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Eagles News: Trumaine Johnson listed as a free agent option for Philadelphia

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 2/22/17.

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Free agency: A fun player addition for each NFC team -
Philadelphia Eagles: Trumaine Johnson, cornerback. All of the talk about wide receiver in Philadelphia makes sense, but the team's need at cornerback is nearly as desperate. One year after bringing in former Rams safety Rodney McLeod, it would be worth it for the Eagles to check out Johnson's price tag. It's hard to imagine Los Angeles using the franchise tag on Johnson again for the price of $16.74 million.

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Eagles' wide receiver focus in free agency and the draft will be on speed - PhillyVoice
Alshon Jeffery, Bears: Jeffery isn't known as a speed freak, but he's not exactly molasses either. Jeffery ran a 4.48 at the Combine, and unlike DGB, he uses every bit of his size to his advantage, winning contested catches down the field. In five seasons with the Bears, Jeffery has a healthy yards-per-catch average of 15.0 and has 17 catches of 40-plus yards. He would be an all-around No. 1 type receiver the Eagles have lacked for more than a decade.

What a Difference a Year Makes - Iggles Blitz
The next 6 months are going to be huge for the Eagles. They need to make the right cuts/trades to create cap space. They need to sign the right players. They need to scout and draft well. And the coaches must develop the young players already on the roster. If the team can make enough of the right moves, a year from now we’ll be talking about what a difference a year makes, only this time it won’t be about laying a foundation, but rather winning games and getting back to the playoffs.

Previewing the Eagles' offseason: Defensive tackles - Inquirer
Logan fits how the Eagles want to build their roster – a third-round pick who was drafted and developed – but they also need to be realistic about resource allocation. The team has already invested heavily on the defensive line, with expensive second contracts already dished out to Cox, Vinny Curry, Brandon Graham, and Connor Barwin. Even if the Eagles traded, released, or restructured Barwin’s deal, Logan would be the fourth player on the line locked up to a big contract. That’s a tough spot for the Eagles – especially when Cox is one of the highest-paid defensive players in the NFL. So the guess here is that Logan finds a better deal elsewhere – which would not be an indication of what the Eagles think of him, but rather, the reality of NFL economics.

Combine Preview: Wide Receiver -
There have been reports that John Ross has been clocked under 4.30 seconds in the 40-yard dash on campus at Washington. Those numbers should be taken with a grain of salt, but it wouldn’t shock me at all if he clocked in at one of the fastest times at the event, regardless of position. Ross was a very good kick returner throughout his career, and his dynamic vertical ability allows him to take the top off the defense with ease. He also has very good ball skills and is a polished technician as well. Teams will need to do due diligence about his past knee injuries and upcoming shoulder surgery, but on the field he’s the best deep threat in the class.

Josh Reynolds is the outside deep threat the Eagles' offense needs - EaglesWire
To be honest, even if the Eagles are able to get one of the top two receivers in the first round, they should double down and select Texas A&M wideout, Josh Reynolds. The 6-foot-2, 187-pound receiver with the long stride is a threat on the outside as an “X” receiver. Reynolds averaged 17 or more yards per reception in back to back years at A&M. He set a school record for touchdowns in a season (13) in 2014, breaking a record (12) shared by Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans and former Aggie Jeff Fuller. Reynolds posted 12 touchdowns in his final season.

Eagles Mailbag: Bennie Logan, top WRs in draft, Jeremy Maclin return? - CSN Philly
Yeah, I think there's a real chance Bennie Logan isn't an Eagle next year. Howie Roseman has been pretty consistent in saying he wants Logan to return, but it's fair to wonder about the price. Logan has now proven that he can play in a 4-3 or a 3-4 scheme, so there will be plenty of teams interested. If the Eagles lose Logan, their defense will take a big hit. There's not really a way around that. He's a good player and has been an important part of the line. But with a ton of money devoted to the defensive line over the next few years -- even assuming Connor Barwin isn't back -- will the Eagles pay another? I'm not so sure.

Ranking the Top 25 Most Important Players on the Browns - Dawgs By Nature
24) Ed Reynolds - I was thrilled that Reynolds made the list, even if my No. 22 ranking of him might have been the thing to make it happen. Cleveland’s liability at the safety position disappeared as soon as Reynolds was inserted into the starting lineup last season. There is no guarantee that he’ll start this year, given a new defensive coordinator and the team likely aiming to vastly improve the safety position in free agency or the draft. If they only address one of the spots, though, I think we can get away with Reynolds starting at the other spot.

Wide Receiver Rankings - Rotoworld
1. Corey Davis, Western Michigan - Where He Wins: A 6-foot-3 receiver who can dominate in the small game: creating separation, sustaining it and picking up yards after the catch. Has run practically every route from the outside and the slot, both sides of the field. Big frame allows him to naturally win contested in some opportunities. Aggressive for a receiver after the catch and on final contact.

I’m retiring from the NFL with no regrets - SB Nation
Geoff Schwartz explains what went into his decision to retire after eight years.


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