This week is going to be very busy.
NFL free agency’s legal tampering period begins tomorrow on Monday, March 12. Then the new league year officially begins at 4:00 PM ET on Wednesday, March 14.
There will be no shortage of rumors/cuts/trades/signings/etc.
In the meantime, NFL insider Jason La Canfora already has a little tease for us involving information on two Eagles players: Jason Peters and Vinny Curry.
The left tackle market has been static. The Bills remain open to a Cordy Glenn trade, though they have not been operating as if they have to make that trade, sources said, while the Eagles have made no attempts to move Jason Peters, who they won a Super Bowl without. I figured the Browns would make sense for Glenn if Joe Thomas retired, though the consensus I’ve gleaned from conversations with people around the league is that Thomas will return in 2018 (though he is super svelte at this time and might have to bulk up to get close to his playing weight). Peters is very likely to remain in Philadelphia, though Eagles GM Howie Roseman will have other tricks up his sleeve.
All signs have pointed to the 36-year-old Peters returning to the Eagles this season. During Super Bowl week, Peters said he wants to keep playing. Doug Pederson also said he plans on having Peters as his left tackle in 2018.
Some have suggested the Eagles should move on from Peters due to his contract, but that doesn’t really make a lot of sense. Philadelphia would only save $4.3 million by cutting or trading him compared to $6.3 million in dead money. And Peters was playing at an All Pro level before suffering an ACL injury last season.
The Bodyguard isn’t going anywhere.
The videos he keeps posting to his Instagram page indicate he’s doing well in his recovery.
Given the dearth of pass rush on the open market, it’s only a matter of time before teams come calling on Eagles end Vinny Curry. There’s some real trade potential there ...
It’s been one week since Ian Rapoport reported that the Eagles plan to cut ... or restructure ... or trade ... or do something with Curry.
Since then, the Eagles haven’t reportedly done anything with him ... yet.
But Philadelphia did obviously trade for Michael Bennett, which seemingly makes Curry’s departure even more likely.
The fact that the rest of the league knows this means it’s going to be hard for the Eagles to expect to get much value for Curry.
I mean, the Eagles gave up Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round pick to get Bennett and a seventh-round pick. The Dolphins acquired Robert Quinn, who is 27 and was once one of the best pass rushers in the league, for the cost of a fourth-round pick and swapping sixth-round picks with Los Angeles.
Bennett, a three-time Pro Bowler, is more accomplished than Curry. Quinn has flashed a much higher ceiling and is younger than Curry, who turns 30 years old in June.
In other words, the market suggests the Eagles will receive offers worse than these ones that’ve gone through.
Maybe the Eagles are looking at something where they have to give up their 2018 seventh-round pick and Curry for a sixth-round selection.
Or maybe the Eagles will just cut Curry. As we noted with Torrey Smith, you have to keep in mind that trades don’t help the Eagles get under the cap before the new league year begins. The Eagles need to shed some salary BEFORE Wednesday; they’re currently over by $9.8 million. Cutting Curry saves $5 million. It’s arguably one of the few obvious cap-saving moves the Eagles can make at this point.
It’ll be tough to see Curry go, if/when that happens. We all know how the Neptune, NJ native grew up as an Eagles fan. At least he got to be a starter on the first Super Bowl winning team in franchise history.