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Eagles News: Philadelphia is projected to receive multiple compensatory picks in 2019 NFL Draft

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Where do the Eagles currently stand on gaining compensatory picks in the 2019 NFL Draft? - PhillyVoice
If Blount and Sturgis can garner contracts big enough to at least count for seventh-round compensatory picks, then they would cancel out Ngata and Nelson instead of Allen and Robinson, because their contracts are likely to be more in line with what Ngata and Nelson earned. That would mean that the Eagles would be on track to gain a pair of sixth-round picks for Allen and Robinson, in addition to the fourth-round pick they currently stand to gain for Burton. Got it? OK, good.

The Draft Bag: Nigel Bradham, Jordan Hicks, Mike Gesicki and Jim Schwartz’s development - BGN
Looking forward, my next move in the linebacking corps concerns Jordan Hicks (I’m still actively shopping Mychal Kendricks, of course). Given the structure of Bradham’s contract, Philadelphia could hold onto him at a pretty high cap number in 2020 and 2021 ($9M apiece) if he continues his high level of play—but if you want to move on from Bradham, you better be sure you have a healthy Jordan Hicks. I’d sign Jordan Hicks to a two- or three-year extension on the cheap, and I’d do it quickly. After two-season ending injuries, Hicks may put together a strong season in his contract year—not uncommon—and all of a sudden you have to play an oft-injured player starter-level money for only 10-12 games a season. By extending Hicks, you can slow-play your LB situation. Hicks stays healthy and plays well across his extension, you give him a shiny new deal and consider moving on from Bradham in 2020; worst case, Hicks continues struggling with injury and you let him walk once his extension expires, rolling with Bradham as your big-money linebacker into 2021.

Two For The Road - Iggles Blitz
Curry was a good player for the Eagles, despite the fact he had some tough circumstances at times. He didn’t play much as a rookie in 2012 and then was thrown into the 3-4 defense from 2013-2015. Curry did post good numbers in 2014, with 9 sacks and 4 FFs. I thought Curry would thrive when Jim Schwartz brought the 4-3 back in 2016. That just didn’t happen. Curry proved to be an excellent run defender as the RDE. He set the edge, forcing RBs to stay inside or bounce deep and to the outside. Curry had 13 TFLs over the last two years. He would penetrate and blow plays up. The problem is that Curry wasn’t good enough as a pass rusher. He only totaled 5.5 sacks over the past two seasons. Curry did get pressure more frequently than that sack total would indicate, but the coaches were frustrated with his inability to finish plays. Curry was due $11M this year and you can’t get paid like that if you aren’t more of a playmaker.

Eagles, Patriots ahead of the curve when it comes to trades - ESPN
Since executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman regained control of personnel in 2016, the Eagles have executed 20 trades in all, including a pair this week that brought defensive end Michael Bennett in from the Seattle Seahawks and sent wide receiver Torrey Smith to the Carolina Panthers for cornerback Daryl Worley. Only the Patriots have executed more deals over that span with 21.

Looking back at trio of Eagles’ 2016 extensions - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Back in early 2016, just after Howie Roseman had been reinstated to his post of power, he pulled out some moves from the classic Joe Banner playbook. He tried to find value in projection. Within a nine-day span in early 2016, the Eagles signed Vinny Curry, Zach Ertz and Lane Johnson to lucrative five-year extensions. Since then, Ertz and Johnson have grown into Pro Bowl players, rendering their contracts relative bargains. Curry simply remained a good player, which is why he was cut on Friday afternoon.

Corey Nelson Looks To ‘Break The Mold’ With Eagles -
New Eagles linebacker Corey Nelson could have remained in Denver where he spent the first four years of his NFL career. However, he feared that he would be labeled as nothing more than a role player. He was willing to bet on himself by signing a one-year deal with the Eagles for an expanded role on defense and special teams. ”I wanted to break the mold of me being a second-string linebacker. I didn’t want to have that title. I kind of wanted to go out on a limb and show people that I can be a starter in this league,” Nelson said at his introductory press conference on Thursday. “The Eagles gave me the opportunity to be able to compete, to work hard, to try to earn that right.”

