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Former Eagles OL @EvanMathis69 will be getting another big bonus— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) March 23, 2018
He is selling his 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball card. Its expected to fetch $3.5 million @HeritageAuction, which would be one of most expensive prices ever paid at auction for sports card pic.twitter.com/H3MBYWtIaG
Figuring out what to make of the Michael Bennett situation - BGN
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The Kist & Solak Show Ep. 15: Analyzing the Eagles Player Visits - BGN Radio
Michael Kist reacts to the Mike Wallace signing and has the scoop on all the official visits the Eagles have brought to town with analysis on how they translate to actionable information. Plus, analysis on what Big Draft is mocking to the Eagles at pick 32!
Mailbag: Should the Eagles trade or cut safety Rodney McLeod - PhillyVoice
I think some of the frustration with McLeod is over the top, though for what he is making, he would ideally make more impact plays than he does. However you feel about him, McLeod isn’t going anywhere. In 2018, if the Eagles were to release him, he would count for $9,218,750 in dead money. It would actually cost the Eagles more to release him than keep him. If they were to trade him, he would cost $7,218,750 in dead money, with a savings of just $1,187,500. If McLeod doesn’t have a good year in 2018, the Eagles could conceivably get out of their deal with him, with a moderate amount of pain. If they released or traded him, he would cost $4,812,500 in dead money, with a savings of $5,093,750. That will become a much more realistic scenario if the Eagles take a safety in the 2018 NFL Draft, which feels likely.
Coaching Matters - Iggles Blitz
Nick Foles isn’t special in any way. When he is asked to carry the offense, things don’t go so well. He can’t create plays on a consistent basis. Blocking is a must for Foles. All QBs struggle with pressure, but it really gets to Foles. He has a history of backpedaling and making poor throws. We have only seen Wentz play with mediocre personnel once, and that was his rookie year. Even with the worst set of WRs in the league and a constantly shuffling OL, Wentz led the Eagles to a 7-9 record and made his share of plays. Wentz did get legitimate weapons in 2017 and the results were spectacular. Foles posted great numbers in 2013, but this is where having seen the tape is so crucial. Foles got a lot of lucky breaks that year, where underthrown balls or contested passes were caught by Eagles and turned into big plays. Wentz, on the other hand, made some ridiculously special plays.
From Don Smolenski, ‘Thank You’ To Fans - PE.com
As the league’s owners, general managers, head coaches and key administrators gathered here on Sunday to start the NFL’s Annual Meeting, Eagles President Don Smolenski took it all in with a new perspective. A Sunday night address from Commissioner Roger Goodell, who hosted a panel of the owners, including Jeffrey Lurie, of the final four teams from the 2017 season discussing Operating In A Changing Environment, included a video tribute to the 2017 NFL season
Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins: Eric Reid’s activism tied to lack of job offers - ESPN
Free-agent safety Eric Reid is still without a team, and Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins believes it’s tied to Reid’s role in the player activism movement. ”Absolutely. It would be hard to say that he’s not getting any calls just on talent alone,” Jenkins told ESPN. “I think any team that is considering him is going to weigh his political views and the strong stance that he’s taken the last couple years, and that’s unfortunate, but it’s just kind of what it is. So hopefully, teams will look past that and evaluate him as a player, and I think as a player he deserves a spot in this league. But I’d be kidding myself if I said that his stance isn’t playing a role in him not having a call yet.”
Michael Bennett indicted for injuring elderly paraplegic at Super Bowl LI - USA Today
Rusty Hardin, the famed Houston defense attorney who has represented Roger Clemens and other high-profile clients, told USA TODAY Sports that Bennett is currently out of the country and plans to surrender Monday.
Doubt Mike Wallace’s speed? He’ll race you - NBC Sports Philadelphia
He didn’t break the record, instead settling for a time of 4.33 seconds, which just happened to be the second-fastest time recorded that year. With a smile, Wallace said he would have run a 4.1 sans injury. So after nine years in the league, what time could Wallace run today? “Probably like 4.3. I told you my hamstring was tweaked that day,” Wallace said, showing off a quick wit to go along with his lighting foot speed. “I told you. I was running slow. That was a bad day for me. I had plans on breaking the record when I got there, but the hammy tweaked up. It’s good. Still not going to stop the show. I think I can run a 4.3. “Whenever you want to race, just let me know. Whenever you’re ready, just let me know, baby. We can do it. I’m with it, always.”
NFL Catch Rule, Rewritten: League Aims to Simplify; Result Could Complicate - The MMQB
I think the words of Bills coach Sean McDermott at the NFL’s coaching-development symposium heartened those in the crowd—such as Cincinnati defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. McDermott’s message basically was: It’s not you; it’s me. Most often when head-coaching interviews happen, candidates fail to get the job because they’re not exactly what the team is looking for, or they’re not on the side of the ball the team is looking for ideally. It’s not because they stink. Austin, for instance, has interviewed seven times and not gotten a job. I always think so much of the coaching merry-go-round is chance and happenstance, and based on which is the hot team. In December, Frank Reich was on the radar of zero teams; now he’s the head coach of the team with Andrew Luck at quarterback. He got the job because the Eagles’ late-season hot streak, the discovery that he was a huge piece of the Super Bowl-winning strategic offensive puzzle in Philadelphia, and because Josh McDaniels dropped out. I’ve long believed that there’s little that helps a prospective coach other than the performance of his players and his ability to control a room of men. Lobbying the owners and GMs is zero help. This symposium identifies coaches who may be head-coaching prospects down the road, and it’s a good idea. I saw incoming Eagles quarterback coach Press Taylor down here for the symposium. It’s smart for the NFL to develop young prospects early on.
Signing of Marcus Martin could suggest La’el Collins is staying at right tackle - Blogging The Boys
[BLG Note: Great news, if true.]
I survived the NFL Scouting Combine - SB Nation
Stanford linebacker Peter Kalambayi was one of the top performers at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this month. He writes to SB Nation about his experience.
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