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FINISHED! Introducing the Eagles Championship Parade word art - handwritten with the date, score, and opponent of every game in Eagles history!! pic.twitter.com/XzIhjmJwxu— Dan (@phillywordart) March 14, 2018
New Eagles Championship Parade Philly Word Art - CBS Philly
Dan Duffy of Philly Word Art did it again! Duffy’s newest print is an image of the Eagles’ Super Bowl parade on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway composed of the handwritten score, date, and opponent of all 1,188 games in Eagles history. A 16×20 print is $49.99 at PhillyWordArt.com.
Scouting New Eagles Defensive Tackle Haloti Ngata - BGN
The 34-year old is coming off a down season, but not due to production. Ngata’s 2017 campaign ended after suffering a torn biceps, forcing him to only play in five games. It was assumed that Ngata would return to a Detroit Lions team that needed defensive tackle depth outside of budding DT A’Shawn Robinson. Instead, Ngata and his five Pro Bowls decided to chase another ring by bolting to Philadelphia. The question with all of these newly acquired players, of course, is how they will be deployed and how they fit.
The Kist And Solak Show Ep. 12: How Haloti Ngata Will Fit With The Eagles DLine - BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak make their New Football Year Resolutions while breaking down the first wave of free agency news. Lane restructures, Burton is out, Ngata is in, Cousins gets a ridiculous fully guaranteed contract, find out what it all means.
Eagle Eye: How Will Jim Schwartz Utilize His New Toys? - PE.com
Now let’s get to the additions the team made official on Wednesday, and I want to start with the acquisition of Michael Bennett from Seattle. I’m very excited to see how he fits in with this disruptive Eagles defensive front. The veteran played over 900 snaps a year ago for the Seahawks, all while dealing with a foot injury. When I watch him and anticipate how he’s going to look in the structure of the Eagles’ defensive scheme, all I can do is smile. Bennett is a relentless player with a great motor. He’s naturally powerful, is wired into the snap count (giving him a great jump off the ball), and can attack the run and pass equally well. His versatility will absolutely be put to good use in Jim Schwartz’s defense, as he’s got the ability to rush both outside and inside.
Rumors No More - Iggles Blitz
Wow. Everything I heard indicated Bradham was headed out of town. The Eagles didn’t have great options at LB so I think bringing him back is a great move. There was no question for me of wanting him back. It was all about the money. That is a big contract, but we’ll have to wait and see what the exact numbers are. I’m glad the Eagles were able to work things out with their star LB. They don’t win the Super Bowl without him running the middle of the defense. Keeping Bradham and adding Corey Nelson means there will be change at LB, just not the one we expected. The team is shopping Mychal Kendricks. His salary looks pretty reasonable right now so my guess is that they’ll find a taker. The Eagles won’t get a great deal for Kendricks, but they need draft picks and also still need to clear cap room so I think they’ll get something done.
Brent Celek’s Eagles legacy built upon character and toughness - Inquirer
Celek, despite his struggles, didn’t cower and hide. He understood the anger of Eagles fans because he was just as infuriated – by his performance and by his teammates who didn’t play to their capabilities in what would be coach Andy Reid’s last season. “It makes me sick,” Celek said. “This is our job. This is what we’re supposed to do, and we’re failing at it.” There might not have been another player during Celek’s 11 seasons in Philadelphia who took as much pride in putting in a hard day’s work. It is why I wasn’t surprised when he said last week, in a text message, that he planned to keep playing football.
Never doubt Howie Roseman - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Never doubt Howie. Just don’t. Not when it comes to money. Not when it comes to the salary cap. Not when it comes to keeping players the Eagles need to keep. Nobody juggles the cap like Howie Roseman. Nobody knows all the twists and turns and back-alleys of the CBA like Roseman. Nobody has the ability to see a year, two years, three years into the future and understand how all the chess pieces are going to have to fit together like Roseman. And that’s why Nigel Bradham is still an Eagle.
Top 50 NFL Free Agents Left - Rotoworld
The last two days of free agency were chock full of movement, and most top free agents have been scratched from this list. Nevertheless, there are several defensive linemen and defensive backs who will be impact 2018 contributors, with a handful of intriguing offensive linemen mixed in. We’re nearing the second wave of free agency, but there is still a sliver of first-wave talent left on the board.
