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What to expect from the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018 NFL Free Agency - BGN
While this year likely won’t feature the big signings we’ve seen in previous offseasons, you can expect Roseman will still be active when it comes to making trades and signing depth players. He always has some surprises up his sleeve. This comprehensive 2018 NFL free agency primer has you covered with everything you need to know regarding this year’s process.

The Q&A ... with Hall of Fame wide receiver (and Vegas showman) Terrell Owens - PhillyVoice
Trust me. I watched it. I was here in Vegas, but I wished I could’ve gone there and made it back in time for my show. I watched [the parade] almost in tears, not because I was bitter, but because I was so happy for the city of Philadelphia. I don’t know how many people were there, but it looked like millions – a sea of black and green – when I watched, and I watched all of it. It was pure enjoyment, excitement for Philly. I wish I could’ve experienced that and had an opportunity to do it myself, but again, I couldn’t be happier for that city.

Free Agency Preview - Iggles Blitz
Free agency officially begins until Wednesday at 4pm. Teams began “officially” talking to agents/players on Monday, but some of those talks really got started at the Scouting Combine in Indy. Normally the Eagles would be very active shoppers, but this isn’t a normal offseason. The Eagles are above the cap and have some serious work to do. There was a report on Monday that the team was close to re-signing CB Patrick Robinson. I thought that was a long shot to happen, but it would be an excellent start to free agency. Keeping Robinson would help the roster, but it will only make the finances tougher on Howie Roseman and the front office. I’m sure Howie can live with that to keep an outstanding slot corner.

Cuts, trades coming as Eagles prepare for free agency - ESPN
Executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman has made 16 trades since regaining personnel power in ‘16. He’s remained aggressive on this front this offseason, dealing Smith to the Carolina Panthers and acquiring Bennett from the Seahawks. It’s a great bet that more are to come. There’s some buzz around the idea a defensive back could be moved for a Day 2 pick in April’s draft (the Eagles don’t have a second- or third-rounder). Cornerback Ronald Darby, a free agent after this season, is the one candidate at his position that makes some sense. Depending on what happens with pending free-agent linebacker Nigel Bradham, linebacker Mychal Kendricks could be available. And there’s at least a remote chance quarterback Nick Foles gets dealt, though the organization is setting a steep price.

Film Breakdown: Why did the Eagles trade for CB Daryl Worley? - Inquirer
Elite speed isn’t a prerequisite for playing the position in the NFL, but it certainly helps, particularly for press-man corners. Worley has good size for playing at the line, but he prefers off coverage. He generally keeps receivers in front and tackles well, but a lack of explosiveness can put him in tough spots. Worley had an up-and-down second season. He was benched in the Week 6 loss to the Eagles, and split time for the next several games. But he was a regular down the stretch and appeared to perform more consistently. It’s unclear how the Eagles envision using Worley or where he fits in the secondary puzzle. With Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby, Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas under contract, the Eagles could be open to trading one of their cornerbacks.

Ranking all 32 offensive lines from the 2017 NFL season - PFF
1) “Games are won in the trenches” – a phrase considered to be cliché by many. However, the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles once again proved this theory accurate. Philadelphia fielded the best offensive line in the NFL and it was a large reason why the Eagles hoisted the Lombardi Trophy for the first time in franchise history. The Eagles finished the regular season with the eighth-highest pass-blocking efficiency rating (80.9) and were led by right guard Brandon Brooks in pass-blocking as he did not allow a single sack all season. Philadelphia’s run-blocking was anchored by center Jason Kelce, who had a career year and finished the season as the highest-graded center in the NFL. The Eagles running game relied on traps more than any other team in the NFL while they also averaged a whopping 6.87 yards on these runs.

Lawlor: Eagles Must Be Creative This Offseason -
I am curious to see how things play out. The Eagles are normally very aggressive in free agency and make plenty of early moves. This year could be very different. The team will likely be very selective shoppers. Those kinds of moves generally don’t happen in the first week. Long and Robinson signed on March 28 last year. Blount signed with the Eagles in the middle of May. Graham joined the team in August. Those were smart, patient signings. You could see that kind of an approach this year. I do think there could be trades, cuts, and maybe a re-signing or two early on.

