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Eagles News: Nick Foles doesn’t want to talk about his future in Philadelphia

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Nick Foles refuses to talk about future with Philadelphia Eagles - USA Today
Quarterback Nick Foles might have strong feelings about whether he wants to return to the Philadelphia Eagles as a backup to Carson Wentz, but on Thursday he said he wasn’t ready to address the situation publicly. “I don’t want to talk about anything,’’ said Foles, the Super Bowl MVP whose future still remains unclear after leading the Philadelphia Eagles past the New England Patriots. “It’s the offseason and I just want to stay out of it.’’

Chris Long endorses Michael Bennett trade, says he doesn’t know if he’ll return to Eagles in 2018 - BGN
Hear from the Eagles’ veteran defensive end.

The Kist & Solak Show Ep. 10: The Top 100 Players In The NFL Draft - BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak throw down in a NFL Draft Big Board Battle, discussing what they hate about each other and their rankings while finding time to discuss several possible fits for the Eagles. Plus, a news bomb hits as Aqib Talib joins Marcus Peters in Los Angeles!

Moves Keep Coming - Iggles Blitz
It is possible the Eagles could think of him as a Safety. My guess is CB, but that’s not certain. The Eagles brought him to the NovaCare Complex before the 2016 draft so this is a player they’ve had some interest in. He is a Philly kid so the visit didn’t count against the Eagles 30-visit limit, but I think they liked him regardless. The Eagles drafted Rasul Douglas in 2017 and he’s a very similar player in terms of size, speed and ball skills. And they both went to West Virginia. The Eagles now have a deep set of CBs with Ronald Darby, Sidney Jones, Mills, Douglas and Worley. The problem is that none of them is ideal in the slot. There was a recent rumor that Howie Roseman was going to move a CB for a draft pick. That makes even more sense as of today. We’ll see if the Eagles can get any offers for Darby. It blows my mind that the Eagles are so deep at CB. For years, that was a spot they struggled to keep stocked with any kind of talent.

Biggest holes for all 32 NFL teams - ESPN
These Eagles, though? This is an awfully solid roster. If anything, they should be more talented come Week 1 than they were in the Super Bowl. They’re likely to lose only two starters in free agency, one on offense (running back LeGarrette Blount) and one on defense (linebacker Nigel Bradham). They’ll get Carson Wentz and Jason Peters back from injury. Plus they’ll add whatever talent they can find in free agency and the draft after trading for Michael Bennett this week. It’s pretty hard to find any cracks in the armor here. That said, it’s at linebacker where the Eagles should be most concerned. Bradham’s departure would leave Mychal Kendricks as the only returning man at the position who played more than 300 defensive snaps last season. Backups Dannell Ellerbe and Najee Goode are also free agents, so the entire depth chart here could be in for a complete overhaul. The Eagles are hoping that a player such as Alabama’s Rashaan Evans or Virginia Tech’s Tremaine Edmunds falls to them at the end of the first round. Or they could look to improve at left guard or add depth at running back.

Shaquem Griffin captured nation’s heart with stirring story of overcoming adversity - PhillyVoice
“I’ve been battling that label my whole life,” admitted Griffin, the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year in the American Athletic Conference, where Temple plays. “I had grown men telling me, whether I was a five-, six-, seven-, eight-year old, what a kid can and cannot do. That can be tough. “Other kids could never bully me because of Shaquil, he was like my bodyguard. He never let anyone talk to me or try and bully me. There were a lot of tears growing up,” he said. “I deal with it. You live through it. I remember the time when I was seven, and the opposing team’s head coach checked my weight. He said I was over, when I knew that I wasn’t.”

Jeffrey Lurie Honored By The Fritz Pollard Alliance - PE.com
“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized as this year’s recipient of the Paul “Tank” Younger Award,” Lurie said. “The Fritz Pollard Alliance is doing excellent work promoting diversity and equality in the NFL which is something I feel strongly about as an individual and the Philadelphia Eagles feel strongly about as an organization. Thank you for the work that you are doing. We are inspired by your efforts and fortunate to be recognized by a foundation whose values align so closely with ours. Football is the ultimate team game and also the ultimate unifier, uniting people from all different backgrounds for a common goal - players, coaches, front office, and even fans. At a time in our country when we are experiencing such harsh polarization, we need to continue to use our platform to showcase this unity to others.”

Why the Eagles can’t afford to sit on their hands - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Roseman pulled off a trade this week to bring in Pro Bowl defensive lineman Michael Bennett. He added a Pro Bowler to what was already one of the best defensive lines in football. It was a good move; it won’t be enough. And with free agency and the draft rapidly approaching, Roseman is far from done. A quick spin around the NFC shows why the Eagles can’t afford to sit on their hands and expect that returning most of their 2017 team will be good enough to compete for the title next season. On Thursday night, the Rams pulled off their fourth trade before trades can even become official on March 14. This time, they brought in veteran cornerback Aqib Talib from Denver for a fifth-round pick. Talib will join forces with also-recently-acquired Marcus Peters to form a formidable cornerback duo.

Are the Eagles going for it again by trading for Michael Bennett? - Inquirer
Maybe he will be. Maybe he won’t. Either way, this impending trade doesn’t tell us much yet about how the Eagles are approaching 2018. Roseman has never been one to stand pat, either in years that he was going “all in” (such as the 2011 “Dream Team”) or in years that he was trying to lay a foundation for future success (such as he did in 2016). The more revealing action, or inaction, will happen later this offseason, once the market for starting quarterbacks begins to take shape and the Eagles have a clearer idea of what they can or should do with Nick Foles. If Roseman has an opportunity to trade Foles for a high draft pick or two and doesn’t, if he goes against his natural inclination to take advantage of a veteran player’s maximum value, if he determines that retaining Foles for this season is better than trading him for future assets, then everyone will know that the Eagles really are going for it again.

Does Mike Evans deal make DeSean Jackson available? - PFT
Whatever the precise number (it will be known soon enough), it could mean that the Bucs will look to unload Jackson. Given that the Eagles will trade their current deep threat (Torrey Smith) to Carolina next week, maybe the next power move for Howie Roseman will include bringing home another one of the guys Chip Kelly ran off.

Skill Drill: 3 Things to know about Carolina Panthers cornerback Daryl Worley - Cat Scratch Reader
Daryl Worley has emerged as a force to be reckoned with over the last few weeks. Let’s take a closer look at what he brings to the table for the Panthers.

Seahawks acquire WR Marcus Johnson from Eagles. Who? - Field Gulls
Blazing straight line speed, issues with drops and a strong special teams contributor? To me, that sounds a whole lot like Ricardo Lockette, and it was during Lockette’s third season in the NFL that Seattle brought home a Lombardi. So, obviously, with 2018 set to be Johnson’s third year in the NFL, it’s fairly obvious that the Seahawks will be bringing home the Lombardi next season.

24 Hours ... At the NFL Scouting Combine - Sports Illustrated
What you see on TV is just a small sliver of what goes on at the NFL’s talent show in Indy—and not even the most important part. A day at the combine begins before dawn and runs into the wee hours of the night, encompassing thousands of interviews, hundreds of medical checks, and countless deals getting brokered over steaks and shrimp cocktail. The MMQB flooded the zone last Saturday to capture it all

What are the Browns doing? - SB Nation
Altogether, that’s two mid-round picks this year, a late-round pick next year, and a discarded quarterback for three players who will all likely start in 2018. Not bad at all for a team coming off an 0-16 season.

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