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Trey Burton feels ‘hurt’ by Eagles - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Burton, who has agreed to a four-year, $32 million deal with the Bears, a league source confirmed, joined the SportsRadio 94WIP Jon Marks and Ike Reese afternoon show on Tuesday and was asked about the conversations his agent had with the Eagles about possibly retaining him. Those conversations apparently didn’t get too far. “Nah, I was really disappointed, man, honestly,” Burton said. “If I’m going to be open and transparent, I was really disappointed there wasn’t any offer. Didn’t even seem like they were really trying to make it happen. In reality, you can make anything happen if you really want to. That was my mindset. I’m really disappointed in that. It kind of hurt me a little bit.

How Kirk Cousins reportedly signing with the Vikings impacts the Eagles - BGN
The Minnesota Vikings are reportedly signing free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins to a three-year contract worth around $86 million. And the entire thing is fully guaranteed. This deal has some implications for the Eagles, so let’s break it down.

Coming and Going - Iggles Blitz
Initially I thought Nelson was coming to Philly to be the new Najee Goode. That second tweet makes me think he might be a bigger part of the defense. The Eagles might see him as a potential “starter”…in the base defense. They mostly play with just two LBs on the field, but Nelson could be the third guy when they play a true 4-3. It is also possible that the Eagles are either going to cut or trade Mychal Kendricks and see Nelson as a younger, cheaper player at WLB. My guess is that they keep Kendricks and go with a trio of Jordan Hicks, Kendricks and Nelson. All three of them can run and cover. Nelson signed a one-year deal because he wants to come and play and have a shot at getting a bigger deal a year from now. He’s going to be a hungry, motivated player.

Free Agency And The Plan Is Upon Us -
A new NFL year is upon us, and with it brings Stage 6 of the Seven Ways to Celebrate an Eagles Super Bowl Win: the reality that changes are here, a new roster is going to be put in place, and that you are going to have to embrace the changes – releasing Brent Celek on Tuesday is one of the changes that is a tough part of the business ...

The Eagles’ strategy to win the Super Bowl was smart, and they’re sticking to it - Inquirer
At a time when franchises value the flexibility that comes with a hoard of draft picks and the cost-effectiveness that comes with a young roster, the Eagles won a championship by targeting a market inefficiency: veteran players of high football character. Over the last decade-plus, the NFL has gotten younger and less experienced; according to the research firm Football Outsiders, the average age of a player who saw significant playing time fell from 27.2 in 2006 to 26.6 in 2015, the lowest mark of that 10-year period. There was a potential edge to be gained, then, by acquiring older, more experienced players, provided that the franchise already had a talented quarterback still on his rookie contract – and in Carson Wentz, the Eagles did – and provided that those players were filling to fit seamlessly into a team-first environment and culture.

Philadelphia Eagles free agency takeaways on Haloti Ngata, Brent Celek and more - PennLive
Ngata’s looming arrival also illustrates that the Eagles remain open to adding veterans on one-year contracts. Philadelphia employed this somewhat unusual strategy to bring LeGarrette Blount, Chris Long and others into the fold last year. Once again, the thinking seems to be that Philly’s investments paid off in 2017 with a Super Bowl title, so they’ll try to replicate them in 2018. And as the Eagles aim to situate themselves as perennial contenders, they become more appealing to veterans like Ngata. While Philly gets to sign an accomplished defensive tackle without much risk, Ngata gets a chance to truly chase another Super Bowl championship.

Top 50 NFL Free Agents Left - Rotoworld
The top of the NFL Free Agent market took a big hit on Tuesday, when teams throughout the league agreed to terms with players who can’t technically sign on the dotted line until Wednesday afternoon. So don’t be surprised if a handful of Tuesday’s agreed-to deals fall through after players, agents, and teams “sleep on it.” Nevertheless, when excluding players who agreed to contracts on Tuesday, this is what the top of the remaining free agent market looks like.

Report: Eagles to sign former Broncos linebacker Corey Nelson - Mile High Report
The Denver Broncos reserve linebacker and special teams ace, Corey Nelson, has opted to sign a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles rather than remain with the Broncos. The decision to go with the Eagles came down to Nelson’s desire to have a larger role on the team than what the Broncos were offering. Nelson was a seventh-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and had seen his role gradually increase in that time from deep on the depth chart to a major contributor on special teams to a regular on the field defender. He amassed over 100 tackles in four seasons in those various roles.

Orlovsky: The top three things NFL players consider as free agents - The Athletic
Most NFL players who hit free agency are veterans still capable of playing really good football. It’s imperative for organizations to know what players are looking for. Most players look at three things in this situation: 1. How much can you pay me? 2. Where are you located? 3. Who’s your head coach? Yes, there are other variables that factor in, but in most cases, none as major as these. And the truth is, some teams have a leg up on others. The Dallas Cowboys can say: We can pay you a good amount; we have a fancy practice facility in Frisco, Texas; and we have no state income tax. For a lot of players, it won’t matter who the head coach is after that. That’s not a knock on Jason Garrett; it’s just a natural mindset.

Giants Free Agency 2018: Jonathan Stewart signs with New York - Big Blue View
NFL insider Ian Rapaport is reporting the deal to be for two years with a $6.9 million base salary, $2.95 million in guarantees and a max value of $8.4 million.

[BLG Note: Reminder that Stewart had eight carries for negative four rushing yards against the Eagles in 2017.]

Redskins Free Agency Rumors: Washington expected to sign WR Paul Richardson to 5 year, $40m deal - Hogs Haven
The Redskins are reportedly going to sign their top target at WR this week. Former Seattle Seahawks WR Paul Richardson is expected to sign a 5 year deal worth $40 million, with $20 million in guarantees. Richardson(6”, 183lbs, 25yo) had his best season in the NFL last year with 44 catches for 703 yards and 6 TDs. He is a former 2nd round pick out of Colorado, who tore his ACL in 2012 before his junior season. Richardson also tore his ACL at the end of his rookie season in a playoff win over the Panthers. Richardson’s 2015 season also ended early due to injury (hamstring).

[BLG Note: Long live Dan Snyder.]

What happened to gambling, risk-taking Jerry Jones? - Blogging The Boys
In other words, the Cowboys employ the exact same tepid, low-risk approach to trades as they do free agency: they’re not going to make a big splash or take any real chances. Instead they’ll make bargain-basement investments and hope to hit the occasional lottery pick (Rolando McClain did start 23 games and provided better than average middle linebacker play during his stint in Dallas). It’s simply hard to reconcile how a franchise once run by the most daring, swash-buckling owner in professional sports has become a timid, sideline watcher in two major avenues of roster building.

Bears to sign quarterback Chase Daniel - Windy City Gridiron
The Chicago Bears have signed quarterback Chase Daniel, according to Peter Schrager of Fox Sports. This signing comes as no surprise, as previous reports detailed that the Bears would have interest in the 31-year-old. The other rumored team in the hunt for Daniel was the Kansas City Chiefs, for whom he played from 2013 to 2015.

Sam Bradford has made so much money in his NFL career, holy crap - SB Nation
Sam Bradford is set to make up to $20 million this year as the starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals. That will bring his lifetime earnings to over $134 million. That’s absolutely astonishing when you think about the path he’s taken and that he has never taken his team to the playoffs or even made the Pro Bowl. Bradford was drafted first overall by the Rams in 2010. Although his career has been marred by injury, he’s still been paid like a top pick throughout it. That’s not changing with his latest deal in Arizona, either. Let’s look at Bradford’s career and compensation by the numbers.


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