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Meet the New Guys - Iggles Blitz
With Fletcher Cox, Tim Jernigan and Haloti Ngata, the Eagles have the best trio of DTs in the league. Ngata isn’t the guy he was in his prime, but he is still a massive, powerful man who can shed blocks and be disruptive. I think the Eagles rotation will help him to be more effective. Beau Allen played 422 snaps on defense in 2017. Ngata generally plays more than 500 snaps. Keeping Ngata fresh should help to bring out the best in him. Ngata is a band-aid. The Eagles are checking out DT prospects for the draft and will likely add someone to develop for the future. It would have been great to keep Allen, but he’s making $5M per year and the Eagles can’t pay him that with Cox and Jernigan making big money as well.

Report: Derrius Guice, who is admired by Duce Staley, will visit the Eagles - BGN
Will the Birds draft a running back at No. 32 overall?

Grading The Eagles Free Agency Moves - BGN Radio
James Seltzer, Brandon Gowton and John Barchard put some grades on the Eagles signings and trades over the past couple days. Nigel Bradham is back and Nick Foles looks like he’s here to stay... What will the Eagles do next? We go over that and a lot more on 306

Emotional Dorenbos ready for magical return to Philly - PhillyVoice
Jon Dorenbos didn’t expect the outpouring, but it arrived — in droves. When it became clear that a previously undiagnosed heart condition would end the 37-year-old’s football career, head coach Doug Pederson made a promise to the beloved former Eagles long snapper that, should the Birds make it to their first Super Bowl since 2005, he’d be there to watch it in person. “You’re coming with us,” Pederson told Dorenbos. Then, after the Eagles won the NFC Championship, his phone started ringing. Not only did Pederson call, but so did owner Jeff Lurie, GM Howie Roseman, team president Don Smolenski, and then-Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich, each one extending a personal invitation to Dorenbos to join them in Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII.

Nick Foles trade market appears dry -- for now - ESPN
That said, the Eagles have left the window cracked in the event a team comes calling with an offer too good to pass on, like the Vikings did when they ponied up a first- and fourth-rounder for Bradford eight days before the start of the 2016 regular season. The Eagles know from experience that demand can spike between now and September, whether as a result of a team coming up empty in the draft or losing a quarterback to injury in the spring or summer.

Nigel Bradham Returns To Be A Part Of ‘Controlled Chaos’ -
Even though the Eagles could have re-upped Bradham’s contract well before the start of free agency, the two sides didn’t reach an agreement until Wednesday morning - just hours before the veteran could have signed with another team. Bradham never wanted to leave Philadelphia. Howie Roseman told him during the end-of-season exit interview that Bradham was a “top priority.” ”I just kept confidence in him,” Bradham said of Roseman. “He’s a man of his word and if he tells you something he means it. He told me he wanted me back and I was a top priority and he was going to do everything in his power to bring me back. And you saw it.”

Weight and Injuries - Football Outsiders
NFL football is a violent game, and traumatic injuries are unfortunate but unavoidable. But are bigger players more likely to be hurt than their smaller peers?

Malcolm Jenkins on Winning the Super Bowl, Activism in the NFL, and Almost Dropping the Vince Lombardi Trophy - GQ
In a year where Malcolm Jenkins did almost everything right, the Philadelphia Eagles star defensive back nearly ended his Super Bowl-winning season with one very grave mistake—dude almost dropped the trophy at the Eagles’ victory parade. ”The next day I woke up—and, obviously, I was pretty intoxicated—and I’m like, Maaan, I really almost dropped the trophy. I hope that’s not a big thing,” he says a month later. “But you know, it was just on par for the day. You see Jason Kelce literally crowdsurfing, guys riding bikes, there was so much stuff going on that it was like, eh, somebody almost dropped the trophy. It had to be somebody. Why not me?”

Nigel Bradham came a long way to earn his long-term contract extension with Eagles - Inquirer
“I feel like we’re kind of best friends at the same time,” Bradham said Thursday. “It’s something that’s special and unique.” And maybe the nature and depth of their relationship – Bradham had played for Schwartz with the Buffalo Bills – made it easier for Schwartz to deliver a memorable and cutting warning to Bradham in early October 2016: “If you do dumbass things, pretty soon you’re going to be labeled a dumbass.” Maybe, too, their relationship made it easier for Bradham to take the criticism to heart and wise up. He accepted a deferred prosecution deal on the assault so he could avoid jail. The gun charge was dropped. Ever since, Bradham, from all available indications, has been both a model citizen and, at middle and outside linebacker, an essential member of the Eagles’ defense.

Nigel Bradham’s payday proof Eagles were right to stand by him - NBC Sports Philadelphia
“Obviously, I went through some things and made some changes and got things right, figured it out,” Bradham said Thursday, after officially signing his five-year, $40 million contract with the Eagles. “And I knew what I had to do and luckily for me I had an organization that stuck with me and was able to stand by me during that whole process and I was able to overcome it.” What changed? “Just looking at myself and probably some of the people I was around and things like that,” he said. “Just taking a step back and realizing, ‘Why is all this happening?’ “Obviously I’m a good guy and I’m really laid back and really chill, but some things were just going different for me, and I can’t really say exactly what it was, but I made some changes and it ended up working out for the better. …

Trey Burton to Chicago - FantasyGuru
Personally? I absolutely love the fit under new Bear HC Matt Nagy. The former Chief offensive coordinator is following the same path Pederson took to a head job. And Nagy was responsible for helping to design a Chief offense that utilized multi-TE packages on 378 plays in 2017, 5th-most in the NFL. This means there will be plenty of snaps for both Burton and Adam Shaheen, the gigantic 2017 second-round pick who looks more like an “in-line” type of player. Shaheen profiles as a better blocker than Burton, and potentially can be a dangerous red-zone threat with his 6’6” frame, but Burton is the better receiver and, as such, the better fantasy option.

Five Takeaways From a Frenetic Free-Agent Market - The Ringer
What can we learn from a whirlwind start to free agency during which Kirk Cousins, Case Keenum, Allen Robinson, and Dion Lewis all signed with new teams? Franchises are desperate to find answers at quarterback—and are willing to spend big for offensive linemen.

Haloti Ngata signs 1-year, $3 million deal with Philadelphia Eagles - Pride of Detroit
It was apparent early in free agency that the Eagles were the leading contenders to land Ngata. They were the first team to bring him in for a visit, and while the Lions reportedly had interest in bringing him back, they apparently weren’t willing to pay him all that much. Remember, Ngata had expressed interest in returning to Detroit back in January. Ngata leaves Detroit after spending three years with the team. He had 53 tackles and 6.0 sacks in those three seasons.

Bears re-sign Pat O’Donnell - Windy City Gridiron
He’s back everybody! Adam Schefter of ESPN has reported the Chicago Bears will be re-signing punter Patrick O’Donnell to a one-year deal. The value of his contract is $1.5 million, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. It is currently unknown if the value of his contract is fully guaranteed.

The secret salary cap formula successful NFL teams rely on - SB Nation
For NFL teams, it’s not just about staying under the salary cap, it’s also about keeping your salaries balanced.


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