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CB Update - Iggles Blitz
Verner spent the last 3 years with the Bucs, but he began his career with the Titans. He never played for Jim Schwartz (already in Detroit), but he did play in the same system and for the man who succeeded Schwartz, Chuck Cecil. Adding Verner would be a band-aid. You can think of him as a better version of Nolan Carroll. The Eagles will add one or maybe two CBs in the draft. You don’t want to count on them to start so it would help to have a dependable veteran on the roster. Verner could be that guy. He is 28 years old. He has started 70 career starts and has only missed 2 games in his career. Verner’s price would also be right. He does have 15 career INTs and his familiarity with the scheme should help him to fit in.

NFL Combine preview: Wide receiver prospects who could interest the Eagles - PhillyVoice
Ross is as explosive a player as there was in college football last season. If he didn't have such an overwhelming number of injuries, he too would be in the conversation as the pick at 14/15. As is, he's probably a little too risky to take that high. If he's sitting there in the second round though, you can bet the Eagles will be interested.

Combine Preview: Offensive Line -
Top Pick: Taylor Moton (Western Michigan) - He doesn’t have the upside as some of his peers, but Moton is ready-made as an NFL starter right out of the box for his future team as a right tackle or potentially at guard. Moton was arguably the best blocker at the Senior Bowl in January, as he spent most of the week on the right side. At 6-5, 330 pounds, Moton is a mauler with strong hands, feet that are just good enough, and a mean streak to boot. The Michigan native would greatly benefit from an impressive athletic performance. Even if he tests in the middle of the pack, I wouldn’t knock him down the board because his athleticism is not one of the things that makes him great.

2017 Free Agency Preview: Philadelphia Eagles - PFF
Must keep: Bennie Logan - Plausibly, the Eagles might return none of their scheduled free agents this offseason. Logan, drafted to play nose tackle in an odd front, struggled adjusting to a more aggressive style under Jim Schwartz. Still, the Eagles’ desperate lack of depth at defensive tackle makes re-signing him a greater priority.

Previewing the Eagles' offseason: Cornerbacks - Inquirer
Ron Brooks was the Eagles’ slot cornerback through six games last season, starting five of them before suffering a season-ending quadriceps injury. Brooks, 28, has two years left on a three-year, $5.55 million contract signed last March. The Eagles will need to see where his recovery is and determine how he would fit in a revamped secondary. He has versatility and special-teams ability, but there are also potential cap savings – the Eagles could save $1.6 million of his $2.1 cap number by releasing him.

Eagles Mailbag: Restructuring Barwin, Allen Barbre, Jason Kelce's importance - CSN Philly
I honestly think Jason Kelce is better than most fans in this city think. People see him get blown up a few times in a year — really blown up — and think he's an awful player. He's not. No, he can't go 1-on-1 with nose tackles, but he's still great at getting downfield and into the second level. And then there's the importance of the center. I don't know exactly how important he is in terms of calling the shots on the line, but he didn't miss a single snap in 2016. I know cutting or trading Kelce would save significant cap space, but I wouldn't do it. The Eagles have shown they'll do whatever it takes to develop Wentz; I think keeping his veteran center for a second year would help.

With decision on Jason Peters made, expect Eagles to make some noise now - BCT
So now that the Eagles have decided to bring Peters back, along with his $10.4 million salary and $11.7 salary cap charge, they can begin looking at other ways to replenish their coffers. The NFL shopping season is set to being in less than two weeks when free agency opens March 9 at 4 p.m. As it stands, the Birds are just below $10 million under the cap. That figure will rise by what is expected to be between $10 and $13 million after the NFL announces its new salary-cap number when the new year begins in March.

Donovan on T.O. and the Hall of Fame: There's no reason to be upset - EaglesWire
McNabb was a guest on 94WIP’s Reese and Carlin show on Thursday. He had some interesting comments regarding Owens and the Hall of Fame. “He’s a Hall of Fame talent,” McNabb said soon after he was asked about Owens. “Charles Haley wasn’t a first ballot, and people talked about him a little bit like they have talked about T.O. You’re going to get in. There’s no reason to be upset.”

Buffalo Bills hire new Vice President of Communications - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills hired the Eagles’ PR director.

Jameis Winston was casually sexist to school children. It's not a surprise, but it is a problem. - SB Nation
Winston saying girls should be “silent” and boys should be “strong” is a reminder of how harmful gender stereotypes can be.

Nerlens Noel trade a sign Bryan Colangelo misplayed his hand - Liberty Ballers
Colangelo waited too long to make a deal, and he paid the price.


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