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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/12/18.

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What’s the Eagles’ next move? - BGN
John, Brandon, and Tra go over the week of Emoves that have been made by Eagles and look ahead to what might happen next. Could Ndamukong Suh really land in Philly? Which player will be traded or cut or re-signed next?

Roster Talk - Iggles Blitz
I left Vinny Curry off the list because I expect him to be cut or traded in the next few days. You might wonder about Smallwood and Pumphrey. Smallwood was basically banished to Siberia this past year, but remember that he’s young and cheap, two things the Eagles need. Smallwood knows the offense and does have the kind of versatile skill set the Eagles like. As for Pumphrey, I’m projecting him to take the Kenjon Barner role this year. This is a player the Eagles liked a lot so they’re going to give him every chance to make the team.

Best-case/worst-case free-agency scenarios for every NFL team - ESPN
Best case: The Eagles find a way to keep linebacker Nigel Bradham and cornerback Patrick Robinson. When asked about Bradham recently, executive VP of football operations Howie Roseman noted that the Eagles are not in the position to empty the vault for any player on the team given how tight they are against the cap. It will be tough to hold on to the linebacker if a market develops, but Bradham really stepped up as a player (85 tackles, 5 TFL) and a leader for the Super Bowl champion Eagles in 2017. Robinson was a big surprise, emerging as one of the better slot cornerbacks in the NFL. The Eagles are pretty stocked at corner, but the nickel role requires a specific skill set, and Robinson has it.

With Eagles over salary cap, NFL free agency is when Super Bowl bill comes due - Daily News
This sort of unfamiliar exodus might produce a bounty of 2019 compensatory draft picks if the Eagles don’t sign players of comparable value. But 2019 compensatory picks won’t make many tackles or gain many yards in 2018. Bradham would leave the biggest hole in the lineup. Given the roll that Roseman and personnel chief Joe Douglas are on, it seems unlikely that they have taken leave of their senses. They surely have a plan for the position, but looking down the list of possible linebacking free-agent additions, it’s hard to see anyone who compares to Bradham. Zach Brown? Avery Williamson? Aren’t they going to want top-echelon money, like Bradham does? Would former Temple star Tahir Whitehead be cheaper and almost as good?

One-On-One: Mike Mayock -
We catch up with NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock to get his take on the Eagles Super Bowl victory as well as some of the players that stood out at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Daniel Jeremiah’s top 50 prospects for 2018 NFL Draft 2.0 -
Now that the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine is in the rearview mirror, I’ve updated my ranking of the top 50 prospects in this year’s draft. My top two players remain the same -- Penn State’s Saquon Barkley (No. 1) and Notre Dame’s Quenton Nelson (No. 2) -- but the movement begins once we get past them on the list. Several defensive players, including Georgia’s Roquan Smith and Alabama’s Da’Ron Payne, are making a big move up the board. There are also seven players in this installment of the top 50 that weren’t on my initial list in January. The changes to this list are based mainly on my review of their combine workout, health and more tape work.

Looking back fondly on Torrey Smith’s Eagles tenure - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Chances are people will forget Smith even played for the Eagles as time passes. It was a mostly forgettable season, finishing eight games with one or zero receptions. That’s not the way it should go down. Smith was a regular and valuable contributor during the Eagles’ postseason run. They don’t necessarily win two of those three games without him. The drops are what stick out to some people, along with the calls to replace him and his general lack of impact most weeks. But Smith was a great presence in the locker room all year, then became a legitimate weapon in the playoffs. His departure was necessary and inevitable, but Smith’s time with the Eagles should be remembered fondly.

Negotiating With The Enemy: Inside the Richard Sherman-49ers Contract Talks - Sports Illustrated
Hang in the Indiana Convention Center with Eagles GM Howie Roseman during the combine, with the full roster of NFL coaches and GMs walking by, and your conversation won’t last long. Roseman keeps getting interrupted. He’s the mayor of the combine, talking to everyone. There’s more camaraderie among fierce competitors than I remember in the past. Roseman, Seattle’s John Schneider, Les Snead of the Rams, Indy’s Chris Ballard, Minnesota’s Rick Spielman, San Francisco’s John Lynch, Tom Telesco of the Chargers and Cleveland’s John Dorsey (and his new Browns’ staff) are young franchise czars who seem, mostly, to genuinely like and respect each other. “I think we all feel we want trades to be win-win,” Roseman said. “It’s not a case of trying get over on someone. This is a fraternity. We don’t want to see our friends in the business lose their jobs.”

Embiid, Covington lead 76ers to easy win over Nets - Yahoo! Sports
Something then clicked, although both teams trading baskets, with the last one in the quarter coming from Nets reserve forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s dunk with 1:22 remaining, cutting the deficit to 96-83. With a strong contingent of fans that started a chant for the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, it was as close at the Nets would get.

Here’s how Eagles fans felt before they got Michael Bennett - Field Gulls
Just how did Eagles fans view Bennett when he was a Seahawk? Well... let’s just say that they draw the line at trashing Sam Bradford. Here’s what happened in the 2015 offseason, which was when Philadelphia traded Nick Foles to the Rams for the former #1 overall draft picks.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie cut by Giants - Big Blue View
BLG Note: The Eagles got something for Torrey Smith, the Browns got something for DeShone Kizer, and the Giants got nothing for DRC.

The 5 O’Clock Club: with free agency frenzy starting this week, let’s look at the salary caps & roster opportunities for NFC East teams - Hogs Haven
Having resolved their starting quarterback situation for the time being, the Redskins are estimated to have $31.9m in cap space available, according to OverTheCap. This is, by far, the largest available cap space for any team in the NFC East. Part of the reason the Redskins have as much cap space as they do, though, is that they are potentially losing a number of key players — more than any of their NFC East division rivals. In fact, OverTheCap has 7 prospective Redskin free agents counted among their top-100, meaning that there is a huge potential talent drain to be replaced this off-season.

There is a good reason the Cowboys shouldn’t spend in free agency, besides the salary cap - Blogging The Boys
Free agency doesn’t begin until Wednesday but already the league has been making moves. The Cleveland Browns are are re-making their roster, the Seahawks have put a large “For Sale” sign up in the yard, while the Rams and Eagles have been busy, too. All of this has caused the Cowboys social media landscape to be up in arms with the Cowboys for choosing to sit back. But maybe Cowboys fans should be happy that Dallas is sitting back. The Cowboys have, quite simply, had an awful run of luck with scouting veteran talent recently. Look no further than the fresh disaster of last season’s free agent acquisitions for proof. There’s nothing to gain in beating that dead horse over and over again.

Every NFL Draft pick should be decided by how many nut punches a GM will take - SB Nation
WE CHANGE THE NFL DRAFT SO THERE IS NO MORE DRAFT ORDER BASED ON RECORD. EVERY PLAYER IS SELECTED BY NUT PUNCHES. I’ve thought about this, a lot — and the idea is utter perfection. Instead of drafting based on record, every selection is set up like a giant bet. Roger Goodell walks to the podium and tells the world that the New York Giants want to select Saquon Barkley. Now, all 32 teams have two minutes to enter their nut punch wager electronically.


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