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Eagles News: Jamaal Charles could be an option for Philadelphia

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If released, Jamaal Charles could be intriguing option for Eagles - ESPN
The Eagles have just under $10 million in cap space, per OverTheCap. They are expected to make several moves before the league year opens March 9 to free up resources but still won't be in a position where they can afford to go too crazy in free agency. It seems reasonable that executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman & Co. could make one splash signing (wide receiver?), then wait for the second wave and search for lower-cost players to help bolster the roster. The market will only grow over the next couple of weeks as teams make salary cuts. One name worth pondering if he shakes loose is Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. The 30-year-old veteran is set to count more than $6 million against the cap in 2017. The Chiefs, who have only about $5 million in cap space at the moment, just signed C.J. Spiller on Friday, fueling speculation that Charles might be on the move.

NFL Combine preview: Offensive tackle prospects who could interest the Eagles - PhillyVoice
Peters' time in the NFL is rapidly coming to an end though. He turned 35 in January in a league where it is very rare that offensive tackles make it into their mid-30's. Whenever he decides to retire (or can't play at a high level anymore), Lane Johnson will slide over to left tackle from right tackle. The Eagles will then have to decide how to fill Johnson's vacated spot. The odds-on favorite is probably Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who struggled as a rookie, but the team is high on. If the Eagles believe Vaitai is the future starter at RT, then they will likely not aggressively pursue an offensive tackle early in what is a weak OT class this year. They may, however, look to add depth.

Bennie Logan - Iggles Blitz
Bennie Logan is the Eagles top free agent (apologies to Bryan Braman). We still don’t know if the team will be able to bring Logan back. With Fletcher Cox making so much money at one DT position, there is only so high the Eagles can go with Logan’s salary. My guess is that the team does want him back. When he was healthy, the defense played very well at the beginning of the year. Logan played his best football early in the season and then suffered a groin injury in the first Skins game. He was still solid when he came back, but I’m not sure he got back to fully being 100 percent. In a normal offseason, teams would be lining up for a shot to get someone like Logan. This year there could be a lot of good free agent targets.

Mel Kiper on the NFL Draft, Then and Now - The MMQB
I don’t really judge draft classes, because they are all about the first round normally and they are not really getting into the mid and later rounds enough because you are speculating there and your opinions will be different than what teams have and what different analysts have. I don’t really evaluate those types of things, but I think we have to do it. I think this draft has some depth at a variety of positions. Running back depth is decent, wide receivers, not great. I’ll tell you where it is a great year: It is a great year for tight ends. Good year for interior offensive linemen, terrible year for tackles, decent year for interior linemen, really good year for defensive linemen, and I think a good year for cornerbacks and safeties. I think there are some good combo guys, some of those defensive end/outside linebacker types that can rush the passer. Quarterbacks, very average. Running backs, O.K. Wide receiver, just average. But tight end is spectacular, the tight end depth is the best that it has been in awhile.

Previewing the Eagles' offseason: Safeties - Inquirer
Rodney McLeod, who was signed to a five-year, $35 million contract last offseason, started off strong, but seemed to regress late in the season. He had three interceptions in the first six games and made up for some of the outside cornerbacks’ flaws by covering so much ground in the secondary. But there were two plays in December that were indicative of his slide, and to some, suggested that he had packed it in. McLeod was late to make an attempt on a goal line carry in Cincinnati and took a backward angle on a touchdown run by the Ravens a few weeks later. Schwartz said McLeod’s mistakes on those two plays had more to do with technique than hustle and I would tend to agree. Still, he needs to be more consistent at free safety. To my surprise, when I polled the Eagles on which teammate they would select for the Pro Bowl, McLeod received the third most number of votes behind Jason Peters and Brandon Graham.

Combine Preview: Defensive Tackle -
Workout Warrior: Malik McDowell (Michigan State): Going into the season, many analysts viewed McDowell in a similar light to Allen, except with perhaps more upside. At 6-6, 275 pounds, McDowell lined up at nose tackle in defensive coordinator Harlon Bennett’s 4-3 scheme. This is not likely the role he’ll play in the NFL, but he lined up all over the formation in subpackages. I expect McDowell to impress people with his numbers in the athletic portion of the Combine, but he will have to prove to teams that he’s trustworthy after reports of waning effort and work ethic in the down year for the Spartans. McDowell is a great athlete with an eye-opening first step, impressive closing speed in pursuit, and all of the quickness, agility, and change of direction a lineman needs to make plays on the other side of the line of scrimmage. Keep a close eye on Illinois 3-technique Jarrod "Chunky" Clements as well during athletic testing.

Donovan McNabb stresses patience for Eagles and Carson Wentz - EaglesWire
McNabb was on 94WIP’s Reese and Carlin show recently. He emphasized going back to the way Andy Reid put the Eagles together when he was there which was ‘building from within’ and focusing on the draft. The former Eagles quarterback wants the media and fans to be patient with Wentz.

Eagles position analysis: Tight ends -
Ertz, who for some reason draws the ire of Eagles' fans, led the team last year in receptions (78), yards (816) and touchdown receptions (4). No, he's not Rob Gronkowski. But who is? He may be turning into another Jason Witten, however. In Witten's first four years, the Cowboys' star tight end caught 252 passes for 2,838 yards and 14 touchdowns. In Ertz' first four years, the Eagles tight end caught 247 passes for 2,840 yards and 13 touchdowns. The similarity in the numbers is kind of eerie.

Reception Perception: Corey Davis and the Universal Nod of Approval - The Fantasy Footballers
Davis has been an impact player since he hit Western Michigan’s campus, recording 67 catches as a freshman in 2013. A stud performer over his last three seasons, Davis topped 1,400 yards in each of those campaigns. He reached new heights as a senior with 97 catches for 1,500 yards and a whopping 19 touchdowns. Unlike some receiver prospects who will stick to just one side of the field, Davis was a do-it-all threat in the Broncos’ offense. Davis lined up at right wide receiver on 42.6 percent of his snaps in the six games sampled for Reception Perception and another 30.9 percent at left wide receiver. Listed at 6-foot-3 and over 210 pounds, Davis is primarily an X-receiver with 71.3 percent of his snaps featuring him on the line of scrimmage. However, the Broncos also felt comfortable shifting him into the slot on 26.3 percent of his sampled snaps. Davis comes to the NFL with experience at playing all of the receiver positions in a traditional NFL offense.

2017 salary cap currently pegged at $166-169 million - PFT
For 2017, the final number will be announced soon, since each team must be in compliance with it by March 9. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the cap currently is expected to be in the range of $166 million to $169 million. Last year, the cap was $155.27 million. In 2015, the cap was $143.28 million. The year before, $133 million. In 2013, it was $123 million.

NFL free agency rumors 2017: Every important update in one place - SB Nation
As free agency approaches, the rumors are going to fly.


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