The Ringer - Forget Kirk Cousins: Underpaid Quarterbacks Will Define the NFL Offseason
Start with the defending champs. The Eagles’ cap was almost stunningly well-managed. No player accounted for more than 6.23 percent of the salary cap. With Carson Wentz playing like an MVP while still on his rookie deal, they used that extra money to either extend or sign veterans. The 2016 preseason trade of a pricey Sam Bradford to the Vikings left a huge hole in the cap, space that general manager Howie Roseman used to sign wideout Alshon Jeffery, who’s now one of the team’s best players.

Patriots sign former Eagles and Seahawks offensive lineman Matt Tobin to a 1-year deal. - Pats Pulpit
Tobin provides a bit of veteran depth at both guard and tackle for the Patriots in camp. Coming out of the University of Iowa and player under one of Bill Belichick’s former offensive line coaches, I’m not surprised the Patriots had interest in him. Tobin has started 21 of 57 games, most of them coming at right guard for the Eagles in 2014. This signing does not fix the hole at left tackle, but you always need camp competition regardless.

Giardi: Source says Patriots players are miserable - NBC Sports Boston
A source tells Mike Giardi some Patriots “don’t feel appreciated,” and Bill Belichick is making “planet players” (such as Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski) miserable.

Q&A with Joe Banner: On Curry, Kendricks, Foles and restructuring contracts - The Athletic
Listen, the league still views Foles with a decent amount of skepticism. He has not had a straight arrow up career. The truth is he didn’t play very well in the regular season this year. He played OK in the first postseason game this year. And then really, really well in the next two games. That’s not enough, generally, to erase concerns that go all the way back to the draft. That’s why he fell to the third round.

Arizona Cardinals Bring WR Jordan Matthews In For A Visit - Revenge Of The Birds
Only 25 years old, Matthews seemed like he was going to be a star following a season with the Philidelphia Eagles where he caught 85 passes for 997 yards and 8 TD’s (from Eagles QB Sam Bradford at the time, as it were). However, he struggled with injuries during his time in Philly which came to a head after he left to the Buffalo Bills and didn’t hit 800 yards for the first time in his career, starting only 7 games for 282 yards and a lone touchdown.

NFL Free Agency 2018: Justin Pugh is an ex-Giant - Big Blue View
Justin Pugh has found a new home. The former New York Giants offensive lineman has reportedly agreed to a 5-year, $45 million deal with the Arizona Cardinals. The Giants’ 2013 first-round pick, Pugh is the second former Giants starting offensive lineman to secure a lucrative free-agent contract. Weston Richburg signed a 5-year, $47.5 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers. The Giants have also parted ways with Bobby Hart, and seem to have little interest in bringing D.J. Fluker back.

Big picture for Cowboys 2018 free agency to date - they are staying the course - Blogging The Boys
[BLG Note: Everything is still fine down in Dallas.]

Futures: Maurice Hurst - Football Outsiders
One the most important traits for one-gap, penetrating defensive linemen is their ability to stay “in the triangle.” Playing within the rules of the triangle will always keep defensive linemen gap-sound while making life easier for the linebackers and safeties in run support. Among draft-eligible defensive linemen, no one owned their triangle on a regular basis more than Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst. Hurst’s future is a bit murky right now after he was diagnosed with a heart disorder at the NFL Combine, but when he was on the field he was fairly easily the best defensive tackle in this year’s draft class, showing off advanced technical prowess and explosive athletic ability. What makes Hurst such a great defensive tackle is that he creates explosive plays within the confines of the defensive scheme. He doesn’t freelance or go rogue on his own adventures; he works within his triangle and disrupts offensive lines in structure.

5 of the worst moves in NFL free agency so far - SB Nation
The Giants signed 31-year-old running back Jonathan Stewart. New York has been one of the worst rushing teams in the NFL the last couple years. In 2017, Orleans Darkwa was the team’s leading rusher with 751 yards and five touchdowns. Darkwa is now a free agent and the team collectively finished No. 26 in rushing yards and No. 22 in yards per attempt. So there was a need at the position. Apparently, the Giants believe part of the solution is to add a 31-year-old running back who averaged a career-low 3.4 yards per carry in 2017.


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