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2018 Free Agency Preview: Philadelphia Eagles - PFF
NaVorro Bowman, LB, Oakland Raiders: Like Solder, the Raiders’ Bowman is still capable of playing at a high level despite being a bit long in the tooth (29 years old). His 84.8 overall grade in 2017 ranked 11th among qualifying linebackers, and he ranked tied at No. 7 in total run stops (33) en route to a 17th-ranked 85.4 run-defense grade. Re-signing Bradham will keep the Eagles out of the Bowman sweepstakes, but if Philly’s brass can’t agree to a contract extension with Bradham, Bowman may have to be their Plan B. Eric Reid, S, San Francisco 49ers: Reid, a former first-round pick out of LSU in 2013, may have fallen short of the game-changer label he was projected to earn after being drafted so high, but he has performed well with notable consistency. He has earned a 72.0 overall grade in four of his five years in the league, and he’s done so as a versatile chess piece in the 49ers’ defense, playing significant snaps at linebacker, safety and in the slot. Reid’s versatility fits the Eagles’ needs in the secondary, especially if Corey Graham and Patrick Robinson depart via free agency.

Mike Mayock talks about what Eagles should do in 2018 NFL Draft, gives very high praise to Howie Roseman - BGN
Draft picks are especially valuable to the Eagles in their current state. As we all know, Philadelphia is very limited on cap space. It’s vital for Roseman to stock their system with talented young players on inexpensive rookie contracts. History tells us there’s a good chance the Eagles will get offers for their first-round pick. As Mayock said, the value in getting a player at No. 32 as opposed to say, No. 36, is that first-round selections automatically have a fifth-year team option in their contract. That makes it easier for the team to keep them around in the long-term.

The Kist and Solak Show Ep. 6: NFL Combine Over and Unders - BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak nerd out over the NFL Combine. They cover the offensive prospects with breakdowns of all the important drills you should be looking for, plus prop bets on 40 times, Josh Allen needs to avoid an accuracy meltdown on live television, how fast is Saquon Barkley and Lamar Jackson, and more!

Mailbag: Who are the Eagles’ starting corners in 2018? - PhillyVoice
Question from BD Nick: Who will the starting corners be Week 1? Answer: I would lean toward Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby on the outside, with Sidney Jones in the slot. I do think Mills could eventually transition to safety, making way for Jones on the outside, but I actually think a year in the slot would serve Jones well for his long-term development. Of course, the Eagles could also use Mills in a role in which he moves inside in nickel sets, with Jones playing outside. For the first time in years, the Eagles have good, young depth at corner, and a lot of options.

Can Eagles continue dominance of NFC East? - ESPN
Be scared, NFC East. Be very scared. The Eagles will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come. Just think, they were good enough to win the Super Bowl without the MVP of the league before he was injured. As long as Wentz is healthy, he will have Philadelphia in contention just about every year, just as Donovan McNabb did with the early-2000s Eagles. The rest of the NFC East should be worried. It’s not like the Eagles don’t have good players around Wentz either. They undoubtedly do. They have the ultimate recipe for success in today’s NFL -- a stud quarterback and a disruptive front four. That’s not going to change for a while. The only thing that could derail this Eagles team from becoming a perennial contender is Wentz’s recklessness and health. It’s never a good idea for a quarterback to take on NFL linebackers head-to-head. Eventually, it doesn’t end well for the quarterback.

Perfect Time For Donnie Jones To Say Goodbye -
For 14 seasons Donnie Jones stepped onto the football field and did his job as well as anyone at his position in his profession. For the last five years Jones became the best punter in the history of the Philadelphia Eagles, and what made him so good, his consistency and his timing and his understanding of his place, helped Jones make the right decision now ...

How Rookie-Deal Rentals Are Changing NFL Team-Building - The Ringer
That’s an amazing core, and it’s supplemented by cheap rookies the Eagles drafted, like QB Carson Wentz, S Jalen Mills, and DE Derek Barnett. The Eagles merged the old wisdom of building through the draft with new wisdom of embracing large contracts, but what made them the most complete team in football was how they filled out the margins of their roster: adding above-average contributors who barely made a dent in their limited salary cap space. By effectively renting the rookie deals of Ajayi, Jernigan, and Darby, the Eagles completed their team.

Philadelphia Eagles at the NFL Combine: 7 potential questions for Howie Roseman - PennLive
Roseman won’t say publicly whether he plans to trade the Super Bowl MVP. He isn’t going to place a value on Foles, either. Those types of answers would cause the Eagles to lose leverage in any trade negotiations, and Roseman has a history of remaining tight-lipped when it comes to potential moves. But Philly’s shrewd executive might open up about the factors at play as the team decides what to do with Foles, a backup who led the Birds to a championship and is prepared to hand the reins of the offense to franchise quarterback Carson Wentz once he recovers from ACL surgery. Will the Eagles take into account Foles’ place in Eagles history? What effect do Wentz’s past injuries have on Philly’s decisions? And how can the team measure the worth of a draft pick against additional insurance at football’s most important position? If Roseman answers those types of questions honestly, it could shed real light on the team’s thinking in regards to Foles.

