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Eagles signing Alshon Jeffery gives Philadelphia fans something to be very excited about - BGN
Breaking down the Eagles’ big moves in free agency.

How Alshon Jeffery instantly makes Eagles better - ESPN
The 50-50 ball isn't a high-percentage throw like the dig or the curl. We all understand that. But when you have a target down the field like Jeffery, with the skill set to make these plays, it can become a major part of the offensive game plan. Read the coverage, move the safety or target the open throwing window versus two-deep coverage. Jeffery will bring that big-play ability to the Doug Pederson's call sheet in Philly, even when he's not truly open.

Rather than gloat, Roseman says Eagles have 'a lot more work to do' - PhillyVoice
The draft is still over six weeks away, but by improving one of their weakest positions in free agency, wide receiver, Roseman and the Eagles can now enter the draft focused on solidifying a weakness on the other side of the ball: cornerback. But we're only on the second day of free agency, so there could be more moves to come, especially if Roseman wants an insurance policy at cornerback – someone he can plug in there this season in case the right guy isn't there at 14th overall OR if a guy like Dalvin Cook were to fall to them.

Focus Up Front - Iggles Blitz
That’s pretty impressive. And the Eagles still have talent beyond that. They are high on Dillon Gordon, the former LSU TE. He flashed serious potential last summer. Josh Andrews has been on the roster since 1960, give or take. The team signed Josh LeRibeus and Dallas Thomas as interior depth pieces. Both have starting experience and the Eagles really like LeRibeus (for what he is). You also have developmental guys Taylor Hart, Darrell Greene and Aaron Neary. That’s about as deep an OL as I can remember.

Wentz's Potential Key For New Receivers - PE.com
As the NFL’s free agency period officially began on Thursday at 4 p.m., there were plenty of things that made the Eagles an attractive destination for players on the open market. Of course, there’s the fan base that’s as passionate as any in the world. There’s the ownership, front office, and coaching staff focused on taking the next step and playing into January and beyond. But perhaps the biggest draw this offseason has been quarterback Carson Wentz.

McLane: Which Jeffery will the Eagles get? - Inquirer
Jeffery's forte has long been climbing the ladder and winning jump balls against defensive backs. He's done it all over the field, but where that skill is most needed is inside the 20-yard line. The former Bears receiver, however, hasn't had as many opportunities nor has he been as successful, over the last two seasons as he was earlier in his career.

Ex-Eagles LB Connor Barwin has heard from Packers - NJ.com
A source close to the situation confirmed a report by Packers Report that former Eagles linebacker/defensive end Connor Barwin has been contacted by the Packers. Barwin, who the Eagles released Thursday to save $7.75 million of salary cap space, is believed to have several suitors but the Green Bay Packers could be near the top of that list.

Our 10 favorite deals from the first day of free agency - PFF
Unable to compete financially to sign Jeffery to a long-term deal, Howie Roseman came up with a creative solution to ensure second-year QB Carson Wentz has a viable No. 1 target in 2017. Jeffery changes the outlook of the Eagles’ offense significantly, opening up the vertical game. Head Coach Doug Pederson appeared reluctant to expand his West Coast offense, but he now has the personnel to generate big plays more consistently. Jeffery has excellent hands to make grabs in traffic underneath, and the body control and size to come down with the deep ball. Although only a short-term solution, Jeffery will make a huge impact, assuming he stays free of injury and suspension.

Eagles' draft options at CB, WR after Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith signings - CSN Philly
During the 2016 season, it was clear the Eagles had two glaring needs: wide receiver and cornerback. On Thursday, de facto GM Howie Roseman eliminated one of those needs by signing veteran receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. But what about corner? A.J. Bouye, Stephon Gilmore and Logan Ryan were three of the top corners on the market. The Eagles weren't seriously linked to any of them, and on Thursday Bouye landed with the Jaguars, Gilmore agreed with the Patriots and Ryan went to the Titans. Roseman chose to surround Wentz with proven commodities rather than add to the defense. With how phenomenal this cornerback draft class is, that appears to be a wise move.

Faith, Fear and Football - The Players’ Tribune
You’re in your early twenties, in the best shape of your life and have signed a contract to receive millions of dollars in exchange for taking a ball from one painted white line to another. For many players, all this comes after having grown up in project housing. You don’t have car keys when you live in the projects; you have a bus pass. And even though you’re making millions, much of your family still lives in poverty and they’re looking to you to get them out. (I grew up in Dallas, but many of my relatives still live in impoverished villages in Nigeria.) You’ve also been primed to believe in this notion that “quitting is for cowards.” There’s no chance you would have made it this far without a fear of failure. And the reality is that you’ve loved football your whole life. It’s what people are proud of you for. It’s how you’ve shaped your legacy. Would you let that go? Could you just walk away?

Terrelle Pryor signs with Washington after big year with Browns - SB Nation
Cleveland’s top receiver in 2016 wanted to stay with the Browns, but is on to Washington.

Dolphins Announce Signing Of Nate Allen - The Phinsider
Allen is a former second round pick (2010) of the Philadelphia Eagles. He spent his first five seasons with them before testing the free agent market and signing with the Oakland Raiders. He signed a four-year deal with the Raiders but was released after only one season but re-signed for less money.

Chargers Sign Damion Square to a 2-Year Deal - Bolts From The Blue
Today the Los Angeles Chargers announced that they agreed to terms with defensive lineman Damion Square. While more of a rotation player than a starting caliber lineman, Square was and will in all likelihood remain a valuable contributor to the Chargers defense that ranked in the top half of the league last season.

Bears agree to terms with the Texans’ Quintin Demps per report - Windy City Gridiron
With the start of the 2017 league year on the horizon, it appears the Chicago Bears have had their first domino in this year’s free agency drop with Texans safety Quintin Demps. The Bears are set to sign Demps, who will be 32-years-old next season, to a three-year deal worth $4.5 million per year according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. More terms of contract structure and guaranteed money have not yet come to light.

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