a very good coach and the organization uses resources to build up STs. They traded for Darren Sproles. They signed Chris Maragos and Bryan Braman. They added Kamu Grugier-Hill last summer because they thought he could be a stud on STs. I’m interested to see what happens this offseason. Braman is a UFA. Will the Eagles bring him back or will they try to find a 4-3 LB to fill his role? Braman played a little defense this year as a DE, but was almost exclusively a STer. Sproles has said this is his final year. Will the Eagles try to add someone to learn for a year or will they wait until next offseason and just fully replace him at that time? Could Byron Marshall and/or Kenjon Barner be his replacment(s)?

Previewing the Eagles' offseason: Offensive line - Inquirer
Kelce carries a $6.2 million salary-cap number. If the Eagles were to release or trade him, they would save $3.8 million and eat $2.4 million in dead money. That isn’t exactly a no-brainer contract to abolish. Kelce started slow last season, and he will probably always struggle against big 3-4 nose tackles, but he finished strong and remains one of the more athletic centers in the NFL. He is a dependable leader and has one year with Carson Wentz under his belt. But Kelce will turn 30 in November and the Eagles have Isaac Seumalo waiting in the wings. From my reading of the situation, the decision to cut ties with Kelce would have more to do with Seumalo – and Wentz -- than anything else. The team projects Seumalo to be its starting center for the next span of years. Is he ready to step into Kelce's shoes? Probably not. But center was the position he played most in college, and he’s smart. If the plan is for Wentz-Seumalo to be the quarterback-center combo for the foreseeable future, why not start now while the Eagles are still building?

Check out their 2017 free agents: Eagles could release the Seahawks next big free agent signing - Field Gulls
Barwin checks the “Seahawks Boxes” in a lot of ways at the SAM linebacker position. He’s 6’4, 255 pounds, had a crazy 40.5” vertical jump at the combine, 10’8 broad jump, 4.66 40-yard dash, 21 reps on the bench, and even played tight end in college before a late switch to defensive end. After four up-and-down seasons with the Houston Texans, Barwin signed with the Eagles and blew up for 14.5 sacks in 2014. He’s simply not a fit for Jim Schwartz’s defense and he had just five sacks last season, but Barwin could be the bargain at OLB that Seattle needs. He’s almost certain to be traded or released and I think the Seahawks will be first in line to inquire on what it would take. He’s said he’d take a paycut to stay in Philly, but would he take one to play for a perennial playoff team with a clear road to a division title next season? I started eyeing Barwin for the Hawks back in December and as time goes on, it only makes more and more sense. Yes, he’s 30 ... making him younger than Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril. Seattle didn’t move on from Chris Clemons until after he turned 32. They’re only looking for two seasons out of Barwin, anything else would be a bonus. This might be their splash play of the offseason: Acquiring Barwin. I’m all for it.

On the bubble: NFC players who could be released -
Get ready for Howie Roseman Season. Barwin and Mathews are near-certain goners, clearing the deck for some big-ticket signings. Cutting them both would save nearly $12 million in cap room. Barwin said he is willing to take a pay cut to stay, but he doesn't fit Jim Schwartz's defense. Kelce would be tougher to release, but he's due $5 million and coach Doug Pederson said last season he wouldn't hesitate to play 2016 third-round draft pick Isaac Seumalo at center. General manager Howie Roseman was noncommittal when asked about Kelce's future in January.

Eagles Mailbag: A wide receiver splash, trade returns, Jeff Lurie - CSN Philly
I'm tempted to say the Eagles won't splash this year either, but I know better. I'm not sure Roseman knows how not to splash. So here's what I'll say: Anything is on the table and I believe the Eagles really understand the importance of getting Carson Wentz some weapons. Now, will that mean Brandin Cooks? That would be tricky. He's just entering his prime and was a first-rounder in 2014. But don't rule out any trade from Roseman, who has consistently made more trades than most GMs in the league. He's at least going to explore every option. And if he doesn't trade for one, I'd be absolutely shocked if the Eagles don't sign a receiver the average fan has at least heard of. Even if they do, I still wouldn't rule out drafting a receiver with a high pick.

Eagle Eye: Brian Westbrook On Eagles Backfield -
Former Eagles star Brian Westbrook pops in to talk with Fran Duffy on this week's Eagle Eye In The Sky Podcast as the two discuss the Eagles backfield, Doug Pederson's scheme, and what traits make a successful NFL running back in B-West's eyes.

Vince Young’s agent says there have been “discussions” with CFL team - PFT
A day after agent Leigh Steinberg announced that Vince Young has “a dream” of playing football again, Steinberg tweeted that he’s been in contact with a Canadian Football League team. Steinberg wrote that he has “opened discussions” with the Saskatchewan Roughriders about the possibility of Young playing in Saskatchewan.

What’s next for Adrian Peterson? - SB Nation
Minnesota finished dead last in rushing yards and yards per attempt, but keeping Peterson around isn’t the solution. The team’s poor offensive line also kept Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata bottled up to 3.4 yards and 3.3 per attempt, respectively. Fixing that problem will be tough for the Vikings after the team traded away a first-round pick for Sam Bradford who is due to count $18 million against Minnesota’s salary cap in 2017. The Vikings aren’t exactly strapped for cash, but the team is near the bottom of the NFL in cap space and can very much use the extra room that would come with parting ways with Peterson.


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