10 worst free-agent signings in Eagles history - NBC Sports Philadelphia
On the day Brian Dawkins signed with the Broncos, the Eagles signed a disinterested veteran offensive guard named Stacy Andrews from the Bengals and gave him a six-year, $38.3125 million contract. Andrews, older brother of Shawn Andrews, started only two games before the Eagles gave up on him and replaced him with Max Jean-Gilles. Andrews wound up earning more than $9.5 million for those two starts.

Eagles free agency buying guide: Which veterans make sense? - The Athletic
Roseman has been unafraid to target special teams contributors early in free agency. It worked with Chris Maragos, less so with Jason Phillips. With Doug Pederson’s recent assertion that special teams will be a focus of offseason improvement, it’s reasonable to expect the Eagles to target one or two free agents who can help either in coverage or in the return game. On the return side, beyond Campanaro, 30-year-old Marcus Sherels has been an above-average punt returner for the Vikings. Brandon Tate is another 30-year-old returner. As is Andre Roberts. One would think the Eagles should be able to find a more dynamic, younger option for the role. Bruce Ellington and De’Anthony Thomas are both 26 and could be considered. On the coverage side, keep in mind players like Jeff Janis, Don Carey, Justin Bethel, Michael Wilhoite and Michael Thomas — though Thomas and Jenkins ended up on opposite sides of the Players’ Council debate last season.

Situational Play-Action Passing in the NFL - Football Outsiders
What down and distance make the most sense for play-action passes? And does it matter whether the quarterback is under center or in the shotgun? Guest columnist Ben Baldwin explores.

Where Would the Top NFL Prospects Go If They Were All Free Agents? - The Ringer
In this thought experiment, the NFL draft is gone, and incoming rookies have all the bargaining power. Which teams would they choose if their employers weren’t chosen for them? Can anyone say Saquon Barkley to the Packers?

Los Angeles Chargers Interested in Philadelphia Eagles DT Beau Allen - Bolts From The Blue
The pending free agent defensive tackle has drawn interest from the Chargers and others.

Reports: Bucs pursuing Eagles DT Beau Allen - Tampa Bay Times
The Bucs, busy in retaining their own top talent on Monday, have been linked to an outside free agent in Eagles defensive tackle Beau Allen. Two reports had the Bucs among the team interested in the 26-year-old run-stopper — the St. Paul Pioneer Press identified the Bucs and Lions as being interested in Allen, and 97.3 ESPN radio in Philadelphia said the Bucs, Lions and Chargers were interested. While Allen wouldn’t necessarily be a starter for the Bucs, going after the Super Bowl champions’ depth is a smart tactic. The Eagles are well over the salary cap and will have to make cuts just to meet Wednesday’s deadline to get under the cap, so their young talent might be more available than most teams.

2018 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills following Philadelphia Eagles blueprint for quarterback trade up - Buffalo Rumblings
The Buffalo Bills traded Cordy Glenn and the 21st overall pick to the Cincinnati Bengals for the the 12th overall pick on Monday. After trading Tyrod Taylor over the weekend, the Bills are almost a lock to take one of the top quarterbacks in this years class. The Philadelphia Eagles made similar moves in the 2016 NFL Draft when double-trading to get the second overall pick to take Carson Wentz.

Report: DeMarco Murray scheduled to meet with the Seahawks - Field Gulls
In need of running back help, the Seattle Seahawks will reportedly meet with free agent DeMarco Murray, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

What happened to last year’s biggest winners in NFL free agency? - SB Nation
Every year, some lucky teams lock up the biggest names on the market and fans and analysts crown them the winners of free agency. This year, the team that lands prized free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins should be near the top of the winners’ list. But splashy moves don’t guarantee success. Sometimes it shakes out like it did for the Eagles’ “Dream Team” in 2011, when they signed Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Jason Babin in the offseason. They went 8-8 and missed the playoffs. But sometimes it works out like it did for the Eagles in 2017, when adding Alshon Jeffery, Chris Long, and even (or especially) backup quarterback Nick Foles helped them eventually deliver their first Super Bowl win.


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