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Eagles News: Howie Roseman did a nice job of getting weapons for Carson Wentz

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The Alshon Jeffery signing should make you very excited - BGN
The BGN Radio crew gets really excited about the Eagles’ first day of free agency!

Morning Sesh: Giving Howie Roseman The Credit He Deserves - Philly Football Talk
I have three words for you: Howie Motherf***ing Roseman. Full disclosure, I’ve never been a Howie fan – in fact, I’ve been a Howie hater. Unabashedly. But I’m a big believer in giving credit when it’s due, and today I’m doing just that with Roseman. Dude was masterful. Howie channeled his inner Theo Epstein and became a master of the one-year deal, and there’s no such thing as a bad one-year deal. The Eagles are taking minimal risks while creating optionality – and they’re doing it with zero impact to their long-term cap. Furthermore, by bringing in Alshon, and to a lesser extent Torrey Smith as well, the Eagles are improving themselves by filling a grand canyon sized hole, but more importantly, they’re giving Carson Wentz the tools he needs to develop. That’s the biggest takeaway for me from yesterday — it was a great day for Carson Wentz.

The Eagles Needed Receivers and They Just Signed the Best One Available - Ringer
Jeffery is so big that he doesn’t fit many places a normal person would fit, but the Eagles could use a player like him. In football, a forward pass is at least a two-party action, requiring both a quarterback and a receiver. In 2016, the Eagles went all in on rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, but surrounded him with a receiving corps that had been purged of its talented players (namely DeSean Jackson) by Chip Kelly, and the cost the Eagles paid in draft picks to move up for Wentz hampered their ability to re-build depth. Therefore, none of Wentz’s three most-targeted wideouts (Jordan Matthews, Dorial Green-Beckham, and Nelson Agholor) finished with a positive DYAR, according to Football Outsiders.

Roseman Details The Free Agent Moves -
On when Jeffery came into the picture: "I would say that, prior to 24 hours ago, we were probably stronger in a different direction, but things come to you and that's why you have to be flexible as free agency hits. I think Alshon was always on our minds. It's just that the chance to make it happen was there. You never say never in this business."

Carson Wentz the big winner after Eagles' free-agent flurry - CSN Philly
When Carson Wentz went to sleep on Wednesday night, his best outside receivers were Nelson Agholor and Dorial Green-Beckham. No more tossing and turning. Wentz will sleep a little easier from now on. While Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith will be counting their millions and while Howie Roseman will be receiving praise for pulling off the short-term deals, the real winner on Thursday was the Eagles' 24-year-old franchise quarterback. Wentz finally has some weapons aside from his hunting rifles. But these weapons are actually good for the Birds.

Expect the Eagles to have a defense-heavy draft - PhillyVoice
The 2017 draft is stacked with defensive talent. For example, CBS Sports lists the top 1000 prospects in college football. Not that their list is the end-all, be-all, but here's how many players are in their top 100 at each position. That would be 57 defensive players and 43 offensive players. If you look at Daniel Jeremiah's top 50 prospect list, 29 players are on the defensive side of the ball, 21 are on offense. Subtract the three quarterbacks on his list that are near-zero percent possibilities for the Eagles, and it's 29-18 in favor of defense.

A Big Catch - Iggles Blitz
Jeffery reportedly turned down a better offer from the Vikings to come to Philly to play for a 1-year, $14M deal. There is a good and bad side to that. The good news is that it shows Jeffery wanted to be here. He wanted to play for the Eagles and with Carson Wentz. The downside is that he is only here on a 1-year deal. Will he be worried about stats, as he tries to earn a mega-deal for the future? Will Jeffery have one eye on 2017 and one to the future? There is no question that he is a major upgrade for the passing game. Wentz now has a workhorse receiver to get the ball to. Jeffery is one of those players who is so big and talented that even when he isn’t open, he is open. He can make tough, contested catches and that is something that has been missing from the Eagles for a while.

Eagles cut civic treasure Connor Barwin - Daily News
IT WOULD be hard to name an athlete in any sport who became a bigger part of the fabric of Philadelphia than Connor Barwin did in just four years as a pass rusher, locker-room leader, bike rider, SEPTA booster, charity concert promoter, park restorer and all-around civic catalyst. It was apparent he was leaving, given Barwin's lack of production last season after the Eagles switched from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3, negating all his football savvy, emphasizing a type of raw pass-rush power he no longer possesses at age 30. But that didn't make the departure any easier, when the Eagles released Barwin on Thursday, after being unable to trade him.

Eagles bring intrigue to interior line by adding Chance Warmack - ESPN
What it means: Center Jason Kelce has been the subject of trade speculation, and it recently was reported that guard Allen Barbre was granted permission to seek out a trade as well. While this signing doesn't necessarily signal that something is going to happen, it does make for a bit of a crowded picture. Second-year guard Isaac Seumalo will make a push for a starting spot, and Brandon Brooks was signed to a rather large deal last offseason to man right guard. Perhaps Barbre and Warmack simply represent quality depth and competition, or maybe there's more to it.

Is wide receiver Torrey Smith the deep threat Eagles lack? -
"First of all, he's a great kid,'' an NFL scout said. "And he can run. If that's what you want, a guy to clear things out, go deep, he can do that. His hands have always been a little questionable and he doesn't really run the route tree. He's not what you would call complete. But he's smart, he works hard and he's good in the locker room.''

Alshon Jeffery signs a 1 year deal with the Eagles - Windy City Gridiron
By Jeffery agreeing to another 1 year tag-like contract, he’s betting on himself again. He must think a huge season will catapult him to the upper echelon of wide receiver contracts, and playing with a young up and coming quarterback like Carson Wentz was his best option.

Chance Warmack signs one year deal with the Eagles - Music City Miracles
He’ll move on to Philly, ending a disappointing tenure with the Titans. He was expected to be the savior of the run game, but it just didn’t happen. Struggles in pass protection ultimately doomed Warmack in Nashville. An injury ended his 2016 season, and he proved to be very replaceable. To be blunt, this isn’t a big loss. This was expected. It was time to move on.

Eagles sign Torrey Smith to three year, $15 million deal - Niners Nation
The 49ers will face the Eagles in Philadelphia this fall, and will face a strong wide receiver corps. Smith joins a group that includes Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor, and Doral Green-Beckham. Tight end Zach Ertz was their leading pass-catcher, with 78 receptions for 816 yards. Carson Wentz had a solid rookie season, and adding a deep threat like Smith should be a big help.

Matt Barkley signs with the 49ers, joining former Bears teammate Brian Hoyer - SB Nation
Matt Barkley, Chicago’s nominal starting quarterback last fall, will have the opportunity to prove his mettle as a passer in 2017. The four-year veteran signed a deal with the San Francisco 49ers, where he’ll compete for a starting role with Brian Hoyer, his Bears teammate from last season.

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