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Keep calm and don’t panic Cowboys fans, the franchise is doing just fine - Blogging The Boys
BLG Note: Totally agree! Don’t change a thing, Cowboys. Your franchise has the same amount of playoff wins (three) since 1996 as Eagles backup quarterback Nick Foles had this year alone. You’re doing great.

It’s worth noting that the official team site disagrees with BTB, though.

Michael Bennett was reportedly a ‘pain in the ass’ and a ‘problem’ for Seahawks coaches in 2017 - BGN
Whenever a talented player is acquired for a low price that seems too good to be true, there’s always a question: what’s the catch? In these situations, it usually doesn’t take long for a player’s former team to leak unflattering commentary about them to the media. We saw this with Eagles’ trade for Jay Ajayi during the 2017 season. Now we’re already beginning to hear some concerns about new Eagles pass rusher Michael Bennett.

Is Darby A Casualty Of Great Depth At CB? - BGN Radio
John Barchard, Brandon Gowton & Jack Fritz all sit down to chat about a lot of different news since the NFL Combine wrapped up on Monday. Is it possible that Darby is on the block? John recaps some of the things he learned at the Combine, including what Vinny Curry wants to do with his contract. Plus some offers were made to the Eagles for Nick Foles, what is it going to take for him to be in a different uniform this season? All that and more on 303.

Eagles-only mock draft, version 2.0 - PhillyVoice
Fumagalli is a redshirt senior who has put up decent numbers in a run-dominant offense at Wisconsin. In 2016, he had 47 catches for 580 yards and two TDs. In 2017, he had 46 catches for 547 and four TDs. Still, Fumagalli is a skilled receiver with great height who is fearless over the middle, and grinds for yards after the catch. Fumagalli isn’t the most athletic tight end in this draft, but he’s a great effort player who is willing to block. In that respect, he reminds a little of Brent Celek.

The Flip Side - Iggles Blitz
Seattle was a dysfunctional team even when they were winning big. Pete Carroll ran that place like a circus and there was tension between star players, especially offense vs defense. I’m sure that situation didn’t bring out the best in Bennett. The Eagles are a very different kind of team. There are strong, vocal leaders, but they all get along. That won’t last forever, but the team is in a really good place right now. You can bring in some big personalities and it won’t poison the locker room. Eagles players do a good job of policing themselves and Doug Pederson is a strong leader as well.

Who could trade for Nick Foles? Two teams make the most sense - ESPN
Based on this exercise, the Cardinals and Browns seem like the two teams most open to exploring a trade for Foles, but it’s questionable whether he’s anyone’s Plan A. That makes sense. There’s a decent number of free-agent quarterbacks out there this year, including Cousins, Keenum, Bridgewater and McCarron, and several of these teams are well-positioned to take a quarterback high in the April draft. Why give up precious draft picks if you don’t have to? Unless someone is plain smitten with Foles, it seems his market would better develop after the top free-agent quarterbacks are off the board and the teams that come up empty begin setting their sights elsewhere.

Eagles free agency predictions: Who will stay, go, get traded and be released? - The Athletic
Kapadia: We’ve discussed at length the pros and cons of potentially trading Foles. I think he gets dealt — and relatively soon. Foles is due a $3 million roster bonus on March 18, per a source. In my opinion, the Cardinals, Vikings and Browns are the most likely suitors for Foles. The Vikings have been linked strongly to Kirk Cousins. But if that doesn’t work out, they could take a swing at Foles, especially since their new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo knows Foles well. The Browns have a crazy amount of draft capital, but it seems as if they like A.J. McCarron exponentially more than any team in the league. So that leaves the Cardinals, a team that finished fourth in defensive DVOA last year and has a dynamic running back in David Johnson. Arizona is in dire need of a QB, and 20 teams have more cap space than the Cardinals. They have four top-100 picks in the draft. Perhaps a deal that involves the Eagles moving up from 32 to 15 in the first round could be worked out. Or maybe the Eagles end up acquiring the No. 47 overall pick (second round) and a player. One way or another, I think Foles ends up on the Cardinals.

Film Breakdown: What Michael Bennett brings to the Eagles’ defensive line - Inquirer
In the Seahawks’ sub packages, Bennett lined up predominately at left end. It’s unclear where the Eagles hope to line him up. Graham started on the left and Curry on the right last season, with Chris Long and Derek Barnett as their primary backups. Bennett can do either.

No NFL exec trades quite like Howie Roseman - NBC Sports Philadelphia
The most impressive thing about Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman isn’t that he outlasted Chip Kelly, won the power struggle and took back his old job. The most impressive thing is that since he got the power back, he’s been bolder than before. Roseman was never one to shy away from aggressiveness before his demotion but since being reinstated to power early in 2016, the Eagles’ de facto general manager has been as gutsy on the phone as Doug Pederson has been calling plays on the field. A lot of folks would have probably played it a little safe after going through the demotion, but Roseman hasn’t and it’s a big reason the Eagles won the Super Bowl.

Free agents who could garner one-year deals - PFF
Darren Sproles is now 34 years old and coming off a broken arm and torn ACL that ended his season. Added to the fact that he has always been a role player within an offense, and the market for him may not be very strong. Sproles can still be a dynamic matchup weapon for an offense though, and would be worthy of a roster spot for a team without a receiving threat in their backfield. In 2016, Sproles gained 1.34 yards per route run, catching 82.5 percent of the passes thrown his way and topping 50 targets and receptions for the sixth time in his career.

Lots of Money and Nothing to Buy: The Truth About This Year’s Free Agent Class - B/R
NIgel Bradham and Trey Burton will get signed at Super Bowl premium prices while Eagles GM Howie Roseman (who can out-Moneyball any Moneyballer) collects supplemental draft picks, lets the Eagles budget cool down a bit and, oh yeah, polishes the Lombardi Trophy.

Trades in the NFL are Still a Market Inefficiency - Inside The Pylon
Trades in the NFL have become more commonplace than in the past, but they’re still not utilized as often as they should be. Trading a 5th and a backup receiver for Michael Bennett is a steal for Howie Roseman, and Roseman has pulled off deals like this before. In the off-season he traded a 3rd round pick to the Baltimore Ravens for IDL Timmy Jernigan and a 3rd rounder. He traded the Eagles’ 4th round selection in the 2018 draft for RB Jay Ajayi mid-season, facilitating a deal with his well acquainted trade partner, Miami Dolphins‘ GM Mike Tannenbaum. This trade gave Philadelphia a healthy stable of running backs with different styles to run behind the best offensive line in the NFL en route to a Super Bowl run.

Is new Seahawks WR Marcus Johnson a replacement for Paul Richardson? - Field Gulls
The Seattle Seahawks have an interesting decision to make this offseason in regards to Paul Richardson. After three seasons where he dealt with various injuries and a relative lack of playing time, Richardson had a career season gaining over 700 yards. This number isn’t very impressive on its own, but Richardson made some spectacular catches and was one of their primary deep threats down the field. To make matters more interesting, the Seattle Seahawks traded Michael Bennett and their seventh round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for Marcus Johnson and a fifth round pick. One question that I wanted to answer after this trade was whether the Seahawks might see Johnson as a replacement for Richardson in their offense.

Aqib Talib is still really good. So why did the Broncos trade the Pro Bowl corner to the Rams? - SB Nation
Denver is sending the Rams the man who gave them six pick-sixes in four years.


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