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Eagles News: ESPN says the best fit for Alshon Jeffery is Philadelphia

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/7/17.

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Best fits for top NFL free agents - ESPN
Alshon Jeffery, WR - Best fit: Philadelphia Eagles. There are availability concerns with Jeffery given his injury history and the suspension in 2016. However, in Doug Pederson's offense, Jeffery is an easy fit because of his size, catch radius and matchup ability. Think inside-breaking routes in the West Coast system with the ball thrown between the hash and the numbers. Use that frame to shield defenders and finish. In Philadelphia, the Eagles need a true No. 1 for Carson Wentz, a player who can move the sticks, win in the red zone and capitalize on 50-50 throws.

What to expect from the Eagles in 2017 NFL Free Agency - BGN
Everything you need to know about the Eagles heading into free agency.

Eagles likely have free-agency moves in mind already - Daily News
So, deals will be struck before Thursday, they just can't be announced. The Eagles are expected to add at least one wide receiver (Terrelle Pryor is the hot name this week), and quite possibly a veteran cornerback. Those might not end up being top-of-the-market names. In fact, an agent for one prominent pending free-agent corner said last week that he had the impression the Eagles' big-money deals for free agents corners who didn't pan out - Nnamdi Asomugha, Byron Maxwell - had soured Roseman on the idea, especially in such a deep corner draft year.

Trading Jordan Matthews makes sense for the Eagles - PhillyVoice
Looking forward, Matthews is likely going to carve out a long NFL career making a whole lot of catches from his slot receiver position. He's a high-quality person and teammate who works his ass off and loves the game. There are plenty of reasons to like Jordan Matthews. However, he still struggles with drops, and is not a consistent big play threat. For example, in 2016, Matthews had just one reception of 40+ yards. 67 players had at least two, 42 had at least three, 26 had at least four, and 10 had at least five. Questions also remain whether Matthews can only be effective in the NFL as a slot receiver, as opposed to a receiver who can also be a threat on the outside.

Millionaire Matchmaker, NFL Edition - Ringer
Philadelphia Eagles: WR Brandon Marshall: The Eagles need to give second-year starter Carson Wentz better options in the passing game, and Marshall remains one of the most dangerous red zone targets in the league. He’d improve an area of weakness for a team that accumulated just 16 passing touchdowns in 2016. At 32 years old, Marshall may not be the all-around, unstoppable threat that he once was, but he can still tilt coverage his way. Adding him would also allow the Eagles to keep Jordan Matthews in the slot, where he’s most effective.

Time Is Now For Eagles To Shape Roster -
This is the week when the Eagles get down to the business of shaping the 90-man roster. There are going to be moves – additions, subtractions, and plans for the future. The weeks of speculation and creating scenarios are over, and with free agency here, the Eagles will wheel and deal and do what they need to do to improve the roster ...

NFL trade rumors: Why Eagles shouldn't deal away Jordan Matthews -
Underrated player. Since entering the NFL as a second-round pick out of Vanderbilt in 2014, Matthews has posted the following numbers: 225 receptions, 2,673 yards, 19 touchdowns. Those 225 receptions place Matthews 11th all-time in receptions by a player in his first three years (since the NFL merger in 1970). Players with less catches in their first three seasons: Issac Bruce, Tory Holt, Andre Johnson, Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison, Calvin Johnson and all but 10 great players.

20 Eagles & draft observations, news, notes from 2017 combine - CSN Philly
"I think you have to adjust your thinking a little bit to what you have and what you need. Certainly, we’re not sitting here saying we’re one player away and if we sign this one guy, it’s going to put us in a position to get over the top. So we’re going to try to build it piece by piece and be aware of the risks involved. That doesn’t mean we’re not going to take some risks or do something to get through the moment at certain positions. But that’s our plan." Basically, the Eagles aren't naive enough to think they're close to winning a Super Bowl, nor stupid enough to tell fans they are.

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Know Your Draft Crush: Florida State RB Dalvin Cook - Arrowhead Pride
One Chiefs writer thinks Dalvin Cook’s best fit in the NFL is with the Eagles.

Deion Sanders’ NFL Combine was so legendary, people will believe anything about it - SB Nation
Prime Time was an incredible athlete. He was not THAT incredible.

Why NFL Free Agency Rarely Transforms Teams - Forbes
The players identified as "difference makers" are rarely allowed to hit the free agent market. Teams constantly extend these players contracts to insure that the contract never expires and turns into free agent status. Letting a critical star play through his final year without a new contract creates friction, uncertainty, and is bad business. In those cases where a new contract cannot be reached and the player is eligible for free agency, a team will use its' franchise tag. Ndamukong Suh was an exception because his contract triggered a franchise number so high that exercising it would have crippled the Lions. Occasionally stars escape the franchise tag because teams just run out of cap room. The franchise tag can be dropped if a new contract with the player can be reached by July 17th. Smart teams keep it available as a threat and use it to prod settlements rather than using it to tag.

Hall of Fame voter says opposition to Terrell Owens “felt personal” - PFT
Were there legitimate football reasons to keep Terrell Owens out of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, or did voters who disliked Owens personally vote against him for off-field reasons? That’s perhaps the most important question after Owens was voted down by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee. And one member of the committee had an interesting comment about the proceedings.

Philadelphia Eagles sacked by Pa. court for failing to pay workers comp to injured player - PennLive
Saying the team didn't follow the rules, a state appeals court panel Monday ruled that the Philadelphia Eagles must pay workers compensation, plus a penalty, for the career-ending injuries of defensive end Victor Abiamiri. The comp payments - the amount of which are not specified in the Commonwealth Court ruling - come on top of the $55,000 the Eagles payed Abiamiri when his four-year contract ended in March 2012.

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