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The emotional fire that never burned out: Asante Samuel opens up on his time with the Eagles - Philly Sports Network
“Yes. I will forever feel disrespected, but not just for me, but for the fans as well. I put my heart and my passion out there. I gave Philly nothing, but excitement, energy and fun. For them to do me, my family and you guys like that, that was just a crazy situation. Not only that, but for the replacements to not even give you guys back any of the excitement, it’s crazy. It was just like a power struggle,” says Samuel. “I’m not taking shots at anyone, I hold no grudges against anyone either. I’m just speaking. No one ever heard my side of the story. I’m just talking and telling the truth.”

BGN Radio #229: Would You Want To Trade For Richard Sherman? -
Plus: Talking about the return of Nick Foles, the future of Jason Kelce, and more.

2017 NFL Draft big board roundup - PhillyVoice
Out of curiosity, I rounded up five different 2017 NFL Draft "big boards," for the purpose of seeing how many players would appear in each draft experts' top 25. For this exercise, I rounded up the big boards of Mel Kiper and Todd McShay from ESPN, Daniel Jeremiah from, Rob Rang of CBS, and Joel Klatt of FOX Sports. It turns out that precisely 14 players appear in all five "big boards." The Eagles happen to be picking at 14th overall, as I'm sure you all know. Here's the list.

Understanding Visits - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles are taking a look at some really talented runners and receivers. But what do the visits mean? Players cannot work out when they go to team facilities. That has to be done on the campus of the prospect. Teams bring prospects to them usually for a medical or character concern. Davis has an ankle injry. Fournette missed time this year with an ankle injury. Cook has medical and character concerns. Williams had a serious neck injury that cost him almost all of 2015. No matter how much you love a player’s game tape, you have to check out these other factors before assigning that player a draft grade. Durability and character are critical to success for pro prospects.

Why Dalvin Cook could be a realistic target for the Eagles - ESPN
Both medically and otherwise, teams are going to have to find answers that they are comfortable with before drafting Cook. That's part of the benefit of the pre-draft visits, like the one Cook is on with the Eagles right now. Roseman described the running back depth in this class as "historic," so in theory impact players can be had on Day 2 of the draft and beyond. If Cook is pushed down the board and available when the Eagles are on the clock in the second round (43rd overall), that might be too good of a value to pass up, assuming everything checks out.

Morning Sesh: I Don’t Want The Eagles To Draft Joe Mixon - Philly Football Talk
I didn’t think we were there yet, but it appears I was wrong. Over the last few days the “draft Joe Mixon” crowd has started to emerge. And look, I get it. The opportunity to get a running back that talented after the first round is tantalizing to say the least. But, and it’s a gigantic monstrous BUT, sometimes we need to look past the helmets and shoulder pads – we have to step back and say, “Do I really want to root for this guy?” So I will pose that question to you, do you really want to root for this guy?

Is Eagles' Howie Roseman planning another big trade? -
So why was he visiting the Eagles, who don't pick until No. 14 overall, Friday? Teams only get to bring 30 players to their facility for pre-draft visits, and the Eagles used one of those precious meetings with Fournette, who if everyone else is right has hardly a chance to be on the board when they are on the clock. Unless ... "Maybe Howie (Roseman) has something going on again,'' said a person familiar with the Eagles. "You never know. He likes to make a splash.''

Inside The Studio: Nick Foles -
Quarterback Nick Foles joins Dave Spadaro in the studio to discuss his return to Philadelphia and about his experiences in both Kansas City and St. Louis.

Nick Foles gets $7 million guaranteed within five days of signing - PFT
Per a source with knowledge of the contract, it’s a two-year, $11 million deal, with $7 million guaranteed within five days of signing. The payments come in the form of a $3 million signing bonus, a $1 million fully-guaranteed base salary in 2017, a $3 million roster bonus that becomes fully guaranteed five days after the contract is signed. The roster bonus makes it more likely that the Eagles will keep Foles in 2018, at a base salary of $4 million. (Then again, they didn’t keep Chase Daniel for the second year of his contract, despite $5 million in guaranteed base salary for 2017.)

DBs Jamal Adams and Teez Tabor have an NFL draft bet they made back in high school - SB Nation
It’s all about who will be picked higher.

The Eagles have a lot of offensive line options - BGN
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2017 NCAA Tournament: Villanova’s season ends in Second Round to Wisconsin, 65-62 - VUHoops
Villanova’s quest to repeat as National Champions came to an end on Saturday as the top-seed Wildcats lost to Wisconsin, 65-62, in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. The victory in a back and forth game will send the Badgers to New York City for the Sweet 16.


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