Debrief: Philadelphia Eagles’ roster too well-built to sustain -
It’s far more likely that the Eagles entertain offers for defensive end Vinny Curry or linebacker Mychal Kendricks. Curry was far more disruptive than his 2017 sack total indicates, but the Eagles may believe they can live without the rotational end, considering his $11 million cap figure. In this barren free-agent market of pass rushers, I believe Curry could have modest trade value with his $9 million base salary. If the Eagles can’t get a late-round pick for him, they may just release him and designate him a post June-1 cut to save $9 million against the cap. Trading Kendricks will be trickier. Starting linebacker Nigel Bradham is set to hit free agency, and the Eagles will be wary of losing too many players at the same position. Still, don’t discount the possibility of dealing Kendricks to open up room for Bradham. Roseman and Co. are nothing if not aggressive.

10 Roob stats in honor of Eagles’ greatest punter - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Jones punted seven times in the 2017 postseason. Five inside the 20, one touchback, one fair catch. And zero punt return yards. In his last 10 career games, Jones punted 41 times, allowing just 38 return yards. The Eagles this year became the first Super Bowl champion to not allow a single opposing punt return yard during the postseason since the 1990 Giants. Their punter was former Eagle Sean Landeta.

Nigel Bradham should be the Eagles’ No. 1 priority - Inquirer
Bringing back Bradham, 28, ought to be the Eagles’ biggest offseason priority. We should get a better sense of the status of that when Howie Roseman talks to reporters Wednesday in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine. Agent Drew Rosenhaus said Tuesday he had no comment on Bradham’s status, or whether he expected to meet with Roseman at the combine. Bradham has led the team in tackles the past two seasons, and after Hicks went down, he put on the radio helmet and relayed calls from the coaches, something he hadn’t done before. In 2017, Bradham stayed away from the off-field scrapes that put him in a questionable light the previous year – a fracas with a pool attendant in Miami and accidentally trying to check a backpack including a loaded gun through airport security. He seemed to grow as a leader and a spokesman.

Eagles draft series: Could WRs Equanimeous St. Brown or Allen Lazard be fits? - The Athletic
St. Brown is sort of an anomaly. He’s a big receiver who can create separation with his speed and route-running, yet he doesn’t come down with enough contested passes. He isn’t afraid to catch passes down the middle of a defense, so it’s not fear that’s holding him back. It’s technique, which means there’s hope that he could improve in jump-ball situations by learning to properly use his hands. Some added strength would also help. St. Brown’s lack of production could turn some teams off, but his raw ability could make him a nice high-upside option on Day 1 or Day 2 of the draft, especially if he tests well at the combine.

Predicting where all three Minnesota Vikings QBs will land in free agency - CBS Sports
Cleveland has the cap space to bait him with what could be his last big-money deal, and the Buffalo Bills make for a potential fit if they do, in fact, deal Tyrod Taylor. But Denver is, quietly, the perfect landing spot -- more so for Sam Bradford, but nice enough for the Broncos, too. John Elway is apparently bent on fixing his team’s mediocre QB room and fixing it fast, and Bradford doesn’t exactly scream “instant, elite upgrade,” but this is a guy the Broncos literally tried to trade for in 2016. As long as he’s healthy, Bradford, who’d also prefer being closer to home in Oklahoma, is a high-upside bridge option. And with a top-five draft pick, Elway could double dip on QBs without breaking the bank for Cousins.

Brockton’s Rocky Marciano statue wears Eagles banner - Boston Globe
A bet’s a bet,” Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter wrote in a tweet accompanied by a photo of the town’s legendary Rocky Marciano statue with a Philadelphia Eagles banner draped from his bronze neck like a cape. Before the Super Bowl, Carpenter bet Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney that if the Patriots lost, the 20-foot statue of the Brockton native would don Eagles attire.

Rick Lovato will finally get his standing “O” Thursday night at ODU - PilotOnline
Thursday night, Lovato finally takes the spotlight he deserves when the ODU basketball team hosts Florida Atlantic. Lovato will be introduced to the crowd midway through the first half and presumably will finally get that standing ovation he’s never had at ODU. Lovato is the first ODU alum to earn a Super Bowl ring, and although his playing time was limited with the Philadelphia Eagles, he played a key role in Philly’s first Super Bowl championship.

8 storylines to follow at the 2018 NFL Combine - SB Nation
The NFL Scouting Combine starts this week in Indianapolis with players going through medical checks, testing drills, team interviews, and meeting with the media. These are the eight most interesting storylines to follow during the week.


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