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NFL agent Greg Linton is praising Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman and director of football administration (guy who handles contracts) Jake Rosenberg.

NFL Mock Draft Roundup: Ronald Jones is the closest thing to a consensus pick for the Eagles - BGN
The 2018 NFL Draft will be here before you know it. Mock draft season is in gear and there’s no shortage of opinion as to whom the Philadelphia Eagles might select with the No. 32 overall pick. Let’s take a look at which players the experts have the Eagles taking this week.

Eagles mailbag: Thoughts on Sidney Jones, the cheating Patriots, and more - PhillyVoice
McCarron had a similar situation as Jones, as he suffered an arm injury prior to the draft his rookie season, and the Cincinnati Bengals subsequently held him out for most of the year. McCarron argued that he was well enough to play, and that he was only kept on the NFI (non-football injury) list for most of the season to purposely keep him from earning an accrued season. Through arbitration, McCarron won his case, and was granted unrestricted free agent status. So, yes, the Eagles should absolutely be mindful of McCarron’s situation. Jones was activated from the NFI list late in the season, like McCarron, but he felt that he was healthy much earlier than that. As such, seeing the result that McCarron got, Jones could seek to challenge his restricted free agent status at the end of his contract. The Eagles would be wise to plan their future with Jones accordingly, not just assuming that they will have him under their control for five seasons.

TE Talk - Iggles Blitz
Billy Brown is in his second year with the team. He was a D2 WR, but made a nice transition to TE last spring and summer. I was surprised at how well he played and thought he had a shot at even making the roster. Brown showed talent and potential last year. This year he has to show that he could be a reliable player for a team that expects to compete for another title. That takes more than just talent. He’s got to know the playbook thoroughly and to have the trust of his teammates. Adam Zaruba is the former rugby player who was extremely raw. He did show NFL type talent. He will have a full offseason and that will help his transition to football. I don’t know if he can win a job this year, but TE is a weird position where guys from other sports can sometimes adapt quicker than expected. He’s more of a long shot, but don’t rule him out.

The Nick Foles trade market: Where he could land, and chances Eagles deal him - ESPN
The Cardinals do not have a single quarterback under contract for 2018 at the moment, and rightly plan to be “very aggressive” when it comes to finding a signal-caller, according to new coach Steve Wilks. Both general manager Steve Keim and Wilks have signaled that trading for a quarterback is an option. Keim added that they’d like to add both someone with experience as well as a prospect to develop. Could Foles be their bridge quarterback? He carries a manageable cap number of $7.6 million in 2018 and would be a more affordable option than, say, Cousins, even if they extended him. The Cards currently have around $22 million in cap space and have an extra third-rounder in the April draft after being awarded a compensatory pick. The Eagles are about $9 million over the cap and lack both a second- and third-round pick in the upcoming draft. For what it’s worth, Foles and his wife, Tori, both attended the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Brandon Graham wants and should get a new contract - Inquirer
Graham will turn 30 on April 3, but he has played far fewer snaps than most typical first-round ends. He has missed only one game over the last six seasons, but he became a starter – for coaching and scheme reasons – only three years ago. And then there are the off-the-field intangibles Graham brings to the Eagles. He is routinely cited as one of the hardest workers on the team. He is a locker room, in-the-huddle leader. And he’s the type of player coach Doug Pederson would rather not irritate, something Pederson said he wouldn’t hesitate to tell Roseman. “Guys really respect him,” Pederson said. “He was a huge part of the defense. Made the game-winning play basically in the Super Bowl, and he’s certainly valuable to the team.” It’s time the Eagles showed him.

Eagles Stay or Go — Has Jaylen Watkins worn out welcome? - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Watkins is a restricted free agent this offseason so it’ll really be up to the Eagles if they want him back. They aren’t going to tender him, so he’ll become unrestricted on March 14. They weren’t going to pay him what that contract would cost. But that doesn’t mean he’s necessarily gone. It’s not like there will be a lot of teams busting down doors to get to him. While Watkins isn’t a starter, he played some good snaps for the Eagles in 2017 and was a backup at every position on defense. When the Eagles needed a cornerback instead of a safety, Watkins moved there in the summer. He should be cheap enough to keep.

Torrey Smith braces for possible free agency - PFT
Eagles receiver Torrey Smith has said he hopes to remain with the team for 2018. But Smith and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, are bracing for the possibility of the Eagles choosing not to continue the relationship. Rosenhaus explained during a Friday visit to PFT Live that Smith could indeed be released by the Eagles, who hold an option on the next two years of Smith’s contract. Due to pay Smith a $5 million salary in 2018, the Eagles could decide to cut the cord and find a cheaper replacement.

This Former LSU Receiver’s Blazing Speed Makes Him One Of Saturday’s Combine Winners - PE.com
In my opinion, the best workout from the receivers belonged to D.J. Moore, the Philadelphia native out of the University of Maryland. Tony mentioned the exact numbers above, but keep in mind that the junior did all that after weighing in at 210 pounds, a good weight for a 6-0 receiver. Moore is built like a running back, tested like a great athlete, and performed well in drills on Saturday morning.

2018 NFL Scouting Combine: Live updates from Indy - PFF
Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State. Gesicki – our No. 7 tight end – was expected to put up solid testing numbers at the combine as his athleticism was evident on film and he didn’t disappoint. He posted an impressive 41.5-inch vertical leap to go along with his 10-foot-9 broad jump. Gesicki also bench pressed 225-pounds an impressive 22 times. Topping it off, he also ran a 4.54 40-yard dash time and looks like he’ll be a weapon down the seam in the NFL.

NFL Combine results: Winners and losers from the WRs on the bench press, 40-yard dash, and other workouts - SB Nation
LSU’s D.J. Chark had an overall great showing on Saturday. He ran the fastest 40-yard dash of the NFL Combine through Saturday with a 4.34. He then leaped for a 40-inch vertical, and again for a 10’9 broad jump. One of the biggest standouts of the entire combine has been Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki. In a draft class that’s not heavy on talented tight ends, Gesicki put on a display with a 4.54 40-yard dash, a 41.5-inch vertical, a 10’0 broad jump, and 22 bench press reps. If teams didn’t love him before today, they certainly will now. Maryland’s D.J. Moore and Texas Tech’s Dylan Cantrell were also a pair of players who performed quite well in the workouts on Saturday and helped their draft stock this weekend.

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