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Snoop Dogg Name Drops Nick Foles In New Song - CBS Philly
“Nick Foles with it — get it?” Snoop Dog said in his new song Doggytails feat. Kokane. “I be the backup, second in line, see when I get in, you ain’t gettin’ no more time. I’m free as a bird.” The song is part of Snoop Dogg’s eight song EP, which was released earlier this week.

9 players the Eagles can cut or trade to save salary cap space - BGN
With less than a month until 2018 NFL free agency officially begins on March 14, the Eagles currently rank dead last in salary cap space. Over The Cap has Philadelphia at negative $9,666,190, which means the Birds will need to make some moves just to get out of the hole. In the Eagles’ case, not having a lot of cap space is the price to pay for fielding a Super Bowl winning quality roster. That’s a trade-off no one should complain about. The good news for the Eagles, though, is that they can free up some money this offseason. And they’ll need to do that in order to try to re-sign an impending free agent like Nigel Bradham and/or hand out some other extensions.

Previewing the Eagles’ next calendar year, in stick figure form - PhillyVoice
BLG Note: Jimmy predicts the Eagles will trade Nick Foles.

Interesting Idea - Iggles Blitz
We know the Eagles need to get under the salary cap. That means re-working some deals and making some cuts. It could also mean possibly trading a veteran, if the circumstances were right. PFT had a link to a story yesterday about the Colts transitioning to the 4-3 defense. They want to be a fast, attacking Tampa-2 style defense. One problem…they don’t have much at DE. Interesting. The Eagles could talk to them about a trade of Vinny Curry. The Eagles would save $5M and help to create a better cap situation. The Colts would have their starting RDE. Frank Reich is the new coach in Indy and might like bringing over a guy from the Eagles to help establish the right culture. The Colts are projected to have a ton of cap space. They could go sign a free agent, but this isn’t projected to be a great crop to choose from. You wouldn’t get great return for Curry. You could ask for Indy’s 4th round pick. Would you do it for a 5th? Keep in mind that their pick is at the top of the round.

Big Roles Ahead For 2017 Rookie Class -
Derek Barnett recovered a late fourth-quarter fumble and played 34 defensive snaps and seven special teams snaps in Super Bowl LII. Corey Clement accounted for 108 yards of offense on 24 snaps from the line of scrimmage. Jake Elliott booted three field goals. Mack Hollins played 17 snaps at wide receiver. Nathan Gerry was a core piece on special teams. Rasul Douglas saw seven snaps of action on special teams ...

The Eagles’ Offseason High-Wire Act: Maintaining the NFL’s Most Complete Roster - The Ringer
Which brings us to the elephant in the room during this Eagles’ offseason: Nick Foles and his $7.6 million contract. Philly is set to pay its quarterbacks a combined $15 million in 2018—a relative bargain given the position’s market and the rising cap. Yet while Foles’s deal was palatable for the franchise in 2017, it’s less so on a team that’s notably cash-strapped.

Drawing up 15 plays every NFL offensive coordinator should steal - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles’ wing counter. How it works: This play has a high school feel to it. In fact, I saw this scheme multiple times during the state playoffs this past November as a coach at IC Catholic Prep in the Chicago area. That’s what you get from Wing T and Double Wing offenses. But I also love the call from Eagles coach Doug Pederson in the playoffs against Atlanta because it meshes with Philadelphia’s misdirection schemes. With a bunch set to the strong side of the formation and wide receiver Nelson Agholor (W) aligned at No. 3, the Eagles show the toss play to running back Jay Ajayi (H). Off that toss look, however, the Eagles pull right tackle Lane Johnson and bring Agholor underneath on the inside handoff for Foles (Q). Now, with the linebackers flowing to the edge to play the toss, Agholor can follow Johnson on the pull for an explosive gain. Just watch here.

Making sense of whether the Eagles should trade Nick Foles - The Athletic
My gut (which is often wrong) says that the Eagles are going to end up trading Foles. NFL coaches possess a unique arrogance. Yes, it would be wise to look at Foles’ entire body of work when evaluating him. But there will be teams who look at what he did in the postseason and convince themselves that they too can set Foles up for success. Quarterback is the most important position in sports, and every offseason, we see teams do crazy things to acquire them [...] I don’t know if it’ll be in the spring or in August, but at some point, I think Roseman will receive an offer he likes, he’ll pull the trigger, and Foles will be playing elsewhere in 2018.