Five Eagles takeaways: What the film shows on Michael Bennett and Daryl Worley - The Athletic
I watched Worley on film and came away with conflicting feelings. On one hand, I think he definitely has the talent to be a starting outside cornerback in the league. Worley is a plus athlete and has great length. But he gambles at times and can be vulnerable to double moves. In a Week 15 matchup, the Packers tried often to take advantage of Worley’s aggressiveness. They had opportunities but didn’t convert.
Malcolm Butler opens up about Super Bowl benching - Boston Herald
“I never got a reason,” Butler told the Herald. “I feel like this was the reason: I got kind of sick. I went to the hospital. They probably thought I was kind of late on the game plan; I wasn’t as locked in as I should be and could have been a matchup deal. It could have been anything. But Bill Belichick has been doing this for a very long time. He took a veteran out of Super Bowl XLIX (against the Seahawks) and put in a first-year rookie, and that turned out right, so you could never question his decision. It didn’t work out right (against the Eagles). It didn’t work out the best for me or him or the New England Patriots. But I can say he won more than he lost, so it is what it is. I always have love for New England, Bill Belichick, Mr. Kraft, all those guys. Life just goes on.”
There are conflicting reports on whether or not the Cowboys are interested in Ndamukong Suh - Blogging The Boys
Time will tell whether or not the Dallas Cowboys are actually contemplating making a bid for Ndamukong Suh. Players of his caliber aren’t available all the time, and the status of their defensive tackle group is thin. A big name like Suh is usually not someone the Cowboys pursue in free agency, but it was also reported they checked in on Sammy Watkins earlier, so maybe they are re-thinking it.
Chicago Bears to sign kicker Cody Parkey - Windy City Gridiron
Filling in offensive weapon gaps for Mitchell Trubisky naturally meant that Bears general manager Ryan Pace had to find a suitable kicking upgrade. A kicker that could match a hopeful high-flying offense. A kicker with a big leg and high upside. After already nabbing Allen Robinson and Trey Burton on offense , the Bears have added that special teams man in the form of former Dolphins’ kicker Cody Parkey, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. — [BLG Note: Parkey got $15 million over four years with $9 million guaranteed!]
NFL free agency: Detroit Lions cut former 1st-round pick Eric Ebron - Pride of Detroit
Ebron’s career in Detroit ends after a tumultuous four years in Detroit. The former first-round pick struggled with drops over the first three years of his career, permanently souring his relationship with fans. Regardless, the Lions opted to exercise his fifth-year option in 2017, worth $8.25 million for the 2018 season. In 2017, the drops seemed to decline, but his production was slow in the first couples months. After the Lions first started toying with the idea of a trade at the deadline in 2017, Ebron turned his season around and finally matched the production many believed he was capable.
Tyrann Mathieu: A winning culture matters more to me than money - PFT
“It’s not all about money for me,” he said. “I want to go somewhere where I can be completely immersed in football, and it’s not too much about anything but winning. I want to be a part of winning culture, where you feel that all the time. That’s all I want.” — [BLG Note: I know a place like that!]
On Risk, Old Rules and How Kirk Cousins Laid The Groundwork To Forever Change NFL Contracts - Sports Illustrated
The 2016 Eagles/2017 Bears over-investment-at-quarterback model we’ve discussed here is exactly what we’re seeing in Cleveland (Taylor), New York (Josh McCown/Teddy Bridgewater), Denver (Keenum) and Arizona (Sam Bradford/Mike Glennon). Each team dropped money well into eight figures on veteran quarterbacks with eyes firmly trained on the college class coming.
NFL Free Agency 2018: Fantasy Football Winners, Losers - DraftKings
Paul Richardson, WR, Redskins - P-Rich will go from one of the most aggressive, creative quarterbacks in the league to one of the most conservative. Whereas Russell Wilson had to carry the Seahawks on his back, the Redskins will ask Alex Smith to manage the game. Even last season, when Smith allegedly “turned over a new leaf,” he still ranked 33rd in Average Depth of Target. Wilson ranked fourth. So it’s not a great fit for the speedy Richardson, who also will have to compete for targets with Reed, Doctston, Thompson and Jamison Crowder.
2018 NFL free agency grades: The Cardinals keep making bad decisions - SB Nation
Eagles re-sign Nigel Bradham - Grade: A. Bradham was one of the better inside linebackers hitting free agency, and holding onto him is key for the Eagles defense to avoid taking a step back next season. Howie Roseman has had to make some other moves to clear up cap space for the moves the team needs to make. This one, a five-year, $40 million deal, is worth it.
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