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Eagles News: Philadelphia favored to sign Kenny Stills, and it might not be cheap

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 2/28/17.

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Miami Dolphins’ attempts to keep Kenny Stills reaches critical week; team trailing in efforts to keep playmaker - Miami Herald
That’s because, multiple NFL sources agree, Stills is more likely to leave via free agency than stay in Miami. The Stills camp is already aware of the receiver’s potential value in free agency. And the market is said to already be in the $12-million-a-year range, per sources. There is even a team on everyone’s lips as a likely landing spot for Stills -- The Philadelphia Eagles. Kenny Stills to Philadelphia has been an open secret for weeks before agents and teams are officially allowed to talk about potential deals starting March 7. It is so well known in league circles that reported weeks ago the Eagles would be targeting Stills if he made it to free agency. And that report is correct, sources confirm.

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Free Agency Update - Iggles Blitz
Stills is a talented, young WR worth signing. At $12M a year? I’m not so sure. That seems out of line for him, but you have to see how the contract is structured and you also have to know prices are going up, not down. I don’t think Stills is worth that much and I have my doubts that he’ll get that much, but March shopping does funny things to NFL executives who are desperate to add talent. Before we get too fired up about this being a bad deal, let’s remember it could be an agent pushing this story to try and create a higher market for Stills. Or this could be the Dolphins floating a high number to scare off other teams and to drive Stills back to them at a cheaper rate. Lots of games are played at this time of the year. Teams and agents all have agendas.

NFL Combine preview: Center prospects who could interest the Eagles - PhillyVoice
Is center a need? Nope, but that doesn't mean the Eagles won't consider one in the draft. As we noted when we covered the guards, with the Eagles almost certain to free up a significant amount of cap space, players like Jason Kelce and Allen Barbre could be on the move. Additionally, it is expected that Stefen Wisniewski will walk in free agency. That will open up some holes along the interior of the Eagles' offensive line. If Kelce is indeed among the cuts/trades, second year pro Isaac Seumalo would be an obvious replacement at center, but the Eagles will need to find help at guard. Alternatively, because Seumalo is such a versatile player, the Eagles also have the option of just drafting a center to replace Kelce, with Seumalo just staying put at guard. In other words, Seumalo's versatility opens up more options for the Eagles in the draft.

Eagles should focus on receiver, cornerback at combine - ESPN
CB Jourdan Lewis, Michigan - The Eagles are looking for long-term fixes at the cornerback spot and will be focused on a talented group of corners at the combine. Lewis had 37 passes defensed and six interceptions during his time at Michigan and also was an effective kick returner. Known for his competitiveness (a trait that Schwartz values as high as any), Lewis will have to convince teams that the success he had at the college level will translate to the pros despite the fact he lacks ideal size (5-10, 188 pounds). He could be a Day 2 pick.

Doug Pederson: Everything Is Established -
On reports that the Eagles “reneged” on a promise made to DeFilippo when he was hired that he could leave if a job promotion from another team came about: “I did not renege on any promises. In fact, one of the things that I feel strongly about, with Jeffrey Lurie and I being on the same page, is retaining as many of our good coaches as we can. That’s very valuable to this team and the success that we have.”

Injured rookies in 2016 could be huge for Eagles this year - Morning Call
They own eight picks in this year's NFL Draft, but essentially the Philadelphia Eagles own 10 picks, when you factor in a pair of draftees who still have rookie status after spending all of last season on the injured reserve list. Linebacker Joe Walker and defensive end Alex McCalister are the forgotten men, for now, of the Eagles' rebuild and could add to the power of the draft if they can produce as expected in 2017. Both were drafted in the seventh round in 2016. Walker was on track last summer to not only make the team but perhaps play more than special teams as a more-than-competent backup to starting middle linebacker Jordan Hicks. It was only after he tore an ACL in August that the Eagles signed free agent Stephen Tulloch, a player who once thrived under current defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's system in Detroit.

PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100 - Pro Football Talk
Bennie Logan checks in at 45 while Stefen Wisniewski is at 66.

Eagles storylines heading into 2017 NFL Scouting Combine - CSN Philly
While the Eagles this year will be focusing on building around Wentz, last year they were just worried about getting him. For a team that still had the 13th pick while in Indy last year, the Eagles sure spent a lot of time with a quarterback who was going to be a very high pick. Really, last year in Indy is where picking Wentz started to become a reality. The Eagles spent a ton of time interviewing Wentz and everyone was involved, including Roseman, advisor Tom Donahoe, Jeff Lurie and a renowned sports psychologist. Wentz, for his part, blew them away.

Source: Eagles to meet with agents for Connor Barwin, Jason Kelce at NFL Combine -
According to a person familiar with the situation who requested anonymity, the Eagles will be meeting with the agents of both defensive end Connor Barwin and center Jason Kelce this week, and the meetings are expected to result in some clarity on the future of both players. No final decision has been made yet on what will happen with either Barwin or Kelce in regards to the status on their team for next season.

Mike Mayock says this is one of the best defensive drafts he’s seen - SB Nation
NFL Network’s Mike Mayock said during his pre-Combine conference call with the media that this draft is one of the best he’s ever seen for defensive players. This draft has unprecedented depth at every defensive position, which is great news for teams who need to strengthen that side of the ball this offseason.

Reception Perception: Carlos Henderson and Something Worth Believing In - The Fantasy Footballers
Not only was Henderson used frequently on digs routes compared to the average prospect, he was also incredibly successful. His 94.4 percent success rate on dig routes was the best score of any prospect charted this year. Henderson shows a strong understanding of where to break off his routes at the 90-degree angle, and does so with pristine foot frequency. Carlos Henderson posted a success rate vs coverage score above the two-year prospect average on every route on the tree outside of the screen and comeback (which he never ran in this sample). Also showing his versatility, he was one of the top-two performing receivers in both the short and deep game.

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