Eagles prepare to enter new world at NFL scouting combine - Daily News
The Eagles’ brass won’t be able to walk into any of Indianapolis’ fine dining and drinking establishments without being congratulated, by rivals whose handshakes and backslaps will be delivered with varying degrees of sincerity. But they’ll also start interviewing draft prospects, knowing that their first selection this spring will come 32nd and last in the first round, and that they don’t have a second- or third-round selection. And they’ll sit down with agents representing some of their players, who are looking for more money, now that they’ve helped the franchise win its first Super Bowl. Some of those players are slated to become free agents next month. Others just think they are due a raise. (And if you’re Brandon Graham, you certainly are.) This view from the top is uncharted territory for Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman, Joe Douglas and Doug Pederson – the quartet who will make personnel decisions. How they navigate that territory will determine whether the Eagles have a chance to become the first Super Bowl champs to defend their crown successfully since the New England Patriots vanquished the Eagles 13 years ago.

Eagles Stay or Go — Young CBs and a new return man? - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Rasul Douglas had a pretty weird year. He was a third-round pick and would have had the opportunity to win a starting job but struggled some early during training camp. If he didn’t, the team might not have made the move to trade for Darby. But when Darby went down, Douglas became a starter and played really well, finishing with two interceptions. He’s not the fastest guy, but his length and ballhawk skills make up for it. With Darby and Jalen Mills and Sidney Jones all in the mix, how does Douglas fit in? That’s not clear yet, but he’ll be back for his second year.

Report: Former NFL player Therrian Fontenot was driving DeSean Jackson’s car - PFT
Former NFL player Therrian Fontenot allegedly was driving DeSean Jackson‘s pickup when it wrecked on Christmas Eve, according to a police report obtained by Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. The Chevy Silverado, which hit a tree, had 6.3 grams of marijuana inside, an amount that would be a misdemeanor offense in Florida. Police also found two .38 caliber hollow-point bullets, which are legal in Florida. With no witnesses or video evidence, Tampa police have stopped investigating the case. The Bucs receiver told police a friend used his truck without his permission. Jackson and Fontenot played together in Philadelphia in 2007-08.

NFL trade tsunami? This offseason could be defined by deals -
Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Foles is about as unlikely as any player on this list to get traded. The Eagles have a Super Bowl MVP insurance plan under contract for $7 million, which is a bargain. Philly isn’t likely to be a motivated seller here, but I’d never rule out another team getting stupid-aggressive in search for a quarterback.

Connor Williams, tackle or guard? - PFF
Two and a half years later, that left tackle is likely a first-round pick. From the moment he stepped on Notre Dame’s turf, Williams was one of the top left tackles in college football. He allowed all of 16 pressures that 2015 season, and has only yielded an incredible 11 since. In 2016, Williams was the second-highest graded tackle in the FBS before he took a step back with injuries this past season. Even still, there are a ton of question marks about Williams’ game that have those inside the NFL going so far as to project him as a guard at the next level. We still think he’s a tackle, though, and one worthy of a first-round selection at that. Let’s take a look at his Texas career.

Stephen Jones is being awfully cryptic about Dez Bryant - Blogging The Boys
So in less than 30 days Stephen Jones has referred to Dez Bryant as a distraction at times and then implied that Dez Bryant has to be accountable to the Cowboys in a business sense, all but saying Dez Bryant needs to take a pay cut because his production isn’t living up to his price tag. Things certainly do feel like they’re trending in the direction of Dallas asking Dez to re-negotiate. It’s rare that this thing happens with nobody involved being offended, which suggests that our proverbial boat could be headed for rocky waters. Unless the Cowboys can get it done without “disrespecting” anybody. It seems as if Stephen Jones is using every public opportunity he can to lay the clues for what lies ahead. Will everyone involved make it through this hypothetical final destination?

Tyrod Taylor rumors: Bills might pay him a $6 million roster bonus and still let him walk - SB Nation
BLG Note: This situation is worth monitoring regarding a potential Nick Foles trade.

Premiere: Philadelphia’s Queen of Jeans Get Ghosted On A Dating App In The Charming ‘More To Love’ Video - UPROXX
BLG Note: Check out the new music video featuring BGN writer (and drummer) Patrick Wall!


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